May 3, 1927 - March 15, 2010
Linden, Virginia Ellsworth Passed away on March 15 2010. She was born on May 3 1927. Her family moved to Dekalb IL during the depression where she went to high school and graduated with honors in 1944. She worked as a phone operator and later as a secretary in Chicago at an advertising agency. She moved to Seattle with her mother and soon had a successful secretarial business. In 1955, however, she decided to go back to school and enrolled in the art educational program at the University of Washington graduating four years later. In 1958 she married Glenn Linden and helped him complete his PhD in 1963. They moved to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where she began a Masters Degree. In 1968 they moved to Dallas where she completed her Masters at SMU. She loved to make pots, paint and do sculpture work, which she gave to friends and visitors from around the world. Virginia taught Art in the Dallas public schools during the 1970’s and 80’s – First at North Dallas high school and then Lincoln high school finishing her teaching career teaching at Bowie elementary. She was successful as a teacher because she adjusted her lessons to the interest of the students. Many students remembered year’s later making masks of their faces and those of friends. Another time she used ideas from a trip to Italy to fuel the student’s imagination while imparting facts on the likes of Raphael, Michelangelo, and the Mona Lisa weaving in popular culture of the then popular TV series, which carried their namesakes “The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’. She cared deeply about her students and helped them to understand the importance art plays in their daily lives. Through out her exciting life Virginia made numerous trips abroad with her husband. These six-month excursions included trips to Spain, and several to Japan. She immersed herself in the culture and became fluent in both Spanish and Japanese, often impressing others with her command of the language. Additionally, while on these trips she often taught art courses at the Universities where her husband served as an exchange professor. Virginia was also deeply committed to her faith and active in her church. She spent much of her time working in the Downtown Christian Science Reading Room as well as the Fifth Church Reading Room as librarian and on her church’s graphic committee as well as numerous other committees. Additionally, in the Sunday school she spent many tireless hours (over 2 years) giving her time to paint an impressive mural of biblical chronology on the Sunday school walls. The mural is composed of 12 biblical figures, which include: Noah, Abraham, Rebkah, Jacob, Moses, Ruth, Elijah, Daniel, Joseph, Jesus, Peter and Paul. It is a beautiful example of art and religion. Virginia is an example of the virtuous woman referred to in Proverbs: “Her price is far above rubies, give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.” Virginia is survived by her husband Glenn Linden and son Evan Linden. No services will be held at her request.
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