Covington resident Linda Kay (Hollandsworth) Toycen, 45, died at home June 6, 2015, following a battle with cancer.
She was born Jan. 3, 1970, in Springfield, Ore. The family moved to Seymour, Ind., and then to Washington state, living in Kent and Auburn before settling in Enumclaw prior to her starting kindergarten. She graduated in 1988 from Enumclaw High School where she excelled academically and in sports, lettering four years in soccer, basketball and softball. She graduated in 1992 from Pacific Lutheran University with a degree in psychology. While attending school, her women’s soccer team won back-to-back national championships. She also met future husband Jaymes, who she married shortly after graduation. They shared a love of the outdoors – camping, hiking and going to the beach, activities they continued with children. She worked for the YMCA for 22 years and loved running Adventure Guides, where she planned activities for dads and kids to spend quality time together. She was an active member at Cornerstone United Methodist church in Covington where she taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday school and organized church camp weekends. She and her husband sponsored multiple children through World Vision and were fortunate to have been able to travel to Africa twice. During their 2007 visit, they were able to meet Ferdinand, one of the children they sponsored. They continued to sponsor Ferdinand well beyond his childhood, allowing him to go to technical college to become a mechanic.
She was an avid fan of both the Seattle Mariners and Seattle Seahawks. She was always ready to talk sports and one of the highlights of her life was attending the Super Bowl in New York, where she saw the Seahawks won.
She is survived by husband Jaymes; daughters Emily and Rachel; mother Sandra Hayes; stepmother Susan Hollandsworth; and sisters Susan Burk (wife Cathy Allbright) and Paula Granger (husband Kim Granger).
She was preceded in death by father Richard Hollandsworth.
A memorial service is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Lake Sawyer Christian Church, 31605 Lake Sawyer Rd. S.E. in Black Diamond. During the service there will be an open sharing time should anyone care to speak and refreshments will be served following the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to one of the following: the Sammamish Family YMCA, World Vision, Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Covington or Lazy F Camp in Ellensburg, Wash.