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Marquardt, Lynda Gayle

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December 17, 1946 - June 2, 2021

Marquardt, Lynda Gayle

Lynda Gayle Marquardt, age 74, died peacefully on Wednesday, June 2nd in Dallas, Texas.  She was surrounded with loving family including her husband of more than 39 years, James (Jim) Marquardt. Lynda was born on December 17, 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Iris Dell Powell and Erma Jo Powell, née Sills.

Lynda graduated from Daniel Webster High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1965. After leaving Tulsa and living in various cities throughout the U.S., Lynda moved to Arizona. While working full-time, Lynda completed her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work (with highest honors) degrees from Arizona State University. Lynda was a lifelong advocate and supporter of her Alma Mater.  It was in Arizona that Lynda met and married Jim.

Lynda had a long and distinguished career in the social services field with the focus always on serving others in various capacities, especially the underserved.  While in Arizona, Lynda worked for Planned Parenthood, Tri-City Mental Health Center, Senior Health Services, Maricopa County Health Department, Health Care Providers of Arizona and Arizona Department of Health Services.

In April of 1991, Lynda began her career as a Social Work Consultant with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in Dallas, Texas.   While at HRSA, Lynda received many awards and accolades, too numerous to list.  Lynda continued to be a devoted, respected, and valued employee of HRSA up until the time of her death, serving as the Project Officer and Regional MCH consultant for Region VI Title V Block Grants.  Lynda worked in the Dallas Regional Office and assisted the region in carrying out Title V initiatives that help improve the health services provided to pregnant women, infants and children, including those with special needs.

Lynda was passionate about her rescued Brittany Spaniels and was a longtime supporter and participant of the Brittany Rescue in Texas.  If you knew Lynda, you knew her fur babies, Gabe (aka Gabe the Babe) and Harper.

Survivors include her husband Jim Marquardt of Dallas; brother, Larry Powell (Joyce) of Tulsa, OK ; much beloved nephews Casey Powell of Tulsa, OK and Sam Powell (Cass) of Southlake, TX;  adored niece Delaney Powell of Tulsa, OK (Lynda also adored her great-nephews, Zakk, Ryan, and Franklin);  several cousins and their families and her best friend for life Mary Prince (Everett) of Lake Oswego, Oregon.  Lynda was preceded in death by her parents and beloved niece Cheri, wife of Casey.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lynda’s memory to:

Brittany Rescue in Texas

6616 Trail Lake Drive

Fort Work, TX  76133

Or on their website


A Celebration of Lynda’s life will be at Aria Funeral Home located at 19310 Preston Rd., Dallas, TX 75252 on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 2:00pm.


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

Arrangements under the direction of:

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

19310 Preston Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

(214) 306-6700

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Sid Petersen

June 20, 2021 10:36PM

Lynda you were the light of the Dallas Regional Office when I worked there. My condolences to your friends and family. I am sure you will be greatly missed.

Liese Sherwood-Fabre

June 16, 2021 7:46AM

I worked with Lynda for many years, serving many of the same populations she did. I found her inspiring and compassionate and miss the work we did together.


June 11, 2021 9:15PM

I’m sadden to learn of the passing of Lynda. I feel so grateful that I was fortunate to meet Lynda when I trained both her Britnay’s. Jim, I’m so sorry for your loss, let me know if there is anything I can do.

Gates and Mary Whitaker

June 11, 2021 9:57AM

Jim, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayer are with you and your family.
Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Gates and Mary

Cheryl Crutcher

June 10, 2021 6:52PM

Lynda & I met in the 70's in undergraduate school & became long time friends. Lynda, I learned a lot from you & we had some fun times. I'll miss you. Love, Cheryl

Ann Stockert

June 10, 2021 11:31AM

Jim as part of your church family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We look forward to seeing you soon in worship.

Laura Warren

June 09, 2021 12:45PM

Such a sweet and caring woman. Gone too soon! Thinking of her family in their sorrow!

Nancy Gales

June 09, 2021 11:52AM

Lynda was larger than life. She was a wonderful friend and co-worker to me. I am so sad to hear about her passing. Jim, my heart goes out to you.

Jeff Jordan

June 09, 2021 9:18AM

Deepest sympathies to Lynda's family.
She will be missed by her HRSA office and HQ colleagues.

Tracy Turner

June 09, 2021 8:43AM

Please accept our deepest and most heartful condolences. Lynda will truly be missed. Arkansas CSHCN Program

Charlotte Kaye Lang

June 09, 2021 7:21AM

I have known Lynda since junior high school and always heard her in the highest regard. She was intelligent and focused and sweet and kind. I loved her Facebook posts with her darling dogs--how lucky they were to have her. To her family, I am so sorry that she is gone, too young, and I know all of you will miss her and hope that all of the loving memories you share of her will help through the sadness. Rest in peace my friend.

Carolyn Hake

June 08, 2021 7:02PM

Jim, I am shocked and saddened to learn of Lynda's passing. I know this has been and will continue to be devastating to you. You will be in my thoughts.

Patricia Baird

June 08, 2021 6:39PM

Lynda, so smart, so funny, such a great friend, Gone too soon.I loved her for over 40 years since our days at Maricopa Count Health Dept.

Gregg Hosford from Central Congregational Church

June 08, 2021 1:24PM

My condolences for your loss. Thinking of you in prayer.

Lucy Im

June 08, 2021 10:31AM

Lynda was so supportive of our Arkansas team and very enthusiastic and passionate about her MCH work. She will be missed!

marianne davenport

June 07, 2021 8:35PM

Lynda was a dear friend for 30 years starting as professional colleagues
we became fast friends. I am saddened and shocked and my condolences go to Jim and her entire family ..she was one of a kind and her kindness to all who knew her will never be forgotten . I will miss her so much but treasure all the memories.

Michelle Mellen

June 07, 2021 6:30PM

Our sincere condolences to Jim and family. Lynda was a wonderful colleague for our shared years at HRSA/Dallas office. She was held in great respect, kind, and a wonderful team member. She will be sorely missed. Godspeed, my friend!

Betty Chern-Hughes

June 07, 2021 4:36PM

I am so sorry to hear this. Lynda was such a beautiful, kind, smart, caring spirit. I am thankful to have known her as a colleague and friend. Sending prayers and sincerest condolences to her loved ones. May her memory be a Blessing and bring comfort and Peace to all of her loved ones.

Ray Westerlage

June 07, 2021 3:51PM

Lynda was passionate and dedicated in working with those benefiting from the Federal grant programs with which she worked. We was equally enjoyable tone around, and I enjoyed her humor and general positive attitude in the office. She will be greatly missed!

Rodney Farley

June 07, 2021 2:21PM

Worked with Lynda since 1995 very sweet and nice caring person to work with. Prayers for her husband and family.

Bradley Planey

June 07, 2021 2:08PM

Lynda was always a great support to me when I was a MCH Director. Her never ending kindness and wisdom made working with her so easy and so positive. My condolences to her family and the loss they have just experienced.

Charlotte Gish

June 07, 2021 1:54PM

I am sad my friend and former work colleague has died far tooooo young! Prayers for family!! Char

Peggy West

June 06, 2021 10:30AM

Lynda was a great colleague to work with at MCHB/HRSA/HHS. Condolences to all her family and friends. I have many fond memories from our work collaborations.

Joanne Hope

June 06, 2021 8:51AM

so sorry to hear about Lynda. thinking of you, Jim, at this sad time.