Lynn Valdivia-Wallace, of Seward, was born on October 14, 1946 to Arnold and Fern Stoecker in Minden.
His father’s work on water infrastructure projects in Nebraska, California and New York took the family across the country. She attended school at Franklin and Superior, Blythe, California, and Lewiston-Porter High School in Niagara Falls, New York, where she graduated in 1964. She then attended the University of California, Berkeley, graduating a BA in history in 1968. She continued her studies at Stanford University, defending a doctorate. in microbiology in 1979. On December 15, 1984, Lynn was married to James Huntley Wallace at Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Lynn worked for several pharmaceutical companies, before landing a position in the diagnostics division of Abbott Laboratories. At Abbott, she led the team that developed the first AIDS screening test known as ELISA. Lynn’s Christian faith was central to her life, and she viewed her scientific research as an extension of that faith. She dedicated her life to Bible study, prayer, and spreading the gospel. Throughout her life, Lynn also lived her faith by making unique quilts for everyone she loved and even those she didn’t know. She also loved novels, writing, movies, music, history, painting, dolls and photography. Lynn’s love for all that is true, noble, just, pure, beautiful and wonderful was surpassed only by her love for Jesus and his family. Lynn died on February 19, 2022 at her home in Seward, aged 75, 4 months and 5 days.
She is survived by her husband, James H. Wallace of Seward, and her sons, James AV Wallace and John DE Wallace of Lincoln. She was predeceased by her parents, Arnold and Fern Stoecker and her brother, Marshall Stoecker.
A funeral service was held February 24 at Greenwood Cemetery in Franklin. Condolences can be left for the family online at www.volzkefuneralhome.com.