National NOW Times >> Summer, 2001 >> Article
In Memoriam: Linda Sievers
By Liz Gilchrist, Director Major Gifts/Planned
NOW lost a valued activist and a fearless southern
sister with the passing of Linda Sievers on February 21, 2001.
Linda was a lifelong resident of Monroe, Louisiana.
Professionally, she worked for the Monroe Utilities Commission, which
later became part of Entergy, the mid-south energy corporation. However,
Linda always considered her true life’s vocation to be the struggle for
women’s rights, which she was able to pursue full-time upon her retirement
from Entergy in 1998.
For more than 20 years, Linda was dedicated
to NOW. She emerged as a leader at every level of the organization, from
her chapter in Monroe to the National Board. Linda served multiple terms
as Louisiana State Coordinator and as Mid-South Regional Director. With
her raspy laugh and deep southern accent, Linda was an unmistakable
presence at state, regional and national conferences.
admired by her sister and brother NOW activists for her unwillingness to
back down from controversial issues in the conservative and often hostile
environment of her northeast Louisiana home. Whether it was organizing
escorts for an abortion clinic or picketing the Promise Keepers, Linda
always insisted on being on the front line of the fight for women’s
"Linda will be terribly missed by all of us whose lives
she has touched with her kindness and humor," said NOW Executive Vice
President Kim Gandy, who was a friend of Linda for many years. "Her
devotion to women’s rights was matchless."
In addition to her
enormous contributions to NOW, Linda was active in a wide variety of
community organizations. She was a member of the NAACP and the American
Civil Liberties Union, as well as the Monroe Mayor’s Commission on the
Needs of Women. Linda also did support work for union organizing in her
community. One of her favorite local charities was the Ouachita Humane
Society Shelter for Cats.
Linda is survived by her son, John Robert
Sievers, her daughter-in-law, Lorrette Stack Sievers, and two
grandchildren, Elizabeth Anne Sievers and John Robert Sievers, Jr., all of
whom are members and supporters of NOW.
Not long before her
retirement, Linda joined members of the National Board and other state and
chapter leaders and activists in forming the Visionary Circle, which
recognizes those individuals who make a gift to NOW in their wills. For
more information on how to join the Circle with a bequest or other planned
gift to NOW or NOW Foundation, please contact Liz Gilchrist, Gift Planning
Director, NOW, 733 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20005.