Linda Lee Thaut


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Linda Lee Thaut

Linda Lee Thaut, 71, of Ocean Shores, WA, passed away December 18, 2021 in Edmonds, WA, after a valiant battle with cancer.  Linda was born March 21, 1950 in Mt. Vernon, WA.  She was the first born child of Merle T. and Betty L. (Burton) Sinnes.

Linda’s young childhood was spent growing up on the farm in Conway, WA until the family moved to Yakima, WA in 1963. There, she attended Davis High School, graduating in 1968, and then went on to pursue a career in Cosmetology at Mr. Lee’s School of Beauty.  She worked at Pandora’s Salon before opening her own home salon in the early 1980’s.  Linda loved her work, and was a talented hairdresser, who had a knack at creating the look her clients had always hoped for, (even those 70’s perms!). But she always felt that the best gift her work brought her, were all the wonderful life-long friendships she made throughout her 40-year long career.

Linda and Gerald Dicus were married in 1970, their marriage ending in divorce in 1977.  She later met and married Jerry Hafsos in February 1980. They enjoyed a great life together in Yakima, until he passed way in January of 1997.   A few years later, Doug Thaut entered Linda’s life. In August 1999 they were married, and in that same month, made the move to Ocean Shores, WA, as Doug had taken a new position at the WA State Department of Corrections in Aberdeen, WA.  They lived a very happy life at the beach until Doug passed away on December 24, 2013.  Linda continued to live in Ocean Shores until her death.

image of Linda Lee ThautLinda was a “people person”, with an outgoing, gregarious nature, who never met a stranger.  She always loved spending time with our large extended family, and her many friends.  She also enjoyed being involved in her community.  She was a member of the Yakima Eagles Drill Team, a volunteer for the Ocean Shores Chamber of Commerce, a long-time member of the Ocean Shores Pirates, and the Ocean Shores “Chicks”, all of whom she loved traveling with, enjoying happy hour gatherings, and supporting her favorite team, the Seattle Seahawks.  Linda was a master at indoor and outdoor gardening. Everything she grew flourished, due to the love and care she gave to her “plant buddies”.  She also had a love and talent for interior decorating.  Her favorite place was the beach, any beach!  Her lifelong interests also included clam digging, crabbing, fishing and camping trips with family and friends, and traveling.

Linda is survived by her brother, Gary (Joan) Sinnes and their four children, and four grandchildren; Jeremy (Lindsay) Sinnes and Calleigh; Jennifer Sinnes-Hayden, and Austin; Heather-Sinnes (Coco) Riel and Jayden; Amanda (Michelle) Sinnes and Chloe; her sister, Christine Sinnes-(David) Wilson, and their two children and four grandchildren; Justin (Shawna) Wilson and Caitlin; Megan-Wilson (Michael) Stewart, and Taylor, Aidan and Finlay; her step-daughters and step-grandchildren, Lynn-Thaut (Josh) Fletcher and Mason;  Andrea-Hafsos (Ivan) Mott, and Julia; and Michelle-Hafsos (Shawn) Brantingham, Makenna (Rodrigo) Morales, Lachlan and Remi, and Kora Braden. Her step-brothers, Brad (Barb) Sears, their three children, and nine grandchildren; Robb (Crystal) Sears, their son and four grandchildren; her step niece and nephews and their children and grandchildren; Stephanie Brown, Jeff (Lita) Brown, their two children, and three grandchildren; Chris (Karen) Brown and their four children, and four grandchildren; her step-sister Paula (Dan) Regimbal, their two children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild; and numerous other Sinnes, Burton, Hafsos and Thaut aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family members.  Linda found great joy in all of her extended family, be they blood or step relatives, in her “adopted daughter”, Kristy Willis and family, and all of her many friends.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Merle and Betty (Burton) Sinnes; her second husband, Gerald (Jerry) Hafsos, her third husband, Douglas (Doug) Thaut; her two half-brothers, Robert Kerr and Thomas Kerr; her step-father D. Dean Sears; her step-sister and step-brother-in-law, Sharon (Sears) Brown and Robert (Bob) Brown; her step-son-in-law, Lance Braden; her beloved best friend, Patti McCall, and numerous other family members and friends.

Linda’s generous, caring nature will be missed by so many.  A Celebration of Her Life will take place on Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, at the Lake Wilderness Lodge, 22500 SE 248th St., Maple Valley, WA 98038. Lunch will be served, and your memories of Linda will be welcomed. A private family/close friends, witness of interment with her husband Doug, will be held on Monday, March 14th, 2022 at 11:00 am, at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042.


6 Responses to “Linda Lee Thaut”

  • Janet Hafsos says:

    Jerry Hafsos was my brother and Linda was a very cherished family member for many years. Her death came as a shock to many of us as we weren’t aware of her illness. My prayers go out to all that loved Linda. She was such a special lady and warmed my heart with her kindness, love for my family, and a toughness and compassion unsurpassed. Know you are always loved and we have shared so many weekends at “sisters weekend”. You will never be forgotten and we shall be able to hug again someday Linda. What a blessed place heaven is to have you join in the eternal family. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻🥲

  • Diane Dufault (Hafsos) says:

    Our family loved Linda and included her in our “sister’s weekends”. She had a heart of gold and will forever be remembered for her lovely smile. Condolences to her family, Linda may you Rest In Peace.❤️

  • Connie Bunnell says:

    I was sad to hear of her illness and her death so quickly after. Hard to believe then and now. I am very sorry.

  • Karen Hafsos Poyser says:

    When Linda was married to Jerry, they were our BEST friends… kids growing up together, lots of camping, and traveling. Linda was a generous and gracious hostess… opening their home to family get-togethers. She was that one-of-kind friend… once you met her, you loved her. Gone too soon, forever in my heart. Condolences to her family.

  • Sandi Sinnes McBride says:

    Chris you and Linda were so close, our deep sympathy in your loss, though I know she will always be with you in your memories. As we age our memories are our treasures! I remember Linda mostly when we were growing up & visiting them at the old Sinnes farm & at family reunions she was always a good friend and a good and faithful cousin her memories will always be a treasure to me! Dear cousin Linda and Chris Thank you for being who are and sharing you family with us. Hope to see you to celebrate her life together! Love n Hugs, Sandi

  • Heather Riel says:

    Oh Aunt Linda, how I miss you so very much. You were one of the best people I’ve ever known and a favorite in my heart my whole life. I will never forget you. I love you😘

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