May 11, 2011

You will notice a new theme. Thanks to my son Micah.

She has been walking a long road. Now she is just over the horizon. But close.

Thank you all for your kind comments on this Blog. I read all the comments, but respond to few, for time lack.

The notice below comes out in the Kansas City Star today. My son Spencer and I wrote it. He did the heavy lifting. Thank you Spencer.

My brother also recently posted angelic photos—

And another brother, like thoughts–

I notice my last 3 Blog posts are of a similar nature–

That should be complete for now.

Linda Lee Walker, age 62, passed away last Friday afternoon, May 6th 2011 at her home in Kansas City, Missouri, of pancreatic cancer. She was watched over by loving family members and friends; as well as the hospice workers who cared for her during her final moments.

Services will be held this Saturday morning, May 14th at 10am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13025 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri 64145 (at the corner of Wornall and Blue Ridge). Her burial will be held at Longview Cemetery, 12700 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64149 later that day.

Linda Lee Hinson was born in Washington, DC on February 5th, 1949 to Stanley Austin Hinson and his wife Mary Stuart. She lived in Falls Church, VA until 1952 , then Springfield, VA until 1956, when the family moved to Great Falls, VA.

She was affectionately known as Linnie the Poo by her family. Photos from that era reveal a dark-haired, bright-eyed girl whose joy and creative spirit were boundless. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Psychology.

Linda fell in love twice — first with a handsome young man from Idaho called Lorin and later on with a wild and unruly state called Texas. She married Lorin on June 2, 1971 in the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They are in their 40th year of marriage. She gave birth to 6 boys and 1 girl and raised them throughout 8 different states during her 39 years of child-wrangling. The fact that they all have life and limbs intact today is a powerful testament to her consummate skill and vigilance. Lin is survived by her husband, Lorin Rosel Walker; 7 children: Austin Wilson Walker, Kadra Kirsten Walker Pixton, Micah John Walker, Nathan Elias Walker, Spencer David Walker, Lucas Clay Walker and Seth Jacob Walker; 6 grandchildren (adding 2 more in coming months); and her 2 sisters: Margaret Anne Hinson Mehle and Bettie Smith. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, with whom she is now joined once again.

Her progeny and influence sprout up like wild Texas bluebonnets everywhere, vivid blooms of life sprung from the seed of her unfailing charity. Each of us became our best selves in Lin’s presence. A feeling of constant love and acceptance emanated from her. Through her eyes our Heavenly Father smiled upon us.

Linda loved real Country & Western music, the kind made by God-fearing outlaws. She was an inspiring creative force who infused beauty into everything she touched – food, clay, cloth, thread, children and friends. Her talents and creations defy summary.

Memorial donations may be made to Wayside Waifs, Inc. or to the Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City.

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2 Responses to May 11, 2011

  1. Chris Fuller says:

    This obituary is a beautiful tribute to Lin and expressed so many feelings: sadness that she’s gone, happiness for all that she meant to the family, and a promising optimism that the family will endure and flourish because of her. I’ve thought of your family often this past week and hope that each day gets easier for all of you.

    I knew Lin from the years she met with us at the Bernina sewing club and learned so much from her. It surprised me to read in the obituary that she had received her degree in Early Childhood/Psychology because I had assumed that her degree would have been in Textiles or something similar.

    Interestingly, I had been doing some spring cleaning the other day in my sewing room and was taking time to organize reference books and pamphlets when I came across the collection of handouts from Lin. This, of course, delayed any more cleaning as I just sat there and read through all of them again, thinking of Lin, appreciating her talents, and wishing yet one more time that things could go back to how they used to be. When I read of her passing, I realized that it happened about the same time I was going through all these papers. What a goosebump-producing coincidence!
    Chris Fuller

  2. Deb Hillen says:

    I met Lin quite by accident, she was in an online group and we both wondered why we shouldn’t have a group of people talking about sewing FACE to FACE! Turns out we lived not too far apart in the Kansas City area. What a fortunate happening to get to meet and spend time with such a talented and wonderful woman. Our little group that she helped form will go on, and hopefully she will still be guiding us.
    Lin will be missed but her talents will live on in the many people she touched. I will miss her smiling face and our chats dearly.
    Love and prayers to you all.

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