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Lin Marie Mikula

March 13, 1948 - May 17, 2016

A neighbor recently described Lin as a presence to be reckoned with—but in a good way. She wanted to know everyone in the room and help everyone, especially with stories and advice. Two members of her Young at Hearts Church group-where Seniors Help Seniors, concurred shortly later.

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A neighbor recently described Lin as a presence to be reckoned with—but in a good way. She wanted to know everyone in the room and help everyone, especially with stories and advice. Two members of her Young at Hearts Church group-where Seniors Help Seniors, concurred shortly later.

Linda Marie Dumont was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on March 13, 1948 (1 month pre-mature) thanks to a visiting nurse from Russia who understood 48 hours of hard labor was unacceptable and pushed the attending doctor out of the way to do a radical episiotomy bringing forth 6lb baby girl with a purple and blue knot on her head the size of an extra-large Grade AA egg. Linda wouldn’t eat losing 2lbs, but started eating when her uncle Eddie was holding her

Linda’s dad wanted her to be baptized ‘Lin’, but the priest refused and it was Linda or nothing. This was to foreshadow her whole roller coaster life. She was fairly blind and deaf until at age three, thick glasses and radium treatments in her nose brought life to a little more than survival. But, shortly after she was entertaining a between movies audience with a Shirley Temple song accompanied by the theater organist, and the manager angrily asking her mom Esther for her union card. She had a great natural singing voice and began dancing lessons in September at the doctor’s advice to help her coordination.

At age 11, with a terrible headache, Lin took an IQ Test which falsely showed her as border-line retarded. It was convenient for her to believe that and after a lot of psychological and some physical abuse, Lin began to use it to her advantage in school to get the easier classes. That all ended, however at Timberlane High School in Atkinson, New Hampshire. Lin decided she wanted to go to college, but the senior counselor told her she didn’t have good enough grades in the previous six years even in the easy classes to qualify. She demanded to take the AP classes as a senior. She did and, of course aced them all.

Esther and Roger E. Dumont (Lin’s dad, hero and defender) threw a great graduation party, after which, mom (unbeknown to Roger) gave her two weeks to get out and never come back. She left for New York two days later. She waitressed and did some musical theater (‘Hair’ and ‘Grease’. She met the director and some of the cast of ‘Hair’ at the Haymarket Bar in the Village and asked to be in the show. The director said to audition here and now. She jumped on the bar, did the chorus routine dance while singing ‘Let the Sun Shine’. She as hired and later asked to be in the movie. She did 5 performances of ‘Grease’ and also was asked to do the movie.

She went to Hollywood, to be disappointed at Hollywood and Vine, but just in time for the 1971 Sylmar Earthquake. She gave her life to Jesus and did private duty nursing after having done a year or two of hospital duties in Boston. While working she started a business degree at Pasadena City College—things were great. Her mom, Esther, called and asked Lin to come back East to take care of her as she breast cancer. Lin agreed, but after a vulture-like situation with relatives, Lin took her mom to California caring for her by herself for the next two years. Lin was asked to help start-up Hospice with writing procedures for staying ahead of the pain.

Lin had a stoke 1979, just 4 months after Esther’s death. She was also diagnosed with myprovalve prolapse. Her psychologist said she would never be able to work full-time. She met Michael at the Santa Anita Singles Club but was told not to marry him—he would push you too much as he didn’t and wouldn’t understand the stroke. They were married on June 26, 1982 a week after Lin’s getting a business degree with a specialty in travel management at PCC. They became apartment managers in Lawndale, CA. Lin wanted more school and need some transfer credits to get to Antioch College for Counseling Psychology. She went to nearby El Camino College for a year—she was advised to get a wheelchair to preserve her energy. She graduate from Antioch in 1998 and Pepperdine with an MA in Psychology in 2001. She went for her doctorate, but infection in the mengeis caused a deterioration in the short term memory resulting insurmountable difficulties in the research writing and thesis defense. She turned her attention to screen writing at UCLA.

Eventually her diabetes, now under control, (Needing no insulin or medications) had caused irreparable damage to her feet, legs and stomach. A constant fight on a variety of fronts for the next 6 years finally caused the Lord to heal her totally and completely as he stopped her heart on May 17, 2016 around 4:15pm—she was in her normal sleep mode of 3am to 6pm. She is now singing and dancing for Jesus for all eternity.

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Visitation Information

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A.M. Gamby Funeral Home

25001 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
 

Service Information

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 7:00 pm

A.M. Gamby Funeral Home

25001 Narbonne Ave
Lomita, CA 90717
 
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 am

St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church

25511 Eshelman Avenue
Lomita, CA 90717
 
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016

Resurrection Cemetery

966 N. Potrero Grande Dr.
Montebello, CA 90640
 

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