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Editor's Choice: JustLuxe Lists Their Dream Destinations for 2014

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It’s a rare day for me when I’m not dreaming about travel. Sometimes it’s jet-setting to a small exotic island in Fiji, other times it’s the city streets of Tokyo or to South American countries where dancing reigns supreme; whatever the daily choice, my passport is always close at hand. With the new year looming over our heads, many of us are making resolutions and lists of things we’d like to accomplish this year.

Curious of where the other JustLuxe editors would travel to if they had the chance this year, I queried each to find out where their dream 2014 travel destinations would be. These are their picks and mine, and here's to hoping we make some of these a reality soon.

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It’s a rare day for me when I’m not dreaming about travel. These are their picks and mine, and here's to hoping we make some of these a reality soon.

Rob Gautereaux, Founder & Owner
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

"This was an easy decision for me, my choice is St. Thomas; but I also know exactly how I’d like to get to the island: the Predator 84 motor yacht. Because if you’re going to arrive anywhere, you should always try to do it in style."

Though small in size (roughly 32 square miles), St. Thomas is one of the U.S. Virgin Island’s most cosmopolitan locales, so there’s plenty to see and do. Golfers will enjoy the world-renowned Mahogany Run Golf Course, while beach goers can relax on the sandy beaches of the Caribbean destination. Don’t forget to pack your party clothes either because St. Thomas sizzles with an array of nightlife venues from clubs and bars for imbibing to Frenchtown’s fine restaurants and more local hot spots offering live music.

JL's Hotel Pick: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas

Courtney Driver, Executive Editor
The Kingdom of Bhutan

"This is really difficult for me! There are so many amazing destinations in our world, each with its own spectrum of flavors, scents, sights and people; each with its own allure. I have always said you could give me a ticket to anywhere, and I'd go. While all of Southeast Asia is high on my list​, a visit to the Taktshang temple would be the ultimate for me, so Bhutan has to be my pick. At least for now."

The fact that it is called “The Land of the Thunder Dragon,” already gives you an idea of how interesting and unique this place is. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is chockfull of culture, myths and legends that add to the country’s draw for tourists. However, to visit, you’ll have to pay a tariff of around USD $250 a day to see its sights. While striving to maintain its remarkable identity and deep history, Bhutan is slowly starting to become a more contemporary country. And its people are said to be fun-loving, vibrant and well-educated.

JL's Hotel Pick: Amankora

Christy Stewart, Managing Editor
Kefalonia, Greece

"A vacation, what’s that? While I’ve definitely racked up my fair share of air miles this past year, the thought of a real vacation sure does sound fabulous right about now. But where to? I think I could go for two weeks of uninterrupted and unplugged sun worshiping on the white sand of Myrtos Beach in Kefalonia, Greece."

Kefalonia (or Cephalonia), remains one of Greece's truly Greek locations, meaning it is not a highly touristic destination. While it is the largest Ionian island, it remains the least developed, and visitors go to its shores for relaxing vacations without the chaos of more urban and cosmopolitan isles. In 1953, an earthquake shook up the city and demolished most of its structures, so today, much of what you’ll see are newer buildings. Hiking, cycling, and horseback riding are all part of the activities that can be done in Kefalonia. Also, Lefkas, Zante and Ithaca are just a boat ride away in case you want to check out other Ionian treasures.

JL's Hotel Pick: Perantzada Hotel

Mila Pantovich, LifeStyle Editor
Bitola, Macedonia

"While I immediately want to just shout out Montenegro, I should probably go somewhere new in 2014 and next up is definitely Macedonia (more specifically, Bitola). My paternal grandmother was from Bitola and my namesake is buried there, so it's a pretty big spot on my continuing cultural and familial exploration. Plus, I can always cheat and head back to Montenegro's coastline for some sunbathing on the best beaches in the world."

Bitola is one of those places that may not be on your radar (definitely wasn’t on mine), but the little city proves to be a great destination for history buffs and travelers looking to admire ancient monasteries, mosques, old churches, historic buildings, and archaeological gardens. It is called “The City of Consuls” because many countries have consulates there. Originating in Bitola, the "Manaki Brothers" International Film Festival celebrates the work of the first film cameraman in the Balkans and his achievements in the art world; it is the only event of its kind in the world.

JL's Hotel Pick: Hotel Epinal Bitola

Marissa Stempien, Fashion Editor
Antarctica, South Pole

"Talk about exotic locales. A personal goal in my life has always been to travel to all seven continents and I won’t count this one out just because it’s freezing cold and filled with ice. I know there are places that are filled with better food, shopping and accommodations, but I doubt any of them could give me the same feeling of awe and appreciation for life than being at the edge of the world. Plus how adorable are penguins?"

If you’re not familiar with how desolate Antarctica actually is, here’s a little insight: It’s a frozen, windswept continent that is so hostile and remote, that it holds no permanent human inhabitants. Aside from that little gem of a description, it is also home to 12 million adorable Chinstrap penguins, breathtakingly beautiful landscapes and 90 percent of the planet’s ice. While a great number of visitors to the chilly continent are researchers, many tourists go to experience the untouched regions of the country and see firsthand the incredible animals that wander its snowy terrain.

JL's Cruise Pick: Abercrombie & Kent's Le Boreal Ship

Nicolle Monico, Travel Editor
Rio de Janiero, Brazil

"Admittedly, my first thought was Barbados, but only because I have dreams of one day running into Rihanna on its warm beaches. But if I’m being true to myself, Rio de Janiero, Brazil who be my choice. I like a little bit of culture, city life and beach locale mixed into my destinations, and Rio seems to have it all, not to mention Carnival. See you soon, Rio!"

Its 23 beaches account for nearly 45 miles of sand, and with Christ the Redeemer keeping watch over the land, it’s no wonder that Rio de Janiero is nicknamed the “Marvelous City.” The city is full of life and its people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, inviting visitors in for a traditional meal or happily handing out suggestions for the best local restaurants, sights or shopping experiences. Each year in February since 1840, Carnival has been taking over Rio’s streets with an annual celebration of eating, drinking, live music, floats and parades to kick-off the 40 days of Lent. Considered the biggest in the world, the event attracts two million people per day.

JL's Hotel Pick: Copacabana Palace by Orient-Express


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AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Home />"The AZ Insider" with Kathy Shayna Shocket />AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Home />"The AZ Insider" with Kathy Shayna Shocket />AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Home />"The AZ Insider" with Kathy Shayna Shocket />AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Home />"The AZ Insider" with Kathy Shayna Shocket />AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Home />"The AZ Insider" with Kathy Shayna Shocket />AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

AZ Insider: Dignitaries Turn out for Linda Pope Memorial Service

Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Dignitaries, non-profit who's who's and sports celebs paid tribute.

Dignitaries including politicians and sports celebrities turned out at St. Patrick's Catholic Community Church to say an emotional and tearful goodbye to Linda Pope. Linda, 64, passed away peacefully at home on July 22, 2016, with her husband Bill Pope and family at her side.

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Vice President Dan Quayle and Sheriff Joe Arpaio were there. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno and wife Carole and Barrett-Jackson’s Craig Jackson and wife Carolyn were also among the VIPs.

It was the memorial service for which Rob Walton and his wife Melanie flew in for from Colorado (along with Linda Robson Weiser and Dru Hammer.) Many on summer getaways also flew in just for the service, including Linda Pope's longtime close friend Michelle King Robson.

Among the pallbearers were high profile entrepreneurs and philantrhopists Ed Robson, Herman Chanen, Budd Florkiewicz and Robert Lavinia. (Robert and Ruth Lavinia are pictured below right with LInda and Bill Pope on one of the many vacations the couples shared together.)

It’s hard to think of a Phoenix charity Linda wasn’t involved with on some level, from the Phoenix Heart Ball to the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. And she and husband Bill Pope are well known Valley philanthropists.

Michael Barnard, producing artistic director of Phoenix Theatre was the first of four speakers at the service, followed by Linda's good friends Libby Cohen, Bob Ullrich and Robert Lavinia. They shared special memories, Linda's friendship and philanthropic impact.

Chevy Humphrey, president and CEO of the Science Center was one of the many other non-profit executives at the service who echoed some of Michael Barnard's sentiments. “Linda was generous, humble and cared deeply about the causes that were near and dear to her heart,” says Chevy. "She was creative beyond comparison and was constantly striving for excellence in all that she did. Linda had a way to push you places that you didn't think you could go.”

Linda co-chaired the Science Center's 2014 Galaxy Gala with Christi Warner-Beyer and Melanie Walton. "Linda lived fully while alive and so many were blessed by her gracious and tenacious spirit in the all-too-short time she was with us. She has now spread her wings to fly at a higher elevation," says Melanie Walton who admired Linda in many ways including her capacity to love, along with her passion directed towards helping others and expressing her creativity through the art of dance. Linda is pictured below at that event with Melani, Christi and Chevy .

Craig Jackson says Linda raised the bar for philanthropy in the Valley, encouraging more and more people to engage in these events. “She was such a great person – an ambassador for Arizona. Drive the Dream wouldn’t have happened without Linda,” says Craig of the annual fundraiser for Childhelp. Linda chaired the first gala with Michelle King Robson 12 years ago.

Additionally, this year, Childhelp renamed its Phoenix advocacy center in LInda's name. Craig is pictured below with Linda and Childhelp founders Sara O'Meara and Yvonne Fedderson.

Sara O’Meara who was with Linda the day prior to her passing says, "Linda Pope’s name will forever grace the Childhelp Children’s Center of Arizona but her true immortality is her legacy of love which lives on in every life she touched with her giving spirit, inspirational intellect and huge heart," say Sara and Yvonne.

Linda, who loved ballroom dancing and competing, was also involved with charities across the country. She recently took a group of her friends to Los Angeles, for example, for the Dizzy Feet Foundation fundraiser.

Linda is pictured below at the Dizzy Feet event with Michelle King Robson and Nigel Lythgoe, dance competition judge and longtime Executive Producer of "American Idol" and "So You Think You Can Dance.". “Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother (they called her Glamma) and friend. She did more for our community than anyone I know," says Michelle.

Among the sports celebs at the memorial service were Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams and wife Erika who co-chaired the Super Bowl VIP Big Give party with Linda. Jason Kidd, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks flew in. As did California sports/entertainment business manager Lester Knispel, Bob Bondurant and wife Pat .

Linda is survived by husband, Bill, children, Blake McCay and Tisa McCay Stephenson stepchildren, Jeff, Steven, Rebecca and David daughter-in-law, Dominique son-in-law, Grant brothers, Philip and Anthony Matteis grandson, Declan step-grandchildren, April, Faith, Lacey, Caleb, Hailee, Dillon, Kason and Felisha.

(Written by Kathy Shayna Shocket, a freelance Writer, and TV- Field Producer based in Phoenix, AZ. The former TV-Reporter has written for publications such as TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, PEOPLE Magazine, The HollywoodReporter and The NEW YORK TIMES. You can reach her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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