Linda was born Nov. 24, 1945 in Oklahoma City, Okla., and grew up in Chanute, graduating from Chanute High School in 1963. She attended Neosho County Community College, worked a short time for Hallmark Cards, Kansas City, Mo., and entered Wichita State University, graduating in 1969 with a B.S. in Biology/Chemistry. She graduated in 1970 from St Francis Hospital Med Tech with a BS in Medical Technology. She worked in Microbiology for about 30 years (15 years of it in Colorado) and retired three years ago after 15 years at Baptist and Research Hospitals.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave, and parents, Emmett and Betty Bower of Chanute. She is survived by sister, Judy Pigue, brother-in-law Bill of Raytown, Mo., and niece, Cynthia Robinson, Scottsdale, Ariz.
She loved the outdoors and nature; scuba diving, skiing, jogging, hiking, bicycling and gardening. She participated in Corporate Challenge in track events, winning many medals. She was active in the Joey Klein Institute of Transformational Studies, VegKC, The Sierra Club, and KC Cactus & Succulent Society. She was a volunteer for Hospice and Cancer Action.
She had the love and support of many, many good friends. Linda’s family would like to express their appreciation of Kansas City Hospice House’s wonderful staff for their loving care during her final days. A Celebration of Life will be held 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 25, with a service at 6:30 p.m. at the Simpson House, 4509 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Chanute.
The family suggests memorial contributions to Cancer Action or Kansas City Hospice House.
Charter Funerals in charge of arrangements.