Linda M. Marshall-Shuster

Linda M. Marshall-Shuster, age 61, a longtime resident of Colorado Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at her home after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was a treasured local caterer and had for years owned and operated “Heavenly Catering.” She was also a chef at the P.E.O. Chapter House at the foot of Cheyenne Cañon and taught Culinary Arts at Pikes Peak Community College. Many will recollect her years working at the gift shop at the Will Rogers Shrine to the Sun…but most of all, she will be remembered as a loving and dedicated mother, daughter, sister, and friend.

Linda Maureen Durban was born on August 18, 1952 in Chester, England to Stanley and Ursula (Newbrook) Durban. She attended schools in England and immigrated to the U.S. in 1969, when she was only sixteen, going on seventeen. She was proud of her lavish parties and took pleasure in entertaining her friends as well as her children’s’ friends. After becoming a Colorado enthusiast, she grew to love the various opportunities this lovely state offered. She loved the outdoors and all living creatures, saving pleasant house spiders trapped within her house to birds that could not escape her porch. She also was a dedicated student and had an appetite for learning and entertaining her interests. She always wanted to know the reason behind everything. She took pride in her ability to garden and loved when her morning glories became full and rampant all over her patio with fabulous blue flowers. She also enjoyed her savory tomatoes and aromatic herb garden. Her favorite things were her lilac Yankee candle or her “Fairy Dust” scented incense, and she just adored her Beatles.

She met and married Don Marshall, and had her daughter Emily, in 1975.

She later married James B. Shuster on November 1st, 1992, and her first son, Dylan, came soon after. Come October 1994, the birth of her second son, Wesley was a warm joy to this world. It was then that she and James moved their family to Colorado Springs for a worthwhile education for her children and a new start to life. She succeeded rearing her beloved sons to adulthood and through their education, and was proud of all of their accomplishments. She will continue to live vicariously through them for all of their endeavors.

Linda was a care giver. She enjoyed taking care of everybody in their time of need, and always put others ahead of herself. She had a heart of gold and will be best remembered for her generosity, scrumptious cooking, sense of humor, and of course, her memorable stories. She lived in Colorado Springs because it reminded her of England in many ways, and yearned to retire there to a quaint English cottage in the countryside with her brother Rich after her children were established.

She is survived by her sons: Dylan Shuster and Wesley Shuster, both of Colorado Springs; and her daughter: Emily Trigeros of Farmington, Connecticut. She is also survived by her father: Stanley Durban and her brother: Richard Durban, both of Los Angeles, California; and her sister: Deborah (and her husband, Phillip) Norris of Simi Valley, California.

Linda is also survived by her former husband, James Shuster of West Hills, California and a host of relatives and admired friends.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at the St. Paul Catholic Church, 9 El Pomar Road, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906. A reception will follow at the church. Memorials in her name may be made to her family at Ent Federal Credit Union or to the Starsmore Discovery Center in North Cheyenne Cañon Park.

She will be dearly missed.

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