Sedona AZ (October 18, 2013) – 80-year-old Sedona resident Phyllis Lindberg is dead after being struck by a falling tree while on a hike with on the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon.
She was hiking with four friends Thursday morning, October 17. The group stopped for lunch shortly after 11 a.m. and rested on a log near the creek when a large tree fell and struck Lindberg, narrowly missing the other hikers. One member of the group was slightly injured in the accident. She was treated and released at a local hospital with head and scalp wounds after she jumped out of the way of the falling tree.
Members of the hiking party called 911 and responding Sedona Fire personnel say Lindberg was declared dead at the scene from impact injuries.
Ms. Lindberg, a 40 year Sedona resident, was an avid hiker and was with her hiking friends when the accident happened. She was also a botanist who could name every tree and flower in the area.
Phyllis is survived by her Husband, Paul, and two children.
Phyllis Lindberg was one of the treasures of Sedona. She was a great friend to many and a valuable volunteer. We’re glad she was doing what she loved when she left us. She is deeply missed.
Everyone whose life was touched by Phyllis is in mourning. She will long be remembered and memories cherished. My heart goes out to her family and all her caring friends. I trust the residents of the City of Sedona will honor her is some special way.
A friend of Phyllis’ for 34 years,
Bernice “Bee” Brown
What a loss! Phyllis was the first person who befriended us when we moved to Sedona. We were always comparing notes about hiking, gardening, our cats–just a wonderful person who will be missed. I’ll miss her spirit and distinctive laugh!
Paul… we are stunned by the loss of your dear wife, Phyllis,
and are available to help you in any way that we can.
On behalf of all your friends at the Oak Creek Watershed Council…