Linda Helen Newton passed away at her home in Wimberley, TX at the age of 74. She was the daughter of George and Dorothy Newton of Tulsa, OK. As a child, she was enchanted by the story of Peter Pan and spent many nights waiting for him in the window seat of her bedroom. Her vivid imagination and creative talent defined her life. She was a beautiful and gifted classical ballet dancer with a natural stage presence. She studied with June Runyon in Tulsa who thought that ballet recitals were too silly for serious dancers, so she found performance opportunities with Tulsa Civic Ballet. While attending a summer session at Perry-Mansfield Arts School, she was invited to study on scholarship at the School of American Ballet in New York. She was a cheerleader at Central High School in Tulsa and after graduation, she married her first husband, Phillip Brown and attended the University of Oklahoma. She was later married to Dr. James M. Shultz with whom she raised her family. Linda was also fascinated by medicine and held administrative positions at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, the University of Texas Medical School Psychiatry Department in San Antonio, and Planned Parenthood of Austin. Following a hiatus of several years, she returned to dance and performed with Festival Ballet of San Antonio and Austin Civic Ballet. She later moved to Portland, OR, where she taught ballet and lived with her partner of 25 years, Dr. William Keppel, who passed away in 2017. She also spent many happy hours making jewelry, costumes, and unique fashion creations. Peter Pan finally arrived early in the morning of August 2, 2018 and we think perhaps Linda has merely gone to Neverland. She leaves behind her children, Pamela Shultz, David Shultz and wife, Dustin; grandchildren, Jenna Shultz, Jake Shultz and wife, Jennifer; siblings, Nancy Walter and husband, Thomas, and Robert Newton and wife, Patricia.

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