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.