Born November 22, 1978, Lindsey lived the first years of her life in Kingston, WA. She relocated to her parents’ hometown of Bainbridge Island but ultimately graduated from North Kitsap High School in the class of ‘97. In her adult years, she worked as a bookkeeper for Olympic Outdoor Center before becoming the procurement manager for go2marine.com, which eventually became LFS. Lindsey is known as a friend who exudes loyalty, a strong work ethic, and as one who loves with all her heart. The highlight of her life was welcoming her daughter. As a single mother, Lindsey worked harder and loved Lily with every ounce of her being. Lily and Lindsey made many memories on the beaches of Apple Tree Cove. Lindsey always felt at home with water close by whether it was looking at sea creatures, collecting glass, SUP boarding, boating, or just taking in the view.
At the age of 35, Lindsey was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. She fought hard, entered remission, and was then diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. She took every treatment available head on to buy her as much time as possible with her precious daughter. After a total of 5 years fighting, Lindsey could take no more. She was surrounded by love when she was set free on May 23, 2019. She was proceeded in death by her grandparents Dwight and Jan McIlwain and George Prowse. She is survived by her nine year old daughter Lily who exhibits the same strength, love, and zest for life as her mom. In addition, her grandmother Nellie Mae Prowse, parents Jay McIlwain and Jim and Sheila Strom, her sisters Erin (Ted) Graham and Traci McIlwain, and her nieces and nephews Kylie Bushnell, Gage Graham, Harper Graham, and Kannon Kossen have survived her. Lindsey has an abundance of extended family and friends who were equally close to, and loved by, her. A celebration of life is planned for 1-4 pm on June 30th at The Manor House on Pleasant Beach.
Raising awareness about metastic breast cancer was important to Lindsey. To learn more, go to mbcn.org.