November 17, 1952 ~ September 7, 2021
Linda Strong, born on November 17, 1952 in Lindsay, CA, passed away on September 7, 2021 in Turlock, CA. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Steven Strong of Delhi, CA; her daughter, Sheryl Saltkill of Turlock, CA; her three granddaughters, Kaeli and Markie Saltkill and Kira Garvey, all of Turlock, CA; and her sisters, Barbara Lowe of Lindsay, CA and Vickie Jeter of Vancouver, WA. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Wilford Jeter and Bertha Juanita Palmer of Lindsay, CA and her sister, Patsy Gaines, of Paso Robles, CA.
Linda grew up around the Strathmore and Lindsay area. She graduated from Strathmore High School. Linda worked for a total of 43 years at various jobs during her lifetime, including; Dakin Industries in Lindsay, CA, where she worked as a seamstress and made stuffed animals there. Lindsay Olive Growers was her next job. She did general clean-up. She eventually started working in the laboratory. She checked the PH of the water in the vats and added chemicals to cure the olives as needed. She had to taste a lot of olives and after years of doing that she hated them. Hans Olsen Egg Company was an egg brokerage firm in Porterville, CA. Linda would take orders from the egg brokers in Las Vegas and they would supply all the eggs to the casinos. She was amazed at the thousands of dozen eggs the casinos used on a daily basis. She then became an editor at Jostens, in Visalia, CA. Jostens made all the high school yearbooks. Her job was to proofread and correct any errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well customer order errors. During her years there she was the only employee to ever have zero mistakes on her work. Amity Foundation was where she spent a number of years working for the prison system. On occasion she had to visit a prison. She said going into the prison was really scary. When she came home after visiting the prison she was always on her best behavior. Her last job was at Roscoe Melton Tire Company in Porterville, CA. She did many jobs there including workmen’s compensation, first aid and occasionally tire sales. She loved her co-workers–she called them “Her Lost Boys”. Her main task was bookkeeping and accounting. She loved working with numbers.
She then retired and did all things that made her happy, like spending time with her family. With her girls she would go anywhere and do anything just to be with them. She enjoyed going to her most favorite place, Disneyland. Taking her daughter and granddaughters there and watching them laugh and giggle was what she loved the most. She got involved in all the holidays and loved the decorating part. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She kept the Christmas spirit with her throughout the year. Giving gifts was what she really liked. Thanksgiving was another holiday Linda loved. She liked cooking and we liked eating. Linda’s favorite meal was breakfast–she made the best breakfast. The gravy she made was taught to her by her mom and it was the bomb. Add in biscuits and fried potatoes and you couldn’t ask for anything better. Linda was also a Star Trek and Star Wars fanatic and I have the collection to prove it. Her go-to vacation place was Morro Bay. We spent many days there each year. She enjoyed eating crab and clam chowder. The Renaissance Faire was fun; she enjoyed the girls dressing in medieval costumes. She loved pedicures, manicures, crossword puzzles, solitaire, and all kinds of music, except Rap. Going to the Reimer Candy Shop in Three Rivers, CA was a favorite place. She liked going anywhere. I called her my Go,Go girl. She always had a suitcase packed and was ready to go.
I would like to thank Christy and Donna. They both set up so many trips and they went to see so many places. I can’t remember all the places you went, Newfoundland, Canada, and I know, New York, as that was her favorite. She wanted to see Times Square and the Statue of Liberty. She talked about New York all the time. Thank you both for making her dream come true.
A memorial will be held on October 2, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Allen Mortuary, located at 247 North Broadway, Turlock, CA.
Sheila Pearce saysSeptember 25, 2021 at 8:30 pm
Condolences to Linda’s family.
I worked with Linda at Amity Foundation & she always made the office a brighter place to be.
Melisa mudda newsome saysSeptember 25, 2021 at 8:10 pm
So sorry for your loss Sheryl