Linda Founds, daughter of the late C.M. and Martha T. Founds, died unexpectedly from injuries sustained in an accident on 15 August 2016.
She was the light in so many lives. She was a giving, courageous individual who knew no bounds. To Linda, life was a mystery to be lived, explored, and shared with all who knew her. She was a joy to those who truly knew her.
Linda was born on March 1, 1947 and grew up in Sistersville, WV.
She attended Sistersville High School and Mount Vernon Seminary, graduating in 1964. She attended Ohio University and the University of Texas in Austin, receiving a degree in journalism. She also received an MSIA in business at Carnegie Mellon University in 1974.
Linda moved frequently before settling in Norfolk, Virginia and working for The Virginian Pilot as a copy editor and writer. She also was employed in the Office of Communications at Old Dominion University. She was a member of MENSA.
Always kind and cheerful, Linda was characterized as being a “genius” of her high school class. She continued to show her kindness and friendliness throughout her life. Her friends remember her as a “walking encyclopedia” and had a great knowledge of facts learned throughout her life and career. She was a great fan of both the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Steelers.
She could remember Oscar winning movies, countless books and novels, as well as hit songs from the 50’s and 60’s. One of her best remembered songs was the “Vatican Rag” that she knew word for word. She was the only person her friends knew who could turn the Champs D’Elysee of Paris into a motor speedway in a wheelchair.
She cared deeply for her friends. She was generous to those in need, giving anonymously to improve and enhance others wellbeing. After attending cardio classes with a friend, she noticed the need for additional equipment and quickly worked with the cardiology group’s foundation to donate to the facility funds for additional equipment to enhance the program.
Linda’s primary goal in life was to help young people reach their full potential. Linda was able to realize that goal as president of the Agena Foundation, which offers grants to nonprofit organizations that help individuals, especially young adults, without adequate social or family support.
To honor Linda and in lieu of flowers, please look at the people in your circle of friends, family and acquaintances to mentor, support, and provide encouragement and assistance, which will keep her spirit alive.
Linda’s life was enriched by the people who cared for her on a daily basis, Pam Sthole, Oakley Marie Sthole, Percy Copeland, Pam Copeland, Linda Noyes, Amber Morgan, and Teresa Loizides. Special thanks to Dr. Susan Devitt for 25 years of loving care.
Linda was loved and will be remembered fondly by her friends, Judy McReynolds, Patricia (Scottie) Scott, and Christopher H. Russi.
A gathering to celebrate Linda’s life was held on Sunday, August 28, 2016 from 1:303:30 in the Rose Garden Hall at Norfolk Botanical Gardens, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk, VA.
If you would like to share experiences you have had with Linda or contact her friends or family, please use the following address: Agena Foundation, PO Box 62206, Virginia Beach, VA 23455- 2206.