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On Sunday December 17th 2017, after a brave battle with ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease), Linda Howard Nim Markus passed away at her home in Oro Valley, AZ. The world lost a creative woman whose artistic and imaginative talent covered many genres.

She was born on October 11, 1938 in Muskogee, OK, to Nancy and Leonard Howard. She had two brothers, Dick Howard, older, and Tom Howard, younger who predeceased Linda. Linda graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1960 with a degree in fashion and illustration, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. After college, she moved for two years to Dallas, TX where she worked as a fashion coordinator. Career opportunities then took her to San Francisco, where for five years she oversaw fashion acquisition and coordination for Macys.

Ready to strike out on her own, Linda and a friend opened a boutique dress shop in San Franciscos Union Street district. Eight years later, Linda moved to Tiburon, CA, where she opened a flower shop, and lived in nearby Belvedere. Her first marriage to Kenneth Nim ended during this time. Twelve years later Linda returned to San Francisco to enter the investment banking business. She worked at Merrill Lynch and Kidder Peabody.

Most importantly, Linda met the love of her life, Norbert Bill Markus in San Francisco and they married in 1992 in Carmel, CA. Linda went on to earn her real estate license and worked as a realtor until the late 1990s. Always active in the arts, and an accomplished artist herself, Linda was a volunteer guide at the Art Museum of San Francisco and a member of the Partners Board at the University of Arizona Art Museum in Tucson.

In 2001, Linda and Bill moved to Tucson, AZ, where Linda continued to pursue her art and museum interests. She enjoyed many happy times in her new home with great new friends and neighbors. Lindas remarkable gift for artistic accomplishment spanned oil painting, encaustic media, fashion design, and jewelry making. Her beautiful presence and warm personality brightened every room--and all of our lives.

In addition to her husband Bill, Linda is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Dick and Gail Howard, four nieces and nephews, three step-children, seven grandchildren and her brother-in-law, Richard Markus.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00AM on Tuesday January 2nd 2018 at Adair Funeral Homes, Avalon Chapel, 8090 N. Northern Avenue, Tucson, AZ, with a reception to follow.
Published on December 20, 2017
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