Linda Gail Stuart, 72, passed away July 28, 2021.
On Saturday, August 7, 2021, Linda Stuart will lay to rest at 10:00 a.m. at Rolling Oaks Memorial Center in Coppell. A mother, sister, grandmother, cousin, and dear friend. One who touched the lives of many and who was dear to us all. A woman with a huge heart who was truly altruistic. Linda Gail Stuart, was born November 20, 1948, in Kansas City, Kansas. She was the second born of three children to Joseph and Marilouise Stuart. In her youth, she attended Kansas City, Kansas public schools where she enjoyed life as an active student, in First A.M.E. Church and in the community. She participated in the newspaper and yearbook staff, girls club, spanish club, modern choir, pep squad, chess club, Honor Society and worked as a Red Cross volunteer. A natural beauty, she also participated in several pageants including Miss Douglas State Bank. She graduated in 1966 from Sumner High School after placing runner up in the homecoming court in 1964.
In May of 1968, Linda received her Associate of Arts degree from Kansas City Kansas Community College. Following her graduation, she attended Kansas State University where she competed in the Putt Put Golf Pageant and was later named Miss Putt Putt. With a spirit for adventure and travel, Linda left college to become a flight attendant for Pan Am Airlines. She traveled to many places with her parents, touching six continents, 24 countries and several islands. Linda learned how to speak multiple languages while traveling abroad and enjoyed living in Washington D.C. and Honolulu, Hawaii.
Once Linda had traveled the world, she decided to move back home to Kansas City, Kansas and began working for the U.S. Government. A faithful employee, she would remain there for 20 years, retiring as a GS-12 in the Department of Health and Human Services. During this time, she married Jessie Starks and they became the parents of four children; Zsanice and DeBeion from Jessie’s former marriage and two daughters, Jessica and Gail from their union. Linda was an excellent mother; her children meant the world to her. Determined to provide her children with the best life, Linda decided to go back to school and completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Management and Health Care. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Park College in 1993.
Linda was a giving, sweet person who loved to volunteer in the community and was known for taking care of the homeless in her local neighborhood. She was kind to everyone she met and raised her children in a holiness church. She was dedicated to Christ and worked in the church for several years. A natural teacher, Linda began teaching Sunday school, children’s church, and vacation bible school. She also returned to the Kansas City, Kansas school district and worked as a substitute teacher for several years. Linda lived a life of servitude. Helping someone in need provided her with the most joy.
Linda leaves to celebrate her life two sisters, Mary Jo Hoard and Mitzi Thigpen (Michael), her children DeBeion Starks (Stacy), Zsanice O’Neal (Eric), Jessica Starks, and Gail Starks; one niece; Meisha Thigpen, one nephew; Joel Hoard, and her grandchildren who she loved dearly, Zshavon Dotson, Gzavel Bolton, Amaya Starks, Jaylan Shirley, Keyon Johnson, Quentin Hudspeth, DeBeion Starks Jr., and Zoe Hudspeth; along with many cousins, and dear, close friends.
Linda, you are so loved and will remain in our hearts. In life, we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place, no one else will ever fill.
The family of Linda G. Stuart would like to acknowledge and thank, with our deepest and utmost gratitude, the many neighbors, friends and family whose prayers, love and kindness have meant so very much to us during this time. We are so grateful to all of you and your acts of love that have helped us get through this time of loss. We would like to acknowledge the wonderful care given by Sandy Lake Rehabilitation. Also, for the services provided and the caring nature given by Sarah and her team at Fort Worth Funerals and Cremations. Please keep our family in your prayers. We thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. May God bless and keep you all.
-The Stuart Family
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