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Rutherglen (Nee Pleasants), Linda

(February 18th, 2021)

Linda passed away on February 12, 2021 after a 14-year battle with cancer. Linda was a fighter and outlived her doctors expectations, many times over.

Linda was born in McBride BC in 1960 to Harold and Carol Pleasants. After growing up in the Robson Valley around Dunster BC, in 1977 she moved to Fernie BC for a few years where she waitressed for awhile.  

In 1980 she moved to Nelson BC and had her son Adam (1980) and her daughter Holly (1982). Linda worked at Whitewater Ski Hill and in 1985 she attended the Hairdressing School at Selkirk College. Linda became renowned as a hairdresser in Nelson and fostered a very respectable reputation over the years. In 1990 she married Bob Rutherglen and together they raised the family and she built a well respected business. She was well known for her colour correction skills.

In 2006 she was diagnosed with GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor) cancer and her prognosis was not good. She ended up selling the salon and focusing on herself. Being the stubborn positive force that she was, she fought hard over the years and even at one point the doctors diagnosed her cancer in full remission.

In 2010 filled with positivity and a new lease on life, she ended up opening a new hairdressing practice and got back to what she loved. After a few short years the cancer came back. Linda fought hard, but she ended up having to give up her salon.

She was an artist and she used her time to draw, and paint to ease her mind. She gardened and spent time at home. In the last few years the cancer grew hard to handle and her mobility wavered and energy dropped. She still pressed on unwilling to give up the fight.

Linda had a great love for dogs, and had many over the years, most recently Heidi, nicknamed Hoho, and Conor who both already miss her dearly. Linda is reunited with her father Harold, brother Stanley, and grandson Issac, amongst many favorite uncles, aunties and friends (Kerry, Sil and Duane we are thinking of you). She was survived by her husband Bob, mother Carol, sister Stacey, son Adam (Raelyn), daughter Holly (Aaron), Granddaughter Jasmine, 3 sisters-in-law and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Linda was the heart of our family and friends.

“You fought a tremendous battle, never complaining once whilst keeping your sense of humour and a positive outlook. We know that you will be “Goin’ on up to the spirit in the sky”.

Due to covid there will be no service at this point in time. Thompson Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements.

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