Linda Lankford Evans

Linda Lankford Evans

September 02, 1946 - October 11, 2007

Linda Lankford Evans

September 02, 1946 - October 11, 2007


Born September 2, 1946 in Hollywood, CA., Dr. Linda Denise Lankford Evans resided in Huntington Beach, CA for most of her life. She obtained a Bachelors in Spanish from CSUN, a Masters in Educational Administration from CSULB, followed by a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from UCI. Linda began by teaching Spanish at Westminster High, then went on to utilize her extensive education and endless energy as a professor of Human Sexuality at CSLA, a small business owner, and then a social worker-all while raising four children. Linda, in the end, returned to her passion of teaching Spanish at the secondary level at Mayfair High School in Lakewood, where, for well over a decade, she was considered to be ?a linchpin of the school and an inspiration to the teens she taught?. Her students loved her passion for life and teaching almost as much as she loved sharing her knowledge, her experience, and her life with them. Linda loved to ski, listen to music, travel, and, above all, she adored the ocean. She played beach volleyball and was a ranked surfer in her adolescence as well as a member of the Malibu Surfing Club. Her true passion and trademark was living life to the fullest, and, from the moment of her birth, she did just that? live. Those lucky enough to cross paths with her would not for a moment hesitate to agree that Linda Evans lived life with a fervor that is unparalleled by most? if not all.

Dr. Evans is survived by her father, Wibb Lankford; the father of her four children, Jeff Evans; her daughter, Janna, with husband Nick, and daughter, Sasha; her daughter, Janndee; her two sons, Jannson and Janndon; her sister, Lianne, with husband Jim, daughter, Keri, and son, Keenan; and her close companion, John Kipp.

Mayfair High School is holding a memorial service on Friday, October 19, 2007 at 6:00PM. There will be a private family memorial service on Saturday, October 20, 2007. In lieu of flowers, the family is accepting donations to the Mayfair High School Memorial Fund, a college scholarship fund in honor of Linda Evans. However, flowers are being laid at the scene of the accident at the corner of Atlanta and Bushard. Checks can be made to Mayfair High School Faculty Club and sent to 6000 N. Woodruff Ave., Lakewood, CA 90713.

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53 responses to Linda Lankford Evans

  1. Mom,
    It was a beautiful service last night, and it was great to finally get to say goodbye to you this morning. Love you.

    Thank You

    Thank you for that pair of eyes’
    that electric set that just exploded with blue.
    Your heart and soul was in the Pacific;
    and with eyes like those, the Pacific was in you.

    Thank you for your boundless mind,
    that papered your walls in diplomas;
    you shared your knowledge with so many kids,
    but best of all, you shared it with us.

    Thank you for your wacky terms
    like, “Put some mustard on it,” and “Go get ’em Evvy.”
    They were perfectly you, because you lived
    that way; and in your honor, so do we.

    Thank you for the way you smiled
    with warmth and love’Every. Single. Day.’
    and for the bottomless strength, and for the endless drive,
    that wild horses couldn’t drag away.

    Thank you for this family, that says goodbye to you today,
    as we celebrate, and reflect,and laugh, and reminisce.
    We all carry your torch from this day on, to ensure
    your passion, your energy, and your fire…. persist.

    Thank you, Linda, for all the things you gave
    to the world, your school, your family, and to me.
    We are forever indebted for 61 years of you.
    You are the one, the only, Dr. L.L.E..

    We Love You,
    Janndon, Family, and All Those You Touched

  2. Her mother was my best friend and shared so much of her family “doings”
    with me making me feel like her children and grandchildren were part mine. What a tragedy….. Linda was such an outstanding person.

  3. Silvia says:

    Janndee and Janna,

    Linda seems to have been a wonderful woman with inner beauty, intelligence and a contagious zest for life. Knowing you makes me think that you will both carry on the same legacy. I pray that you stay strong and get through this difficult time.

  4. Janndee and family-

    I did not know your mother in person, but I heard about her through Janndee and I know how much she meant to you all after seeing how hard it was for Janndee to be so far away in Birmingham.

    I wanted to sign the guestbook before, when I heard, but I didn’t know what to say. Having lost someone myself, I know that all the words in the world cannot ease the pain of not being able to see the person you love by just turning around. I found myself not knowing quite what to say, but wanting to say something.

    After reading the notes in the guestbook, and seeing even the sternest people at the service on Friday with tears in their eyes, I feel compelled to say this: If I can only even make HALF of the difference that your mother did on this Earth, I will consider myself blessed. Your mother is a wonderful woman.

  5. Janndee and Family,

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Although I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting your mom, it appears that she was truly an amazing woman from the photos and guestbook entries. Please know that I am thinking of you during this very difficult time.

    With Sympathy and Love,

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