Lynda Marie Heid Bieber left this world to care for her patients, friends, family, and roses in heaven Monday July 2nd after a short battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Mom joined this world on May 3rd, 1943 becoming the second daughter to Carl and Joelle Heid and sister Joanne in Portland, Oregon.
As she grew up Mom made friends wherever she went outliving some and losing touch with others. She graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy, and went on to Walla Walla College in Washington State to earn her BS in Nursing in 1965. It was there she met and married a country gent from Montana named Leroy Bieber who became the love of her life for over 54 years. After living in Portland and Seattle for a time they then moved back to the family ranch, and mom went from city girl to country girl.
Her first nursing job was at the hospital in Circle, MT for several years before going to work at the hospital in Terry. Mom talked about working in the operating room there where she performed many duties excluding the actual surgery. Later on she would practice those surgery skills on Ammie and I replicating the surgeries she had been a part of. Around November of 1969 Scott came into their lives providing entertainment for the nurses while she was on duty.
Mom and Dad achieved their private pilot’s licenses in 1970 so Mom often flew everywhere for work, church, or errands. There was a small article written about her flying down to the hospital in Terry, MT with an overnight bag to work a 3pm to 11pm shift, sleep in a hospital bed, and work a 7am to 3pm shift before flying home. Another time she and dad flew up to Yellowknife Canada for a Church Maranatha project to build a church.
She recalled having a close call with a B52 Bomber one summer as she was flying and getting ready to approach for landing out at the ranch. She called the air base in Glasgow and gave some Colonel an earful. The Colonel apologized, but informed her that the fighters and bombers could be from all over the country. She was a little more careful after that.
She was also my kindergarten teacher at Brockway School, and tried her best to make sure I did my homework usually without much success throughout my elementary, junior and high school years.
1977 brought Ammie into our lives and like mom had a very kindred spirit of adventure even to this day.
One of Mom’s dreams came true when we went on a 6 week tour of Europe and the Middle East. She was blessed to meet many members of the Heid family in Germany, and stayed in contact with several of them for many years.
Mom, Dad, and Ammie were also part of the Montana Centennial Wagon Train in 1989. She rode one of the horses or drove the team of black Percherons. Her, Dad, and Ammie were part of several of those trail rides.
Besides working cattle, gardening, and farming Mom stayed with her passion of nursing and helping people. She worked at the Nursing Home in Circle eventually becoming the Director of Nurses there. After she left and worked out at the ranch she felt a new challenge had to be achieved so she applied and was one of the 160 accepted out of 1600 applicants to Vanderbilt University where she graduated with a Master’s in Geriatrics and Gerontology. Not long after that she got her degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner from St. Mary University in Bismark North Dakota.
Still with a sense of adventure her travels then took her to Phillipsburg, MT where she worked as a nurse practitioner before being asked to work as an administrator until a replacement could be found. After some time there she moved back home before packing up for Boyce City, Oklahoma to work with a doctor there. The doctor was a pilot himself so they had mutual interests and she got her final airman’s physical from him. The papers she still carried with her to this day.
Later she moved back to Montana until 2004 when she and Dad moved to Victoria, Texas where she worked for many doctors and the local hospitals. She made friends everywhere she went amongst the nursing homes staff, doctors, and church members. That phone of hers would never stop ringing. She would always answer even when she was not on call which wasn’t very often to answer a nurse’s question or concern. For her it was about caring for the patient’s quality of life as if they were her family member.
She stopped working the day she learned of her cancer back in April of 2018. Went through two rounds of chemo before saying enough. We took her back out to the ranch in Victoria where she could watch the sun rise and set, and her roses bloom. She enjoyed the many visitors each day, and spent a week being mothered by Ammie and Danny.
Lynda was preceded in death by her parents, aunts and uncles, and a few cousins.
She is survived by her husband Leroy of Victoria, Scott and Marcy in League City, Ammie and Danny Jones of Walla Walla, WA, sister Joanne Rector of Battle Creek, MI and nephews Joe Rector and son Jason of Jamestown ND and Jerry and wife Patria Rector, Madelyn and Kelson of Lincoln, NE, and her many friends and family.
On behalf of the family we want to say thank you to the folks at Kindred Home Health and Caring Senior Service for the care given to her in her final weeks. To all the doctors, nurses, administrators, and friends it was our pleasure to share Mom with you.
The viewing will be Friday July 6th from 5-7pm at Grace Funeral Home in Victoria with service and celebration of life on Saturday July 7th, 4pm at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Victoria
It was her desire to be buried near her parents and that service will take place Saturday July 14th, 2pm at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton Montana.