BENNINGTON, IDAHO--Linda Crane Brittain, 58, our wonderful mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, teacher, neighbor and friend, died Saturday, Dec 12,1998. Linda, of West Valley City, Utah, lost her valiant 3-year battle with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma at the home of her sister, Kristi, in Bennington, Idaho.
Linda was born Nov 12, 1940 in Montpelier, Idaho, the first child of Jack Roland and Jennie Sparks Crane. She attended schools in Bennington, Georgetown, and Montpelier, graduating from Montpelier High School in 1958. She graduated from Utah State University, Logan, Utah in 1961 with a BA in English and teaching credentials for Utah secondary schools, with majors in English, and minor in French. In her youth she was surrounded by horses, which she loved, participated in LDS Church events, and completed 4H projects from sewing aprons to showing Angus steers. On August 12, 1961, she married James Albert Brittain, of Ogden, Utah. They lived in many places because of his work and participated in the Peace Corps in Brazil in 1963. They are the parents of two children, daughter, Tracy Brittain, born July 2, 1964 and son, Travis James Brittain, born Jan 27, 1966, in Murray, Utah. Linda and Jim divorced. Linda married John Kristian Rindy in 1973 and divorced. Linda married Calvin Reed Anderson in 1984 and divorced.
Linda began teaching English at Valley Junior High in West Valley, Granite School District in 1976. She loved genealogy and became a member of the Utah Genealogical Assn. in 1996. One of her lifetime projects was learning about her great-great-grandmothers: Mary Jane Smith, Elizabeth Stewart, Elizabeth Ann Farmer, Juley Ann Mcguire, Hannah Lake, Margaret Spaulding, Eliza Freeman and Mary Ann Cottrell, from whom she descends. She knew only three of he grandmothers here on earth, but loves them all. She adores her own role as grandmother to her Max and Clara.
Beloved survivors are Tracy Acevedo, daughter, and her children, Maximo James Acevedo and Clara Rosa Linda Acevedo; and son, Travis James Brittain, all of Sacramento, California; her parents, of Bennington; all her siblings, Stephen Jack Crane (Charlotte Ann Matlock), Polly June (Lyman Willardson), Janet (Gail Darrell Godfrey), Georgia LaRee (Martin John Baker), Kristi (Jack Brent Cleveland), Glenn Rolland Crane (Debarah Dawn Tolman), SunDee (Randall Wayne White); also surviving are 13 nephews, 12 nieces, three grandnephews, four grandnieces, and paternal aunt, Mary Lou, and maternal uncle, David Lee, and aunts, Edith Bethea, Georgia Mae, Betty Rae, and Tessia Marie, and numerous cousins. Dear friends embellished her life, especially Valley Girls, who helped most in her last few years.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec 19, 1998 11 a.m. in the Bennington LDS Ward Chapel. Burial will be in the Bennington Cemetery