Linda Niemi: Linda (Koko) had a passion for living

Linda Niemi

Linda (Koko) had a smile for everyone she met. Her focus was always helping and taking care of others. She left those she touched better than she found them. Linda will be missed by many friends and neighbors.

Linda loved music and travel. Her first love was music, and it was followed by a passion for travel. She spent all her life singing at recitals, weddings and in community choirs. Her travels began in the early ’90s after the passing of her son. Linda planned her trips with the guidance of Rick Steves’ techniques and tips.  Europe was a repeat favorite with multiple trips to France, Italy, and Switzerland. She also loved Hawaii and Alaska and visited each state yearly. At home she was a devoted walker in Edmonds, had a passion for genealogy, and grew as many vegetables as her space allowed every year.

Linda was born in Alexandria, Louisiana and spent most of her life in Washington. She grew up in Yakima. Lived in Seattle where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music. She then moved to Port Townsend for twelve years before returning to the Seattle area where she went on to earn a master’s degree in business.  Linda worked in marketing and sales at the Seattle Opera, a software company and co-owned a sign and graphic business with her husband, John. Living in Edmonds for the last 24 years was something that gave her great pleasure.

Linda’s life changed dramatically this year in June when she was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. She lived the remainder of her life at home and was cared for by her husband and Providence Hospice until her death. Linda died peacefully in her sleep early Monday morning, December 22, 2020.

Linda is survived by her husband John, her sister Mary, and her stepchildren Brandon and Laura. She was preceded in death by her son Levi, her brother Joseph, and her parents Tom and Elsie Whitechester.


2 Replies to “Linda Niemi: Linda (Koko) had a passion for living”

  1. Very sad news. My wife and I had the pleasure of getting to know Koko, her husband and many of the Pine Street group during the Edmonds City Council & Mayor elections of 2019. She was very patient, kind and calm when trying to work with our City. She was a very good listener and truly cared about everything Edmonds. She will be very, very missed.


  2. I am devastated to learn this. We were childhood friends. Our parents were best friends.We went on vacation to Pacific Beach. So many memories! She is also responsible for getting me and Jon together. We have been married 50 years. I was so happy to reconnect at the NHS class reunion and then to di lunch with Linda at Molbaks months after. I had hoped to meet again.


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