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-Wilma Barbara Lynn-

Sing unto the Heavens a New Song ...
In memory of Wilma Barbara Lynn, 89, who passed away on May 3, 2012 at The Tamalpais in Greenbrae, CA, her residence of recent years with a beautiful view overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco that she loved.

Ms. Lynn was born on November 29, 1922 in Columbus Junction, IA, as the second daughter of Rollin Oran Lynn and Vera Geneva Miller Lynn.  She was predeceased by her sister, Mrs. Clora Lynn Auten of Newton, IA, and brother, Rollin Oran Lynn II of Folsom, CA. 

Ms. Lynn attended Frances Shimer College, Mount Carroll, IL; and began her career in Chicago, IL as a Secretary with the Philip Lesley Company, then ventured to San Francisco where she enjoyed a career as Executive Assistant to Mr. Black, President of Bechtel Corporation.  Ms. Lynn had a lifelong passion for singing and painting, both of which she accrued a number of accomplishments.  She sang with the Chicago Railroad Symphony, held the title role in Carmen with the Aeolian Choral Association, sang at the San Francisco Opera House, the San Francisco Symphony, and was a member of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.  Her talent as an artist led to her representation of artists professionally and she promoted their work through gallery shows.  Barbara also enjoyed the culinary arts and was adept at gourmet cooking.  Her philanthropic endeavors were for the Salvation Army, and Golden Gate Chapter of the Red Cross.  Perhaps her greatest passion was for travel, which took her on many exotic trips far and wide.  She enthusiastically supported the Sierra Club, was a member of the Marin Alpine Club, and hiked countless miles through the great hills and valleys of the world.  She still longed for yet one more walk until her last day.

Her last days were peaceful thanks to Hospice care, Diane Buroff and the Tamalpais staff, and the lifelong friendships of Janis Young and Virginia Hecht.  Her remains will be scattered along the beautiful hiking trails of the Sierra Mountains, which she loved so dearly, and with her parents in Columbus Junction, IA.   She will be remembered by friends, remaining nieces, nephews and their spouses:  Rollin Lynn III, Meadow Vista, CA; Larry Lynn, Lincoln, CA; Cynde Jackson, Rocklin, CA; John Auten, McGregor, IA; Melinda Meikle, Vero Beach, FL; Douglas Auten, LeClaire, IA; and Deborah Van Auten of Boston, MA.  Memorial donations to the Conservatory of Music Scholarship Fund would be welcome, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco, CA 94102; 415-864-7326 (www.SFCM.edu).

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