Linda Fay Sigurdson Collette was born in Eriksdale on April 7, 1945 and raised in the Icelandic settlement of Lundar, Manitoba. She attended Lundar School and graduated from Grade 12 in 1963. Linda was involved with both school and community activities and during high school travelled by bus each Saturday for piano lessons with Snjolaug Sigurdson. She was near completion of her Grade 12 standing when she was unable to continue. From the University of Manitoba, she received her Bachelor of Arts in 1966 and her Bachelor of Education in 1968. After returning to Winnipeg, Linda completed the courses for a Master’s degree in Icelandic, her first language. She received scholarships from the Icelandic Department, Graduate Studies, and the Jón Sigurdsson Chapter IODE.
In 1966, Linda married Neil F. Collette of the RCMP, whose work transfers were to Beausejour, Regina, Ottawa, and Winnipeg. Their children are David (Nicole) and Deidre (Arman), both university graduates and accomplished in all their endeavours. Linda’s grandchildren are Mackenzie, Greer, Feanor, Lorien, and Arien.
Before her second session with cancer, Linda first taught at the Beausejour Collegiate and then taught and was vice principal of the junior high. She also taught piano. Following her illness, she began work with the Canada Revenue Agency in Ottawa, later transferring to the CRA in Winnipeg. After 25 years, Linda medically retired.