LINDA RENE SMALLWOOD 51, met her heavenly father on October 30,
2004, after sustaining injuries from a tragic car accident on October
28, 2004. She was born to John and Fran Smallwood in Riverside, CA and
grew up alongside her brother, Craig, in an insulated military
environment. She graduated form high school in Wiesbaden, Germany. She
received her BA in political science form Cal State Hayward and became a
member of Delta Sigma Theta in 1973. She earned her MBA from John F.
Kennedy University in 1998. She bore one child from her marriage to Bert
Strane in 1975. Dax is a graduating senior at Chico State University
During her short lifetime, Linda, worked as a consultant and trainer in
the high tech industry. Most recently her emphasis was in computer
literacy. During the past 2 years, her energies were focused on
instructing inmates at the local county and regional jails. In addition,
she was teaching adult education in the evenings for the Alameda
Unified School District. She continued to further her own education by
taking classes at Cal State Hayward on the weekends for the past 3
months. Linda left an indelible love-mark on her 6 year old
granddaughter, Ebony. Her mother, Fran Smallwood, predeceased her
earlier this year. Her father and son celebrated Linda's life by
extending her gift of giving through organ donation. A memorial
celebrating Linda's life will be held at Allen Temple Baptist Church,
8501 International Blvd., Oakland on Thursday, November 18, 2004 at 11
a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to an
educational trust for 6 year old Ebony. Checks can be addressed to John
Smallwood and mailed to 510 Elysian Fields Drive, Oakland, CA 94605.
Chapel of the Chimes 510-654-0123 "Service of Marked Distinction"
Published in ANG Newspapers from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17, 2004.