Linda Carter

Linda Silja Carter

Thursday, November 5th, 1953 - Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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Linda Silja Carter
November 5, 1953 to November 24, 2019
Linda Silja was born November 5, 1953 in La Porte, Indiana, to Swedish immigrants, Helge and Elizabeth (Lisa) Silja. When she was three years old, the family, including her older sister Lillian, moved to Portland where they were close to grandmother, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Linda would be the youngest of her cousins.
Linda attended Kenton School and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1971. All through school, Linda worked at the Carnival Restaurant, Her free time was often spent bicycling with her best friend to Portland Meadows Racetrack and Stables where she would look at the horses and sometimes get to brush them while dreaming of someday owning one of her own.
Linda attended OSU for a year, but then turned her attention to work and horses. She bought an Appaloosa which she named Lucky. Together they (and later other horses) competed in horse shows, both Western Pleasure and English. Linda not only showed, but barrel raced and competed in many other events throughout Oregon and Washington. She excelled and her walls were covered in ribbons. One of her horses was pictured on the cover of a national horse magazine.
In addition to competition, Linda enjoyed trail riding. A unique experience was riding two 100 mile portions of the Appaloosa Chief Joseph Ride.
Linda trained and boarded horses and spent many a night sleeping in the barn ready to assist a mar giving birth.
In her devotion to sharing her love of horses, Linda began giving riding lessons. Her students were very special to her and several have remained close.
Sadly, a serious horse accident ended her ability to ride as she once did.
With Linda’s deep love of animals she worked as a receptionist for 27 years at Eastgate Veterinary Clinic in Corvallis and more recently, for 13 years at Lebanon Animal Hospital where she retired in November of 2018. She prided herself on knowing the names of clients and their pets. They, along with her coworkers, were like family.
Linda married Steven Winterstein in 1975 and later divorced. She married Virgil Carter in 1989. She had no children
Apart from work and horses, Linda liked to travel with her sister. It usually didn’t matter where they went… just that they were together. Three times a year there were also trips to cousin gatherings which continued the strong family bond.
For many years, Linda attended Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Lebanon, was a chat volunteer with the Oregon Ombudsman Program, and was a member of the Scio Buckeroos.
Linda is survived by her husband Virgil Carter of Scio, sister Lillian Barnes and James Barnes of Lebanon, niece Kristina Silja Bennard and great niece Elizabeth S. Silja Woods, both of Seattle, cousins, and many friends.
Donation in her memory can be made to Samaritan Evergreen Hospice or Safe Haven Animal Shelter, in care of Huston Jost Funeral Home, 86 W. Grant St., Lebanon.
A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.
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Victoria Dillon

Posted at 10:07am
Linda was most loved by all our pets when we would take them in. I was sad when I heard she was Retiring, now my heart is broken. This was so unexpected & I am so sorry for your loss. My family has felt with many heartbreaks like these this past decade. Just know she was cherished because of her kindness, smiles & her true hearted nature. I will make sure to live my life with the kindness she showed as an example to my son. Please feel free to reach out. There are so many here for your family in this time of need.

Kathy Sommers

Posted at 02:58pm
I met Linda through Jim and Lillian. You know how little girls always ask for a pony, well my daughter was no different. Linda gave my daughter riding lessons and showed her how to clean stalls and brush the horses afterward. The most memorable horse was Double. Linda had a big heart, good sense of humor, and was always willing to share her love of horses. I enjoyed watching the lessons - Linda was great. Good memories of a beautiful woman!

Nancy Lange Plocher

Posted at 10:57am
Linda was my roommate in college. We had some much fun. She worked at the Sizzler Steak House they would let her bring home left overs because she told them she had a dog, I was the dog. I can picture her horse Lucky in my mind like it was yesterday, we would ride together. In later years after we were both married I loved to go to her place snd we would sit in the tack room with the wood stove blazing and drink beer and talk fir hours. I moved to Colorado in 1992 and hadn’t seen her in years. She was a whiz with horses and will be missed. I’ve thought about her off and on for years. I still remember her big yellow cat Gus. If only we could go back.

Debbie Jensen

Posted at 10:08pm
First met Linda when I first moved to Oregon in the mid 70's through my brother. Never had met anyone like her that loved her horses and animals so much. Loved going to church with her just down the street off of Richstddon Gsp Road. Whenever I was driving out near her house I would honk my car horn to say hello. Will miss you dear lady. I will see you one day. Hope theres horses in heaven for ya.

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