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Linda Owens of Boring dies after contracting H1N1 virus

Owens and husband ran Boring Saturday Market, which may now end


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Linda OwensA Boring woman, Linda Owens, died Jan. 25 at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland after being diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, said her husband, D.W. Owens.

Owens, who was 66, had other health problems, her husband said, including diverticulitis, gall stones and an enlarged liver.

“She also had trouble with low blood pressure, and it got to the point that her heart gave out,” he said.

Owens said his wife, owner of Linal Art Stained Glass in Boring, was well-known in the Portland area and created “hundreds of beautifully designed custom designed stained glass windows for residential clients” as well as for Kenton Presbyterian Church and Bethel A.M.E Church in Portland and Willamette Falls Hospital in Oregon City.

Before Owens' death, a total of eight people had died in Oregon after catching the H1N1 virus, according to KOIN TV News, including 5-year-old Ronan Burgess of Eugene, who died in early January.

News reports of adults who have died from H1N1 are anecdotal, mostly by family members or personal doctors, said Jonathan Modi of the Public Health Division of the Oregon Health Authority. Modi said the state tracks only deaths of children caused by H1N1.

“We don't actually track adults, just pediatrics,” he said.

D.W. Owens said his wife will be missed by many and will leave a void in the community.

Not only will he close her business, Owens said, but he will have leave Boring. But he is concerned about who, if anyone, will take over the Boring Saturday Market, which he and his wife have run for the past three years.

Owens spoke to the Boring Community Planning Organization on Tuesday, Feb. 4, about the need for someone to step up and take over the market, which will cease otherwise, he said.

“I said at the meeting that the market probably won't happen this year unless someone steps up,” he said.

For several years, Owens said, the market was run on Sundays by the Boring-Damascus Grange to raise money for the Boring Station Trailhead Park, which opened last year.

“When their goal was achieved, they stopped doing the market in 2009,” he said. “We took it over and opened it in 2011.”

The market had struggled during the last couple of years, Owens said, mainly because he and his wife moved it from Sunday, when it had been held in the past, because they considered Sunday a “family day” and were heavily involved as members of East Hill Church in Gresham.

“We weren't able to pick up produce vendors because they were already committed on Saturday,” he said.

Anyone interested in taking over the market can contact Owens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will share passwords for the market's email account and Facebook page.

“We do have a small grant, for $500, from the Clackamas Soil and Water District for musicians to provide entertainment,” he said. “I hope I could turn it over to someone.”

Linda Owens will be honored with a celebration of her life at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, in the Youth Center auditorium at East Hill Church, 5 N.W. Fifth St. in Gresham. The public is invited.




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