A Seattle native, and longtime Vashon Island resident, Linda Laigo Timmen was born on February 13, 1947 to Buenaventura A. Laigo and Serena Pagaran. At age 70, Auntie Linda passed away on August 3, 2017, at home. Her life was hallmarked in her service to others.
She is survived by her mother, Serene, husband, Terry Timmen; one child: Joshua; 11 grandchildren: Antonio Rodrigues, Sabrina Ford, Joseph Rodrigues, Shawna Pike, David Rodrigues, Jesse Valenzuela, Selena Valenzuela, Caleb Timmen, Paul Valenzuela Jr., Alexis Valenzuela, and 9 great-grandchildren; Kayla Rodrigues, Jonathan Rodrigues, Malachi Rodrigues, Graham Pike, David Rodrigues Jr., Mason Ford, Lea Marie Ford, Levi Rodrigues and Antonio Rodrigues Jr.
She is preceded in death by her father, Buenaventura, siblings Marilyn, Ben Jr., and Tony; children Deena and Lea.
Linda’s priorities were faith, family, community and career. Truly a spiritual being, the welfare of family and community outweighed material comforts.
She developed her pride in her ethnic origins from the Filipino Youth Activities Drill Team, led by Uncle Fred and Auntie Dorothy Cordova, as one of the original Princesses. There she made lifelong friendships which filled her leisure and spiritual needs.
Linda was proud of her ethnic origins as a Filipino/Alaskan Native Indian (Tlingit and Haida Tribes). She was a warrior for social justice and loudly beat her drum for cultural heritage. She devoted several decades of volunteer community stewardship with: Filipino American City Employees of Seattle, Filipino Youth Activities, Pista sa Nayon, and Seattle Police Department- Partners Against Youth Gun Violence.
Linda was recognized for always being organized and reliable. Yet it was her disarming cheerfulness and charismatic soul which gained her personal relationships with everyone she met. On the other hand, she met any threats to her sense of fair play with an irresistible force. Given the choice for her Alaskan Indian Native benefits to be used for her personal benefit or donate them to the environment, she chose the latter.
Linda also chose a public service career with the Seatlle Police Department as a civilian employee. She capably served her city from 1986 until her retirement in 2014.
She was embraced by uniform sworn officers as well as her civilian counter parts.
A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday August 26, 2017 at the Vashon Sportsmen’s Club, 19720 Singer Road SW, Vashon, WA 98070, (206) 463.9440.
This event is a potluck, (appetizers, entrees, desserts and beverages). BYOB.