Linda Ann Felthous, 68, died of natural causation in Bothell, Washington on Aug. 19, 2017. Linda was born on Dec. 15, 1948 in Yakima, Washington, daughter of Robert A. Felthous and Agnetta W. Felthous. She graduated from Selah High School in the class of 1967.
Linda was outgoing with a ready-made smile and was quick to laugh. She enjoyed being around people and they enjoyed her. She possessed an upbeat positive attitude, which continued to her last days in spite of enduring over two decades of increasing disabilities.
Her love of children, strong faith, coupled with her teaching gifts, fostered a natural desire to teach Sunday school to children in her church which brought much joy and satisfaction to Linda. She also contributed to her community by being involved in several nonprofits, including Northwest Harvest and North County Help Line, until this was no longer possible for health reasons.
Linda was a professional sports enthusiast and kept up to date on the teams and players. She enjoyed camping, biking, hiking, and swimming. She completed the Seattle to Portland bike ride and was the first lifeguard at Cape San Juan pool on San Juan Island, having earned her WSI Certificate. She enjoyed her international travels, which took her to most parts of Europe.
Felthous pursued the field of pharmacy, having been fascinated with her chemistry set in childhood and admiring her Uncle Louis Fischer, Assistant Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of Washington. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy at the University of Washington in 1972 and became licensed in pharmacy the following year. After completing post graduate work, she held appointments as associate clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy and Washington State University.
Felthous was a self-employed medical legal consultant for 12 years, officed in Friday harbor from 1973 to 1976 where she was also a pharmacist at Ray’s Pharmacy on Orcas Island. She was the drug information and education vice president for Group Health Cooperative in Seattle from 1976 to 1982. While working at Group Health, she attended night school at the University of Puget Sound School of Law and was awarded Juris Doctor in 1983. She worked in the office of Carla Higginson, a Friday Harbor attorney. Felthous was admitted to the Washington State bar the following year, having been sworn in Friday Harbor.
Felthous practiced in Seattle as a professional negligence attorney with the Law Office of Eric L. Friese and Associates until her brain tumor was diagnosed in early 1990. Throughout her pharmacy and law careers and even after early brain surgery, Felthous was a devoted, loving and interested aunt for her three nieces and one nephew. She was known for the thoughtful, educational but fun gifts she gave them on special occasions. She attended their most important events such as graduations and Eagle Scout ceremony, regardless how near or far from where she lived. She was a counselor and friend as well as an aunt for each, as well as for the rest of the family.
Linda Felthous is survived by her two brothers, Alan R. Felthous (Mary Louise) of Carbondale, IL, and Dean M. Felthous (Rosemarie) of Mill Creek, WA; her nephew Erik A. Felthous (Lisa) of Wylie, TX; nieces Alisa Schoultz (Scott) of Friday Harbor, WA, Emily A. Davis (Tony) of St. Peters, MO and Elizabeth A. Lowery (Charles) of Spring, TX, and 11 great nieces and nephews. The Felthous family wishes to express their appreciation for Elisabeta’s Loving Care Adult Family Home in Bothell where Linda received great care during her last four years. A memorial will be planned at a later date.