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Ellen Lindquist

April 26, 1946 July 7, 2014
Ellen Lindquist
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Ellen was born in Philadelphia to Gilbert Goldman and Virginia Veronica Kapfer Goldman on April 26, 1946. Ellen was named after her maternal grandmother, Ellen Lesch Kapfer. Her father was a member of the US Army Air Corps and served in Europe during World War II. Due to military service her family lived in Rapid City, South Dakota; Tampa, Florida; and Shreveport, Louisiana before returning to the Spokane Valley. The family moved briefly to Portland, Oregon after which they returned to Spokane, living on the north side in Hilliard.

Ellen attended Saint Patrickâ??s Grade School and Holy Names Academy. After High School she became a beautician and worked in several beauty parlors eventually becoming an entrepreneur operating her own shop called Studio 625. She developed a friendly and loyal clientele. Later she was faithful in the companionship, care and comfort of her mother. She traveled when she could. She supported local theater productions.

She is survived by her son, Scott Michael and Therese Paullin Lindquist and their two children Grant Michael and Sophia Grace. She is also survived by the families of her two brothers: Ken and Jeanie Goldman of Mount Airy, Maryland and their two daughters, Stephanie Anne and Angela Christine; and Galen and Gale Goldman of the Spokane Valley and their daughter Rebecca Lynn. Her uncle, Father Leon Kapfer S.J., lives at Bea House on the campus of Gonzaga University.

Ellen was known for her friendly spirit and fashion awareness. As a result her friends and the young women of her extended family looked up to her as their style role model. She was understated in her dress and comportment and quietly elegant. She also loved and cared for many pet dogs and cats as if they were also her children. She loved to garden and her backyard was a tribute to her horticultural knowledge and ability to help a very wide variety of plants thrive. She was a talented interior decorator and her home was orderly, tasteful and almost obsessively neat.

Her greatest work, however, was the care and counseling of her grandchildren and nieces. She teamed with their parents helping them to learn, develop and mature. They, and all her family, will miss her and always remember her returning the love she gave them. God bless and keep her.

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