Linda Ann Bishop was born in Los Angeles, CA on 11/28/1945 and passed away in Farmington, UT on 05/05/2021 at Legacy House Park Lane after an extended illness. She was 75.
She grew up in old Hollywood where her father and uncle worked on studio film crews and she loved sharing her dad’s stories about working with movie stars. Linda too had an artistic soul and loved expressing herself through painting, writing, theatre, and photography. She had a varied and unconventional career path after graduating from Brigham Young University that included teaching at Kearns High School and Weber State, producing and directing for stage & television, and then later in life, she felt called to ministry. She graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary and began her second career as a pastor serving at several different churches across the country before retiring in Florida.
Linda loved traveling and visiting friends across the US and exploring other countries. She especially loved Paris. She was accompanied through her life by a variety of 4-legged family members who included Babe, Jerry Lewis, and Yogi. She loved sweets and prided herself on throwing her annual chocolate extravaganza.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Clara Bishop, her older brother, Donald, a favorite Aunt Lynn, and several dear friends. With such a small family who had been gone for so long, she made her own family of former students, cast members, church friends, and co-workers. She is survived by extended family and her “Circle of Love”; a group of friends who have cared for and watched over her the past several years.
A memorial service will be held later in Florida. Donations can be made in Linda’s name to United Church of Christ New Smyrna Beach, FL https://www.uccnsb.org/ or any local organization that fosters dogs. Through such a group, Linda’s beloved Yogi was able to find another home when she was no longer able to care for him.
Life Story Info
Linda was an amazing spirit. What a talent and what a personality. When she "replaced" me at KUTV I was struck by her good humor and great talent. Always had a smile for anyone and everyone. Perfect for the ministry. And a wonderful theatre friend to me for years. I can't think of anyone who touched - and loved - more perfectly than her. I miss you but will catch up later dear friend. You were the best.
Linda and I always enjoyed chatting during Fellowship after church service. She was a great conversationalist and led an interesting and diverse life. I will miss getting her hugs and the pleasure of her company. Our church family grieves her passing but know she is now pain free and in the arms of our loving God.
We met Linda 16 years ago when she became the pastor of Emmanuel United Church of Christ in Valley City, Ohio. We were blessed to have the opportunity to share our home and delighted in her many stories and adventures. We’re missing Linda’s laughter and enthusiasm for life, and we thank God for leaving her footprints on our soul.
We knew Linda well through while she was a pastor at Emmanuel United Church of Christ here in Valley City, Ohio. We remained good friends after she moved to Florida as well. She shall be missed. Wish we could have visited just one more time. We will miss your laughter and great story telling Linda. God bless your soul.