Obituary for Linda Bixby Vandagriff

linda-bixby-vandagriffLinda Christine Bixby Vandagriff, age 53, died at her home in Anchorage, Alaska, on October 5, 2011, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born June 4, 1958, at Bryan, Texas, the daugher of Marvin D. and Carolyn Byers Bixby.

She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She pursued her undergraduate degree in accounting at Sam Houston State University. Later, she received her master’s degree in management at Southern Oregon University before moving to Valdez, Alaska, in 1988. While in Valdez until 1996, she worked at the Prince William Sound Community College as a business manager.

She also worked for the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, as the director of accounting services, the finance director for Alaska Pacific University and for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska-Anchorage as the budget director. Linda made Anchorage her home in 2004.

Linda loved quilting and shopping for her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and was a craft enthusiast.

Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Gary E. Bixby.

She was survived by her parents, Marvin Bixby and Carolyn Byers Bixby of Tontitown, Ark.; her sons, Matthew G. Vandagriff and wife Krissi Howe Vandagriff, of Houston, Texas, and Jacob D. Vandagriff of Achorage; grandchildren, Thomas, Carolyn and Helen Vandagriff; her brother, Paul W. Bixby and his wife, Frankie Allen Bixby, of Fayetteville; niece, Savannah Bixby of Fayetteville; and special cousins, Judy and Bob Lawrence of Yorba Linda, California.

A memorial service was held at the ChangePoint Church in Anchorage, Alaska, on Oct. 11, 2011, with the Rev. Dave Bacher officiating.

She is buried at Goshen Cemetery.

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