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Linda J. Shields Gotcher

Apr 5, 2013 Staff

Linda J. Shields Gotcher, of Lander, died Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Kindred Hospital in Denver surrounded by her loving family. She was 64 years old.

Services are pending.

Linda Shields Gotcher was born Oct. 1, 1948, the daughter of William A. Girty and Shirley E. Fike Fuller.

She graduated from Franklin High School in 1966 and attended college in Slippery Rock, Pa. She later worked as a top-ranking secretary for the Pentagon.

While living in Virginia, she met and married Thomas Alex Gotcher. He served in the Army, and the couple traveled all over the world, first living in Fort Lee then Hope Well, Va., Riyadh, Saudia Arabia, Guatemala, Texas, Oklahoma and Sacramento, Calif.

After her husband's death, she moved to Lander to be with her mother.

Mrs. Gotcher was a homemaker and secretary, and her family said she enjoyed cooking, gardening, studying natural herbs, reading her Bible and other books, and watching religious programs.

Her family said she was a loving mother and grandmother, and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and her significant other, Douglas West.

She is survived by her stepfather, Paul Sam Fuller of Lander; sons Thomas Alex Gotcher II of Sacramento, Calif., and Gary Alan Gotcher and his wife Misty of St. Martinsville, La.; daughter Jill Ann Gotcher of Lander; grandchildren Rhiannon Gotcher of California, Austin M. Gotcher of Louisiana, Amie Anderson, Deryck Osborn, Nico Pfieler, Nate Pfieler and Christofer Erb of Wyoming; great-grandchildren Ashlyn Higinbotham and Jonathan Pfeiler of Lander; brothers and sisters Sandra E. Cotherman and her husband Dan of Guys Mills, Pa., Gloria A. Hoover of Tucson, Ariz., Michael A. Shields and his wife Vandy of Franklin, Pa., Diane R. Whitman and her husband Eric of Cooperstown, Pa., Richard Girty and his wife Lorraine of Oil City, Pa., and Tina Shara and her husband Mike of Clintonville, Pa.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; grandparents; and brothers Charles L. Girty and William J. Girty of Franklin, Pa.

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