Linda Jarvis, an advertising sales representative and supervisor for the Howard County Sun, died yesterday after an eight-year battle with cancer. She was 48 and lived in Columbia.
A funeral service for Ms. Jarvis will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Slack funeral establishment, 3871 Columbia Road in Ellicott City. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery.
Ms. Jarvis worked in the newspaper advertising and trade publication business for 27 years, since she graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1964 with a degree in journalism.
She grew up in Takoma Park and was described by co-workers as a witty, even-tempered and motherly woman who worked well under pressure and never complained, even in recent months, when her illness became debilitating.
She came to work for the Howard County Sun, a suburban edition of the Baltimore Sun, four years ago.
Ms. Jarvis previously worked as editor for the Mid-Atlantic Food Service News, as a sales order coordinator for Sunkist Growers Inc. and in the advertising department of the Washington Star.
Margie Lenhardt, an advertising sales representative at the Howard County Sun, said Ms. Jarvis "looked out for everybody. Linda was also a fighter. It was obvious she was in pain. She was walking in a walker, but she continued with every ounce of energy to go out and see her accounts. Never once did you ever hear a complaint. She always had high spirits."
Ms. Lenhardt said Ms. Jarvis had sold every type of ad in every territory of Howard County, from real estate to automotive to restaurants.
"She knew the working of the [county] better than anybody," Ms. Lenhardt said.
Mary McGraw, Howard County Sun advertising sales manager, said it was "a privilege to work with [Ms. Jarvis]. She was the type who took care of things. She acted with grace under pressure. She was unflappable."
Ms. Jarvis is survived by a daughter, Janna Lynn Jarvis of Columbia; and by her parents, Olea and Walter Hannemann of Takoma Park.
The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society.