Linda Jeanne Bement, 76, passed away peacefully at her home on March 19th. She was born in Salt Lake City on November 2, 1941, the only child of Charles and Elaine Stevens Bement. Raised in Sugarhouse, she was an avid skier and graduated from Highland High School.
Linda was crowned Miss Utah, Miss USA and Miss Universe from 1960-61. She taught future beauty contestants modeling and the essentials to succeed.
She was a talented artist, creative craftswoman, excellent cook and pianist. Linda was happiest caring for her pets and saving animals. She was especially fond of cats and dogs and enjoyed feeding blue jays and other birds in her backyard.
Linda married and divorced Hall of Fame jockey, Manuel Ycaza, with whom she had two children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is survived by her two children, Manuel and Linda, her grandchildren, Trevor, Jonathen, Christian, Christina and Christopher, her great-grandchildren, Trey, Wyatt and Lewis. Linda later married and divorced Rob Sharp of Salt Lake City, with whom she had no children.
She spent her time helping other people, and regularly enjoyed donating vegetables and fruit from her backyard to the homeless and to the LDS Church. She was part of the Westminster College women's group. As a goodwill ambassador, Linda traveled extensively and inspired and mentored young women for whom she served as a role model.