HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE, Ark. — Linda Jorgensen died peacefully Monday, May 6, surrounded by her family. Known for her warm, dimpled smile, she often told her kids that being a mom was her favorite job.
Her other favorite job was teaching music. When Linda lived in Jonesboro, Ark., she taught piano at home and strings in the schools. In Hot Springs, Ark., she taught strings at Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Elementary. With the belief that every child could make music, she guided hundreds of young students to play and love music.
She grew up in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Denison University. In 1971 she met Richard Jorgensen at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. They married in ‘72 and have returned to Interlochen every summer since. In recent years they discovered a love for kayaking and often spent time on lakes both in Michigan and Arkansas.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, where she was a lector. For the Episcopal Cathedral in Little Rock, she spent many hours creating needlepoint kneelers. Knitting, crocheting and solving Sudoku puzzles were other favorite pastimes as long as there was also time for snuggling her canine companion, Dieter. Listening to her husband play trumpet with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra was her ideal way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
She was predeceased by her father, Kenton W. Zahrt.
She is survived by Richard Jorgensen, her loving husband of 40 years; daughters, Bethany Jorgensen, of Chicago, Ill., Meredith (Eric) Gregory, of Ferndale; and son, Andrew (Resa) Jorgensen, of Los Angeles, Calif. Other survivors include her mother, Catharine Zahrt; sister, Mary Adams, of Hot Springs Village, Ark.; brothers, William (Patsy) Zahrt, of San Jose, Calif., Kenton Zahrt, of Memphis, Tenn., and John (Debbie) Zahrt, of Falls Church, Va.; and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
A memorial service will be held at Holy Trinity Church in Hot Springs Village, Ark., at 2 p.m. on May 25, 2013.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Interlochen Arts Camp Scholarship Fund, PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643 or Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at UAMS.
Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com.