Linda Sue Thayer

Linda Sue Thayer

Linda passed away recently after a long bout with cancer. She lived in the Las Vegas, NM area for 48 years. Born and raised in suburban Columbus, Ohio, she graduated from Worthington High School in 1967. She attended Stephens College, then spent two years in Washington DC alongside her first husband, Volker Madry, who was serving as a Conscientious Objector during the Vietnam War as a care provider for orphaned children. They moved to New Mexico in 1974 to attend New Mexico Highlands University, where she studied geology. Linda raised her 2 daughters with their father, Robert Breyer, on their ranch in Rociada. Her love for animals allowed her to realize her own dreams of raising sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and a beautiful milk cow in the mountains near Rociada. Her biggest source of pride was raising her two lovely daughters, Sophia and Julia. She became a weaver and silversmith while raising her children. Linda returned to school and completed a master’s degree in guidance and counseling, then worked over the years at the Welfare to Work Program at the NM Dept of Labor. From there she began her career with the NM Commission for the Blind. She cherished her time there with mentors like Jim Salas and Greg Trapp, Victoria Vigil, Zachary Bangel and Annette Sanchez. Linda also credited them with her faith in human stamina and courage to face hardships with a strong will to overcome the barriers that keep us from our dreams. After her retirement, Linda taught in the counseling program at Highlands. She and her loving husband, John Thayer, built the home of their dreams near Buena Vista, where she got to tend her beloved chickens and doggies and garden to her heart’s content. This special time of  life included meeting her close friends every Wednesday for Breakfast Club at Spic and Span. A perfect day for Linda was gathering raspberries and making pies with her four beloved grandchildren while sharing the country life with them. She loved family camping, beginning with backpacking in southern Utah, and finally touring in their gypsy caravan travel trailer. Trips to Wyoming, Utah, Montana, Alaska and California with family created lasting memories for all. She loved the earth and she loved New Mexico. Her philosophy of life is echoed in her favorite poem, “The Peace of the Wild Things.” The last line is her last line: “I rest in the grace of the world and I am free.” Predeceased by her parents, Harry and Trudy Bott, Linda is survived by John Thayer, her husband of 27  years, her daughters Sophia Seim & husband, Spencer, Julia Hoover  & husband, Seth, and her four beloved grandchildren, Emrys, Olivia, Ivy and Ivo. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Sherry Morris  & husband, Don, of Florida and her brother, Jim Bott, of New Mexico. Many cousins, nieces and nephews from both sides of the family will remember Linda fondly, as will her closest friends, Percyne Gardener and Della Callentine. Donations in her memory may be sent to The Food Depot in Santa Fe. ( 122A Siler Rd. Santa Fe, NM 87507

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