LOWVILLE, NY — Linda Lou (Waugh) Zehr, the daughter of Cyril “Mike” and Shirley (Griffis) Waugh, was born at home in Denmark, NY, in the midst of a blizzard on March 31, 1940. The doctor arrived late following the snowplow but Linda couldn’t wait and had already been born.
She attended school in Hermon and Edwards, NY and participated in school plays and the bowling team. She lived and worked for Gilbert and Janet Zehr in Copenhagen, NY for many years and established a life-long friendship with Janet. During those years she met and married Arthur J. Zehr. The marriage ended in divorce.
Linda worked at Lowville General Hospital, and received a degree in cosmetology at Howard G. Sacket BOCES. Art and Linda operated a barber and beauty shop in Croghan for many years. They also worked for Christian Retreat in Florida and New York. She served a number of summers as head cook at Beaver Camp in the Adirondacks and had a positive impact on many staff members and campers. She spent most of her time raising five children and transporting them to sports, school musicals, and many other events.
Linda was always involved in church activities, volunteered for Meals on Wheels, loved to worship, and was interested in world missions. She traveled to Hong Kong, China, and Haiti on mission trips and desired to do even more. She loved her children and grandchildren and traveled around the country visiting them as often as she was able.
She is survived by brothers and sisters Henry Waugh, Fred Waugh, Elon Waugh, and Jane Zehr; Her children Michael and Joyce Zehr (Manheim, PA), James and Lori Zehr (Winona, MN), Wilbur abd Chiqui Zehr (Belmopan, Belize), and Cynthia Canna (Sarasota, FL); thirteen grandchildren and four great grandchildren, many in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Gordon, Bernie, Jimmy, and Duane; a sister Phyllis; her son Peter, and her grandson David.
A funeral service will be at noon Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at New Day Community Church, 5573 Water St., Lowville, with Pastor Glenn Olmstead officiating. Calling hours will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019, prior to the funeral service, at the church. A gathering at the church fellowship hall will immediately follow the funeral service. A graveside service at 2:30 p.m. will be at Sunnyside Cemetery, Naumburg.
In lieu of flowers donations would be welcome at Beaver Camp, 8884 Buck Point Road, Lowville NY 13367 or the Lewis County Residential Healthcare Facility Attn: Activities, 7785 N. State Street, Lowville NY 13367.
Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com.