Linda Jean Coates

Linda Jean Coates

Linda Jean Coates, of Moscow, formerly of Payette, was born on October 22, 1952 at Holy Rosary Hospital in Ontario, Oregon to Beatrice (Clabo) Coates and A. Douglas Coates, the second of their four daughters. She passed on January 11, 2020 at home in Moscow after an illness.

Linda grew up on the Coates Ranch outside of Payette on Little Willow Creek Road. She LOVED everything about that ranch and continued to for the remainder of her life. So many happy times spent on the ranch riding her beloved horse Pest, playing in the ‘crik” with her sisters, hanging out with her best friend growing up, Katie and generally just having fun outside. Linda loved the outdoors.

As an adult she spent many summers helping her Dad and Grandpa Albert with chopping the third crop of hay, managing the belt and the blower of the chopped hay going into the big red barn. Linda would come into the house after working the same exact color as the chopped green hay! There were many hours spent moving sprinkler pipes with her sisters on the ranch. Being a farm kid offers lots of work opportunities! There were many hours spent in the company of Hazel and Albert Coates who lived across the road from us, PERFECT!!

Linda loved animals; dogs, horses, cattle, sheep, but especially kitties and over the course of her life had many cats. Linda had ducks and furnished a pond in her front yard for them. She and Mare also had pet rabbits; Brownie being one of them. Linda also had an orphan lamb growing up that Grama Hazel gave her to take care of. Linda named the lamb, “Bummer”. One early summer, Sunday morning Linda fed her lamb and then it followed her up the lane and right into the house baaing loudly all the way! We girls thought having the lamb in the house was wonderful however the adults were not amused and Bummer had to go back to the chicken house and the chicken yard. Linda had a “mischievous spirit” as a kid and as I understand it also in school with some of her pals, Anne, Debbie and Nancy to name a few.

A highlight of Linda’s schooling at Payette High School was probably winning the “Betty Crocker Award” after which she was referred to as Betty of course; a private joke that her friends and sisters get!! She graduated from Payette High School with the class of 1970. 

She loved reading and writing and started her college education at the University of Idaho studying Journalism. She loved the University of Idaho and the town of Moscow. She then transferred to the University of Iowa in Iowa City for her sophomore year to continue her studies in Journalism. After one year she came back to Moscow and went back to college there. She was about one year away from getting her degree in Journalism but life happens and she never was able to finish up her degree. 

Linda had many friends both in Payette and in Moscow where she ended up living her entire adult life. She remained a staunch supporter of the U of I sports teams. There were many interesting conversations with her sisters Barb, Cathy and Debra; U of I vs BSU!!

She wrote interesting articles that were published in the Moscow Pullman News. She was involved in the Latah County Democratic Association for several years. Linda was a great admirer of Senator Frank Church and Governor Cecil Andrus, considering them both to be the best thing to ever happen in Idaho politics. DITTO!

She wrote poetry and published poems and also many of her photos that she made into a calendar. Barb still has both calendars.   

Linda was witty and very quick with her humor, nothing got past her.

She was brave in the face of her illness never whining about anything instead worried about how her death would affect Mare, Barb and Deb after just having lost Cathy in August. She told Barb that she would stay alive as long as she could for her, Deb and Mare and she did, bless her.

Linda was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, her beloved sister Cathy, a niece, a nephew and a great niece. She is survived by her love and the best friend anyone could have had (Linda’s words) Marilyn, Step-Mother Sharon Coates, sisters Barbara (Coates) Wisenor (Dave) and Debbie Coates (Gregg Benson) all of Boise. Her three half-brothers, Mike Clabo of Midvale and John and Jim Widner both of Weiser. She is also survived by her favorite niece Elizabeth Brightwell of Meridian. Three nephews, Daniel Bement (Bailey) and family of Ontario, OR. Matthew Schnoor of Boise and Patrick Schnoor (Melissa) and family of Elko, NV. Another special niece survives Linda, Tiffany Bement of Nampa, many great nieces, great nephews and many cousins.

And last but not least her beloved Aunt, Velma (Sib) Metzker of Nampa. Linda and Aunt Sib were very close.

Linda was cremated at Short’s Funeral Home in Moscow. Her ashes will be scattered per her wishes at a later date in Southern Idaho. 

Linda will be greatly missed but we know she and Cathy are together again to walk in happiness with our Mom. Deb and Barb have a big hole left in their hearts with these two characters gone that will never be filled again.


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