You can tell a lot about a person by the way they have lived their life. And living life to its fullest, being a good friend and mother to many is what everyone has said is the best way to describe former Mesa City Clerk Linda Crocker, who passed away last Friday, Sept. 23, after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer.
“Linda was beloved. A likeable person who had a stressful job but she was a calm influence with just the right skill set for that job,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “Most importantly, Linda was a great family woman and that’s the sign of a great life.”
Current Mesa City Clerk DeeAnn Mickelsen took over when Crocker retired in 2013 after 27 years of service to Mesa. Mickelsen has worked with Crocker at the city of Mesa since 1997.
“I’m very saddened by her death,” Mickelsen said. “She was a great friend, great mother, and was a sister to everyone. This is a huge loss for us all because she was loved by so many.”
Crocker, who had just turned 67 earlier this month, was a Mesa resident. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Mary Walsh and Peter Gavin. She was a single mother when she met her second husband, James Crocker, and relocated to Arizona. She served the city of Mesa for 27 years as assistant and eventually as city clerk. She was predeceased in death by her brother and best friend, Lawrence Gavin; her parents, Mary Walsh and Peter Gavin; and her guardian, Elizabeth Cipolowitz. She is survived by her husband James; daughter, Cristina Stowers and her husband Jeff Stowers; step daughters, Stephanie Silva and Michelle Wintrich and husband Brett; seven grandchildren, as well as the countless others whose lives she touched. Family was everything to Crocker and in lieu of flowers, her request is that you “spend time with someone you love, as what really matters in life are the people we choose to spend it with.”
That is why instead of a funeral her family will host a celebration of life this Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Las Sendas Trailhead Members Club in Mesa, 7900 E. Eagle Crest Drive, from 2 to 4 p.m. Since it’s a celebration of life, the family has asked everyone “to be casual, be comfortable, be colorful (no black). Come be a part of our family in celebration of Linda.”
“Linda was a nurturer. A mother hen to everyone,” said Mesa resident and good friend Mary McMahon. “She was a truly wonderful friend and will be missed so much.”
– Kelly Mixer is managing editor of MyNewsMesa.com. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.