Lindsay Dinkins-Eden, who managed Monet’s Kitchen in John Dunn Shops for 25 years and served as executive director at Stray Hearts Animal Shelter for 12, died on June 27. She was 77.
She was born May 18, 1944, in New York City to Harreld and Disee (Hughes) Dinkins. Her family resided in Louisiana prior to their move to San Antonio, Texas, where she attended St. Mary’s Hall and earned the school’s highest award to a senior, the Bishop’s Cup. She graduated from the University of Texas-Austin before setting off on a life filled with experiences, exploits and, above all, boundless love.
“Lindsay never said ‘no’ to an adventure,” her sister, Molly Dinkins, said.
Post-university, Dinkins-Eden continued her schooling in Paris and then, with her former husband, lived in Leon, France; Hamburg, Germany; Phuket, Thailand; and Toronto, Canada. Serendipity and a name pulled out of a hat brought her and her VW bus to Albuquerque, where she met her husband of 42 years, Mark Eden. Together they raised their family: sons Samuel and Graham Eden.
With their move to Taos, she immersed herself in the community. Many know her from her more than two decades managing Monet’s Kitchen, but it was her service work that made her a standout. She was a steadfast executive director of Stray Hearts Animal Shelter and was one of the first practitioners to be certified in the Tellington TTouch program, working magic with companion dogs and horses. Her renown within the horse community, in Taos and throughout the South and West, was exceptional.
“My mother was a gem: a free spirit; kind; generous; a world traveler; an avid skier; a problem-solver; and always full of grace and dignity,” said Samuel.
In recent years, she truly came into the fullness of her life, surrounding herself with family, a close circle of friends and, of course her animals, including pups Moon and the irascible Oliver.
Despite her busyness and giving nature, Dinkins-Eden managed to escape in the pursuit of unbridled fun and family connections. On her regular trips out of state and abroad, she was a loyal friend and always ready for whatever escapades came her way.
She celebrated her 75th birthday in her birth town, where she traced the steps of her grandfather, Dr. Eugene Lindsay Opie, to Rockefeller University, the oldest biomedical research institute in the United States. As a co-founder of the original institute, Hughes was internationally acclaimed for his groundbreaking work on the correlation between insulin and diabetes and in meeting his granddaughter the staff treated her like royalty, much to her surprise.
Dinkins-Eden died last month shortly after doing one of the things she loved best: tending to her horses, Rem and Sasha.
In addition to Mark, Samuel, Graham, daughter-in-law Chelsea Kibbee, and Molly, she is survived by her sisters Didi Battle and Marnie Reeder.
It is with smiles and much affection that Dinkins-Eden will be remembered by all who were blessed by her presence.