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Linda Shirley Chaiken

December 31, 1922 - July 1, 2018

Services Date July 3, 2018

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Posted by:
Ralph Page

Posted on:
August 17, 2018

Mrs. Chaiken impressed me as a smart, sophisticated, interesting woman with good values. Our brief time together was mostly in the 1970s, and I was fortunate to enjoy the generous hospitality of her and her family. (In retrospect, I was quite the adolescent nerd and inexperienced clod transplanted from upstate New York!) I also appreciated the interest she took in my social life. The affection and haute cuisine she lavished on Chloe (her poodle) was a source of some amusement. I am glad to have known Mrs. Chaiken, and wish all the best to Stephen, Scott, Lisa, and her other relatives.

Posted by:
Amalia Mondríguez Chaiken

Posted on:
August 12, 2018

Best Mother-in law ever! And the best in everything else. She liked this poem that I wrote for her: Linda Shirley That Linda Shirley enjoyed singing was not a secret. When she was little she sang to her dolls. When she was three she climbed a stool To reach at a mike in the radio. That little girl had a powerful voice So mellow, so sweet, so deep, so enchanting That make people cry, smile, dance, and sing along all at once. Linda Shirley was so happy to sing. And she was a heroine none of the least. With her singing salary she saved her own family. She first sang with the orchestra at age thirteen. She had the glamour of a Hollywood star. With her looks and her voice she stole many hearts. But she gave her heart to only one man Who just fell in love at the first sight. And their love grew deeper and deeper As husband and wife with three little darlings That Linda Shirley put to sleep every night Singing jazzy blue lullabies. Linda Shirley said she lost her voice at age sixty five. But I have heard her singing to her beloved grandchild While she craddled him cuddly in her sweet arms. And her dogs didn’t eat unless she sung a song And she and they danced gladly while Linda sang and clapped her hands. What an extraordinary lady with so much love in her voice.