Mrs. Linda Mayes Pope

  • Born: January 13, 1945
  • Died: October 26, 2011
  • Location: San Diego, California

El Camino Memorial - Pacific Beach

4710 Cass Street
San Diego, CA 92109

Tel. (858) 488-5553

Tribute & Message From The Family

Charles, Linda, and James

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Linda by adding your memories and photos.

Linda Mayes Pope of San Diego, California, ended her life's journey on October 26, 2011. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Greenaway Mayes and Dorothy Robbins Mayes, and her brother, John Greenaway Mayes II. She is survived by her beloved husband of forty one years, Jack W. Pope; her two sons, Charles W. Pope, and James S. Pope and wife, Amanda; three sisters, Anne S. Mayes, Susan C. Mayes, and Betty M. Hecht; a niece, Margaret Myrick Wittig, and a nephew, Joseph W. Hecht. Linda was a native of Virginia and moved to San Diego in 1972 where she led a life that focused on the love, nurturing, and support of others. She was an endearing wife, mother and sister. She was an outstanding educator and served on the faculty of the Francis Parker School for 24 years where she provided innovative and compelling education experiences for her students. She was a dedicated caregiver to her brother, John, for 25 years, and on his behalf, was an active volunteer in the Association of Retarded Citizens (ARC) and instrumental in the success of San Diego Special Olympics events over the years. There will be a memorial service at the El Camino Memorial- Pacific Beach Chapel, located at 4710 Cass St. San Diego, CA 92109, on Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 2:00PM. In Linda's memory, donations may be sent to the Mission Valley YMCA, Francis Parker School, Sharp Hospice, or a charity of choice. Linda's family would like to extend its sincere gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to all those who supported her throughout her life and throughout her final days.


Condolence & Memory Journal

We are all so sorry to hear of Linda's passing. Not sorry she no longer suffers. Linda's parents passed away fairly young too. She and Betty stepped up and carred for their 100+ year old grandmother, brother and sisters. Linda moved away in 1972 but always came home to downtown Huske, VA to see the mayor, Stanley Hardaway (that's for Betty, Ann and Susan) She was always a true lady. God bless.

Posted by Christopher Kidd - Stony Creek, VA - Another Southern VA Family   October 29, 2011

Dear Jack, James and Charles'
We were saddened to hear of Linda's passing. She was such a wonderful spirit. and tho we didn't see much of her in the past year she was always in our thoughts and prayers. She was one of my favorite teachers and a joy to be around. We were fortunate to have had her in our lives.

God bless you all,

Beverly and Fred

Posted by Beverly Dewart-Thompson - San Diego, CA - Friend   October 28, 2011

My heart goes out to each of you. To Betty, Susan and Anne, my longtime friends; I know that Linda will forever be with you. You each were so lucky to have each other as sisters. A sister's love is so special and although I only met Linda a few times, Susan shared so much with me about her. She was obviously an amazing, and strong woman. My love to you and esp to my best friend, Susan.

Posted by Betsy Anton - Richmond - Family Friend   October 28, 2011

Linda was an exceptional teacher and mother, as well as a good friend. I always loved her level-headed approach to life and its issues. Her dry sense of humor was also appreciated.

Posted by Patricia Crone - Morgan Hill, CA - Colleague, Friend   October 28, 2011

Linda's passing is a loss for all the family including us here on the Eastern Shore. I am so thankful for Betty & Linda's visit. Am glad my daughter got to meet her cousins also. There are many memories of Martha & my visits to Stony Creek as well as Linda & Betty's visits during the summer here. Linda is now without pain. As time marches on I am so thankful for our past memories.
My heart goes out to you all in California. Betty, I am sure it meant everything to Linda to have you there by her side and being such a faithful sister. Once again, my prayers go out to you all.
Love, Jane

Posted by Jane Floyd Dunton Turner - Machipongo, VA - cousin   October 28, 2011

Mrs. Pope was a great math teacher, and a cool one at that. She both inspired and enlightened students in the classroom and beyond. Her eye-opening introduction to the world of precalculus was probably one of the first factors in my decision to major in math in college, and the day I spent refereeing Special Olympics basketball with her is one of my most memorable days of high school.

My sincerest condolences to Mrs. Pope's family and friends.

- Luke

Posted by Luke O'Halloran - Boston, MA   October 28, 2011

In 1983 I came to Francis Parker as a 10th grader, and Linda Pope was my math teacher that year. She was a memorable educator. In fact, she was one of the few teachers mentioned during my conversations with fellow alumni at our 25th high school reunion just last week. My condolences to the family.

Posted by Daniel Printz - Del Mar, CA   October 27, 2011

Mrs. Pope is one of the greats and my heart is broken to hear of her passing. James, my thoughts are with you, your bother and your dad. Thank you, Mr. Lichtman, for capturing her beautifully in your comments above.

She taught me the value of problem solving and analytical reasoning... with a gleam in her eye and a wicked sense of (dry) humor. Whenever people ask me what I was like in my high school classes, they often get an illuminating impression of Mrs. Pope:

"Shay. lah. Ah just don't know whaaaay in the wor-uld yew are laughin. Now hush up, stop distractin ev'ry one, and get to werk."

I will never forget her, standing at the front of the classroom, stack of tests in hand with a look of beguiling disgust as she passed them out:

"Well. Ah just don't even know whaaaay we are even takin' this test. Ah mean, ah've been gradin' your home-work, and y'all are just goin' to fay-ul this test."

Mrs Pope will live on in my memory (and I'm sure many others) as one of the great teachers I was incredibly fortunate to have had...


Because I actually DID fail her class. She definitely was NOT bluffing. ;)

I, for one, sure hope everyone in Heaven has done thier homework...

Posted by Shaela Parrott - Student, Class of '95   October 27, 2011

Linda was old school...and that is about the best compliment any of us can get. She taught her students, including my son and daughter, with a combination of rigour, requirement, and humor that is just not common. She was and is a legend at Francis Parker, and I will forever be in her debt for setting the bar high and not compromising on what it meant to be a great teacher. No one who knew her or had a child in her class will ever forget her admonition to student who had not put in the time and effort required to succeed: "Ya'll gonna fail!" What a refreshing counterpoint from a teacher who just believed in high standards and kept to them against any who cared to challenge them.

Her relationship with Special Olympics gave so many students the opportunity to help out in their efforts each year when we hosted the annual basketball tournament, and those of us who ever attended know we got more out of it than did the players.

Linda was one of a kind and leaves a great and grand legacy behind in those she touched.

We all will miss her

Posted by Grant Lichtman - Poway, CA - Colleague   October 27, 2011

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Charles, Linda, and James
Ireland in June, 2010

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