Linda Marie Chatman Washington was born on October 20, 1938 in Chicago Illinois. She was the youngest of three and the only daughter born to the late David and Inez Chatman. From this union were brothers Edward (deceased) and Donald who resides in Texas. She often spoke of growing up under strong influences of church involvement, choir and family that would later shape her legacy of service.
Linda moved to California in the late 1950s where she would study Education and Early Childhood Development at Pasadena City College. During her tenure at PCC, she would meet Robert C. Washington (deceased). The two were wed December 20, 1959. To this union were born three sons: Dwayne Earl (deceased), Darryl Erik and Dirk Edward. They remained married for 27 years. In divorce, she did not remarry.
Linda served the Lord faithfully before her homecoming as a member of the A,M.E. church family. Durning her years of service she had been in membership with St. Paul San Bernardino, First Church Pasadena and most recently Allen Chapel of San Bernardino. Her service included leadership of the Young People’s Department (YPD), Sunday School, Celestial & Inspirational Choirs. Linda also directed Children’s and Youth Choirs which reflected her love of worship and inspiring a generation of children to follow Christ through song.
Linda was an educator and followed her vision for early childhood development by establishing and operating two daycare centers in San Bernardino; Wee Wisdom and Mother Goose, respectively. She would later join the YMCA as a Director for child development until her retirement. Linda continued in service to the church and her community after retirement by working with Senior Companions providing services, rides, companionship and encouragement to seniors. For her recent time serving in this capacity, she received a certificate of honor from President Barack Obama in 2012.
Linda completed her Christian race and leaves to cherish her memories, her brother Donald Chatman of Texas, sons and daughters Darryl E. Washington (April) of Miramar Florida, Dirk E. Washington (Angela) of Plano Texas, Beth R. Washington (Dwayne); Stepson Andrew Washington (Claudine) of Modesto California; 7 grandchildren, Kristian, Kristopher, Brittani, Isaiah, Faith, Gabrielle, David; 1 great-grandson, Jayden; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and church members.