Remembering Lynn Hinderliter, Vitamin Lady

In Honor & Remembrance of Lynn Hinderliter

 Lynn Felice Hinderliter (nee Lynn Felice Goulding) was the founder of  “Vitamin Lady of Middle Earth ®.” Born March 31, 1937, in Innsbruk,  Austria, she passed from this life on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, at the  age of 72 from cancer. Many knew her as Vitamin Lady® and owner/operator  of Middle Earth. Lynn knew the vitamin and supplements well.  She was the child of Felice Martell-Morrison and Ossian Goulding. She was educated at Whispers, a private boarding school in Wadhurst,  East Sussex, England. She was of an era of privileged women who had the  opportunity to be presented at court, as young ladies of  upper-middle-class and aristocratic families were, but who met the  prospect with disinterest. A social phenomenon evolved within her  post-World War II generation that changed young women’s view of Britain,  the class system, and their place in it. Rather than follow dying  conventions around class structure and marriage, she struck out on her  own to blaze a unique path. Upon graduation from Whispers, she was  accepted at Oxford University but declined the position to pursue travel  and adventure. Throughout the 1960s, Lynn worked as a translator and tour guide in  Spain. In 1979, she established Middle Earth as a business dedicated to  health and wellness and became a Certified Nutritionist and Licensed  Dietitian. She published an extensive body of work about health and  nutrition. [View Lynn’s Articles] Lynn was a brilliant and dynamic woman. She spoke Swedish, French and  Spanish fluently, could navigate the complexities of German well and  was well-grounded in Latin. She was athletic. Her passions and affinity  for poetry, literature, history, philosophy, gardening and cooking were  deep and wide. Her accomplishments with needlework, embroidery, beadwork  and sewing were unique, artistic and prolific. She could recite a dizzying repertoire of poetry and verse from  memory, wrote beautifully, loved music and all things beautiful and  refined. She had a love and affinity for animals that brought creatures  as unlikely as macaws, a blue Arctic fox and an iguana into her fold. It  was her appreciation of dogs, though, that most marked her love of  four-legged creatures, most noted in recent years through her showing of  Irish Wolfhounds in the AKC arena. Lynn lived in such far-flung places as Yemen, Egypt, Malaysia,  Sweden, Spain, Canada, England, Scotland, Jamaica and any number of  South and Central American countries, to name a few. Her American adventure began when, in 1969, she boarded the Queen  Mary and, bringing her beloved Mini Cooper S and Yorkshire Terrier, set  sail for New York City. Upon arrival, she promptly drove to Ecuador,  before the construction of the Pan-Am highway, exploring South and  Central America. In 1970, in Tequcigalpa, Honduras, she met and married  the love of her life, then Army Captain Clay Hinderliter. Their children  were subsequently born in Panama. They later moved to California and  then eventually to the area of Clay’s origins in west-central Illinois. Those who knew Lynn may remark upon her grace, beauty, style,  strength, fortitude, force and projection of character and personality.  Her sense of humor, dry and sarcastic wit, ready willingness to be  amused and entertained and belting laugh were her hallmarks. She was, as  someone dear to her put so succinctly, “excellent and challenging  company.” Her beautiful voice, unquenchable curiosity and thirst for  learning, excellent taste in all things, her love of fast cars,  fastidious driving habits and sincere concern for those around her were  remarkable. She carried a strong sense of justice and was deeply  sensitive. She was a woman who could spit in the face of danger and  embodied a spirit of irreverence, independence and resolution around all  that she undertook. She was deeply invested in upholding women’s rights  and equality. She carried an immeasurable capacity to empathize with  suffering in all forms. Her compassion knew no bounds. Her achievements are too many to list. Her business, garden, the  complex and beautiful tapestries she designed and executed, the  stupefyingly delicious concoctions she crafted in the moment and could  never provide a recipe for because she couldn’t recall what she’d put in  it, her ability to entertain, to create a beautiful home, and, most  important to her, the family she nurtured and tended to in her unique  and special way are accomplishments that will not be awarded diplomas  that can be framed and placed on a wall. The fantastic ideas, poignant  thoughts and impressions that came through her and were expressed so  beautifully by her will not go down in history. Nevertheless, her mark  was indelible and her undertakings and achievements hold a quality of  passion, drive, purity and brilliance that live on as a legacy to all  who were touched by her – and there were many. 


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