Making an impact: Osmundson made a difference

by Gary Shelton on January 6, 2016 · 2 comments

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On the other side of our last breath, all that remains is the struggle we took on.

It is then that the length of a person's shadow can be measured. It is then that we can tell of a life worth living. It is then that we mattered, or that we did not.

Linda Osmundson mattered. Until her last breath, she mattered.

It isn't enough to say that Osmundson, the former director of CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), fought the good fight. Heck, Linda opposed any kind of fight. That was her makeup. She stood for more good things than anyone I have known. She was calm, and she was reasoned. She stood for the right things.

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Lisa Brown January 8, 2016 at 9:51 am

Gary, CASA can not thank you enough for your wonderful, eloquent words. Linda was such a champion for peace, patience and love. She indeed was a hero for so many people and will be dearly missed for a long, long time. Your support and dedication to put a spotlight on the awareness of domestic violence throughout the years has been incredibly appreciated. Together, as a community, we can complete our mission: To Raise Our Voices Against Domestic Violence Through Advocacy, Empowerment, and Social Change. Please keep in touch. We are big fans of you Gary!
Sincerely, Lisa Brown, Finance Coordinator at CASA


Barry McDowell January 6, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Terrific piece, Gary. I knew her somewhat and I’ve worked with CASA through the years. She has left her mark on this community to be sure. One lesson for all: it doesn’t take loads of money to make a lasting difference. It takes passion, persistence, and a willingness to get one’s hands dirty.Without a doubt, she’ll rest in peace.


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