December 17, 1946 - June 2, 2021
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 www.brittanyrescueintexas.org
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.
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Arrangements under the direction of:
Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252