Lynn Randall Guild, who briefly considered a life as a sword fighter before embarking on careers as actor, English teacher, journalist and then–when marriage brought two children–a mother, died April 8 at her home in Vista, Calif. She was 79.
Born Oct. 16, 1941 in Detroit, Mich., Lynn, nee Thompson, graduated from Walled Lake Central High School in 1959. It was there that a teacher discovered she had a preternatural skill for fencing, and suggested she could be a contender for the U.S. Olympic team.
That didn’t come to pass, and she attended college briefly before pausing her education to be a stage actor in Detroit, performing in numerous plays. That instinct to perform never left her, and she infused it into nearly everything she did, whether it was dramatically telling a story, speaking to a crowd or inexplicably breaking out into song during family gatherings.
She earned an English degree and a teaching certificate at Oakland University. It was also there that she met her husband, with whom she had two kids.
That marriage ended unhappily, but Lynn dedicated her life to being a mom with equal measures of humor, intelligence, strength and sarcasm. The latter of those–much to her satisfaction–has become a generational and cherished family trait. More than anything else, she loved being surrounded by family and friends.
She worked for a television news station in Texas and two newspapers in California.
Later in life Lynn made a home for herself in Brookings, Oregon, where she worked for the Curry Coastal Pilot as a copy editor for more than a decade and became a part of the community she loved.
Lynn was known for her ebullient nature and outgoing personality, winning friends wherever she went.
She is survived by her son Todd Guild and daughter Leah Power, in addition to grandsons Gabriel and Benjamin Guild, Delma Chmura and Jasper Power, and granddaughter Lily Chmura. She is also survived by her brother Tom Thompson. There will be no memorial service. If there were, however, she would want to be right in the middle of it, laughing with everyone.