MURRIETA, Calif - Linda Elaine Hess Nelson, 51, of Murrieta, Calif., died September 5, 2013, at her home after a valiant, three-year battle with breast cancer.
Linda was born March 28, 1962, in Warren, Ohio, the daughter of Phyllis Lafferty Hess and the late Richard Morton Hess.
Always an excellent student, Linda had many academic awards and graduated from Howland High School in 1980. She was an active member of the speech team, competing in the humorous interpretation category. During her senior year she qualified for the state tournament, reaching the quarterfinals. She was vice-president of her 420 student senior class and gave one of the two student orations at graduation.
Linda Elaine Hess Nelson
In 1984 Linda received her B.A. in history with honors, and in 1986 she obtained a master's degree in history, both from The Ohio State University. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, the Mortar Board National Honor Society, and Phi Alpha Theta history honorary.
After graduating, Linda moved to Southern California to work for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) for more than 12 years, where she became the C-17 MRP Business Unit Manager. McDonnell Douglas is also where she met her husband, Mitch. She and Mitch were married 22 years and have two beautiful children, Logan who is 12, and Lucy who is 10.
Linda was a perfectionist and very creative. She loved scrapbooking and created beautiful cards and photo albums filled with both hilarious and heartfelt messages for friends and family. She was full of humor, and her many friends could find her anywhere in the craft store just by listening for her wonderful laugh.
Linda is survived by her husband Mitch Nelson of Murrieta, California, and children Logan and Lucy; mother Phyllis I. Hess of Warren, Ohio; and brothers Kenneth (Connie) Hess of Carmel, California, and Jeffrey (Patti) Hess of Spring, Texas.
On September 21, a celebration of Linda's life was held in Temecula, Calif.
The family requests that anyone wishing to make a memorial tribute should direct it to the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, Calif., where Linda participated in two clinical trials.