|Birth: ||Dec. 2, 1937|
|Death: ||Jan. 28, 2009|
Linda Beth (Williams)Dowdy
Linda Dowdy of Abilene passed away on January 28, 2009 at the age of 71. Services will be at North's Memorial Chapel on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Albert Fuentes officiating, Burial to follow at Clyde Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday evening from 6-7:30 p.m. at North's Funeral Home, 242 Orange.
Linda was born December 2, 1937 in Wichita, Kansas to Charles H. Williams and Ruth (Parrish) Williams. She was the third of eight children born to the Williams. As a military child, Linda lived in Greenland, Alaska, and Texas. She graduated from Harlendale High School in 1956 in San Antonio, Texas. Linda worked for Southwestern Bell as an operator in San Antonio, went to Abilene for college and continued with Southwestern Bell. She briefly attended Abilene Christian College until she met her future husband, Layne Arden Dowdy. They were married on February 14, 1958 in San Antonio.
Linda was so happy to begin a family and became active in teaching Bible classes. The couple lived in Anchor Point, Alaska, Lubbock, Texas, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and then in Abilene, staying in this area while they raised their family. Later on, they lived in Port Aransas for a short period of time before settling back in Abilene. During their life together, Layne and Linda attended Sunset Church of Christ in Lubbock, Southern Hills Church of Christ in Abilene, and Heartland Community Church in Port Aransas. Layne and Linda raised six children. Linda loved to sing, especially spiritual songs, and continually filled their home with her voice. Linda loved babies and taught "Cradle Roll" Bible classes for many years. Linda's occupations, besides homemaker, included: clerk at J.C. Penny, school bus driver (Jim Ned School District), medication aide at Abilene State School, nursing for 25 + years, first as an LVN in the Coronary Care Unit, then as an RN in the ICU at Hendrick Medical Center, and as Supervisor for several Home Health Agencies in the Abilene and Corpus Christi areas.
Linda was in love with God and always found peace in nature, taking her children on "nature walks" and "mountain climbing" when they were young, gardening vegetables, and going to parks where she would lie down under the trees while they played. She was a spontaneous, fun-loving person; the first one outside to play if it happened to snow. One of Grandma's" greatest joys was spending time with her twenty grandchildren and her two great-grandchildren.
Linda was a servant of the Lord and showed his love as she welcomed people into her and Layne's lives and home. She "adopted" many sons and daughters in spirit and took joy in showing God's mercy and love to them as if they were her own. Many already greatly miss Linda, but she is now at home with the Lord and no longer has to imagine what it is like to see Jesus face to face.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Charles and Ruth Williams, her brother, C.H. Williams III, son-in-law Lanny Dycus, and nephews David Williams and Brian Dennis.
Surviving Linda are her husband of fifty-one years, Layne Arden Dowdy, her six children: Lanette Diane Smith of Ft. Worth, LuJean Beth Durham of Clyde. David Levi Wayland Dowdy of Abilene, Lance Parrish Dowdy of New Braunfels, Larisa June Elliott of San Angelo, and Lanae Ruth Dycus of Abilene. Also surviving her are her sons-in-law: Yancy Smith, Robert Durham, and Bryan Elliott, daughter-in-law Lindy, as well as the aforementioned grand and great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Matthew Warren Smith, Brenton Layne William Dowdy, Kyle Robert Dowdy, Brian John Dowdy, Taylor Glenn Durham, Ethan Earl Elliott, Micah Jon Elliott, and Daniel Paul Dycus, grandsons of Linda. Honorary pallbearer is Wayland Lilly of Clyde, Texas.
Created by: GarnetRuby
Record added: Aug 25, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57715024
Dear Mama,This is the closest flower I could find for Morning Glories, which I can remember you telling me about when I was little bitty. I still remember watching for them to open every morning. I will always love you and hold you in my heart.|
Added: Mar. 10, 2012
You are loved and missed.|
Doug and Brenda
Added: Aug. 19, 2011