Linda Holmberg Weatherred
April 4, 1934 – November 30, 2018
Mrs. Linda Marie Holmberg Weatherred (affectionately known as Farmor and Mormor to her grandchildren), aged 84, died on Friday, November 30, 2018. She had battled gallbladder cancer for a year and passed peacefully at home, surrounded by her three children. Mrs. Weatherred was a native of Oklahoma City and had lived in Augusta for the past 49 years. She grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma where she attended College High School, and Houston, Texas, where she graduated from San Jacinto High School in 1952. She then attended Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, where she graduated with a major in Clothing and Textiles and a minor in Chemistry in 1956. Following college she worked at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she met her husband, the late Jackie Gene Weatherred.
After living in Galveston, Texas, Richmond, Virginia, and Baltimore, Maryland, where her three children were born, Linda and family moved to Augusta, Georgia in 1969. She quickly found many organizations to play an active role in. Her faith and spirituality led her and her family to Saint Paul’s Church where she quickly became an enthusiastic member of the congregation, taking on many official and unofficial roles that included Director of Christian Education, member of the Martha Guild, and active supporter of many outreach and other projects. She was also active in Planned Parenthood of East Central Georgia (where she served as president), the Medical College Of Georgia Faculty Wives Club (now the Augusta University Faculty Club), and the Morris Museum of Art. Other organizations she supported included the Warren Road PTA, Historic Augusta, the Jessye Norman School of the Arts, The Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, The Gertrude Herbert Art Institute, The Augusta Symphony, The Nature Conservancy, and the Augusta Canal Discovery Center. She was also an active participant in a several artistic collaborations with her friends as well as numerous book clubs.
During the 1980s and 1990s Linda indulged her interest in architecture and interior design as a real estate agent with Sherman and Hemstreet. Following her husband’s retirement in 1993, they founded Creative Traditions to buy and sell antiques. This allowed them to acquire an eclectic collection of art glass and antiques, many of which decorate her home to this day. After her husband’s death in 1998, she continued to express her creativity, making art with fabric, found objects, paints, and perhaps most significantly, writing icons using traditional methods dating back over a thousand years, primarily in the Russian Orthodox technique.
Another outlet for Linda’s creativity was her life-long love of gardening, which she shared with her husband. Her vegetable garden produced food right up to the time of her death and sasanquas are blooming throughout her yard right now. She successfully completed a Master Gardener class and put that knowledge to good use in her yard.
But Linda’s greatest achievements were as a loving wife, sister, mother, and grandmother. She was predeceased by her husband, Jackie Gene Weatherred, her parents, Milton E. and Gertrude King Holmberg, and her brother Charles “Chuck” Holmberg (Noel). She is survived by her children: Ted Weatherred, Evans, Georgia; Angela Halstead (Clifford), Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Milton Weatherred (Mary Anne), Fort Worth, Texas, grandchildren Mary Weatherred, Sarah Halstead, Clifford Halstead, Jr., Alexander Weatherred, and Mimi Weatherred, her brother John Holmberg (Carolyn) of Arlington, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, December 2, 2018, at the residence. Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, December 3, 2018, at Saint Paul’s Church, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, Georgia.
In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Saint Paul’s Church Endowment Fund, 605 Reynolds St., Augusta, GA 30901; the Dr. Jackie Weatherred Memorial Scholarship Endowment at the Dental College of Georgia (https://www.augusta.edu/giving/guf.php, designation “other”, fund 212340), or The American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org).
- Visitation Sunday, December 2, 2018
- Memorial Service Monday, December 3, 2018
Linda Holmberg Weatherred
Laura & PJ McInerny
December 3, 2018
We sure enjoyed many a holiday with Linda- either at Milton and Maryann’s or at our house. We certainly enjoyed her wit and her great stories. I will never forget celebrating Thanksgiving together around the fire, playing games and laughing our butts off! Good times! She will be missed!! Our prayers are with the entire family at this difficult time.
December 3, 2018
Linda was always forthright, generous, in love with life and new experiences.
I will miss her sense of humor and friendship.
December 2, 2018
I worked with Linda in Outreach Committee at Saint Paul’s Church, and enjoyed her company at social events. She volunteered readily to aid the less fortunate and was actively committed to Christian principles.
She was a strong, intelligent woman with a big heart and a strong sense of humor. She remained fully engaged in living.
She set a fine example for us all, and will be remembered as a good and honest woman.
B. Hayman MD