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Obituary: Linda Miriam Pratt Smalldon

Linda Miriam Pratt Smalldon, 77, died peacefully in Flagstaff, Arizona on April 9, 2015.

Gertrude and Gordon Pratt welcomed Linda into the world on May 23, 1937. As a child, Linda enjoyed figure skating and horseback riding. Linda spent most of her life living, working, and teaching in California. In 2011, Linda moved to Arizona.

Linda graduated from the University of Southern California in 1960 with an M.A. in sociology. In 1962, she married a fellow educator and historian, James Eddy Smalldon and moved to Pasadena where Linda continued her passion for teaching as a history teacher at Arcadia High School.

Over the next ten years, Linda and Jim welcomed four children: Richard, Robert, Kathleen and Andrew into their lives. In 1976, the whole family moved to northern California and settled in the town of Jackson.

Linda continued an active life, focusing on her family as well as the community, always offering warmth, kindness, service and expertise. Linda touched the lives of many people, whether teaching about history, whales, conservation, researching obscure British history or as a proprietor of an antique and rare bookstore.

Linda also enjoyed showing and training Weimaraners and continued to grow as a person through this love. She was an active community member serving as an active member of the Women's Auxiliary of the American Legion, as an elected official in Amador County and also took pride in her service on the grand jury.

During her short time in Williams, Arizona, Linda built a strong and positive relationship with many friends and continued to learn and grow.

Linda is survived by her children: Richard, Robert, Kathleen and Andrew. As per her wishes, she will be buried in a private ceremony next to her husband in Jackson, California.

The family would like to thank everyone for the heart felt messages and fond remembrances of their mother. We find comfort in knowing that Linda has enriched many lives and left a solid imprint on many memories. Donations in her memory may go to your local or regional Weimaraner Rescue group.

So smile and think about Linda when you see a majestic Weimaraner trotting by or a colossal whale at home in the ocean. May these actions bring peace and comfort as we all mourn the loss of Linda Pratt Smalldon.

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