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Linda Rose Greenberg

Durango resident Linda Rose Greenberg died Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at her home. The cause of death was breast cancer after a struggle with the disease that lasted more than 20 years. She was 61.

Mrs. Greenberg was born to Harry and Rita Hodgkinson Holder on May 1, 1951, in Roswell, N.M. She grew up in a military family, and as a young girl she lived for six years in Japan and Germany. Later she lived in Virginia and Texas, graduating from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in art.

On July 7, 1973, she married Redge Greenberg in Austin. The couple spent the early years of their marriage in Midland, Texas, where Mrs. Greenberg raised her children and continued with her artwork.

The Greenbergs moved to Durango 13 years ago.

Mrs. Greenberg was an accomplished artist in a variety of media including watercolor, acrylics and jewelry. Much of her art was inspired by the beauty of the Four Corners, her family said. Her artwork was exhibited at Durango Arts Center. She also enjoyed painting seasonal themes on the windows of downtown businesses.

Mrs. Greenberg was a member of the Durango Gem and Mineral Club for several years, where she began handcrafting jewelry.

In her spare time, she was an avid reader and an accomplished Scrabble player. She and her husband loved to travel, and recent trips included Japan, Antarctica, the Arctic and a visit to Disney World with the extended family.

“Her kindness and compassion for all people and animals defined her relationships,” her family said. “Her love for family and friends, returned in kind, brought her great joy and happiness during the latter part of her illness.”

Mrs. Greenberg is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Redge Greenberg, of Durango; children, Tiffany Purcell and Aaron Greenberg, both of Durango; father, Harry Holder, of Texas; sisters Donna Beery, Pam Holder and Darla Buehler, all of Texas, and Sherry Phillips of Maine; and two grandchildren.

A celebration of life will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Kennebec Café, 4 County Road 124 in Hesperus.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mercy Health Foundation for the Mercy Breast Care Center, 1010 Three Springs Blvd., Durango, CO 81301; or Hospice of Mercy, 1 Mercado St., Suite 270, Durango, CO 81301.