From The Malibu Times, October 22, 2009
My deepest sympathies.
Last week you lost one of your most amazing citizens. Lynda Beattie Tannen passed away from an apparent heart attack after a brave battle with breast cancer.
Her abilities could fill this whole paper. She was truly "the Renaissance woman"! She acted, sculpted, painted, designed jewelry, sewed and sang. She was a gourmet cook, a graphic artist, a world class photographer. She created a paradise room for her baby granddaughter with detailed muraled walls and a cloud filled ceiling. Her love of animals was unparalleled.
The words, " no," or "I can't figure this out," or "I'm sorry, I don't have time to help you," were not in her vocabulary. She was a poster child for possibilities. All this woman ever did was SHARE, Herself, her time, her possessions, and her knowledge. She shaped a world where everyone she loved fit perfectly.
The echoing disbelief of her passing was thunderous. Her memorial mushroomed to over 100 people in 20 minutes. Instantaneously, upon the news of her passing, their home swelled with flowers, food, family and friends. Now we are all walking wounded, wondering how life goes on without our axis.
She loved Malibu. She worshipped and treasured her husband, Herb. She adored her mother, Lee, her father, Herb and sister, Laura in that old-fashioned family style of devotion and dedication. Her daughter, Allison, step-son, Mitch, daughter-in-law, Jackie and granddaughter, Natalie, were the light of her life.
Lynda called my beloved Aunt Betty, her California mother and treated her as such. She was the illustrator of my children's book and the editor of my novel. She taught me compassion, truth and made me laugh every day. She was the real deal. An authentic, genuine, trust-worthy best friend... I should know, because she was mine.