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Obituary for Linda Kathleen (Walker) Andrews
Linda Kathleen (Walker) Andrews, 73, of Sun City West, Ariz., formerly of Hindsboro, Oakland and Charleston, was taken peacefully by the Lord on Friday, May 6, 2022, at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center in Sun City West, after being admitted to the hospital with pneumonia. Linda was born Linda Kathleen Walker on Oct. 16, 1948, in Tuscola, to parents Dale Walker and Mallie Irene Walker. Linda is survived by her daughter, Dr. Kris Andrews (Jack) Berkery; grandchildren, Claire and Max; sisters Carolyn (Max) Hanner and Daylann (Gary) Kuhn; and her best friend, Lorna Lanman. Linda earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Eastern Illinois University, serving her communities as an educator for nearly 40 years in Oakland and Surprise, Ariz., until her retirement in 2016. During her time as a teacher, she taught math and physical education, where she helped her schools achieve national recognition for physical fitness. Linda also coached girls’ track. Linda’s life was one of adventure, where her motto was always, “Making Memories.” She enjoyed boating and was an expert angler. Copies of Crappie magazine could always be found close by, and episodes of “Bill Dance Outdoors” were only a click away. Motorcycle rides on her Spyder trike were another favorite pastime, as were trips to the White Mountains, Lake Pleasant, Greer Lake and Munds Park, trips she looked forward to each year. Her favorite holiday was always Christmas, and she took great joy in preparing her house for an always fun Christmas Eve with her friends and family, with honey-baked ham and baked beans as the staples. Her Christmas Snoopy collection was legendary, ever-present and always growing. Hallmark movies could always be seen and heard playing on the TV. Above all, Grammy loved and celebrated her family, including spending quality time with her daughter, Kris, son-in-law, Jack, and her absolutely beloved grandchildren, Claire and Max, from whom she derived the greatest joy in her life. Grammy’s love was demonstrated by the smallest details of her thoughtfulness, whether placing Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups as a treat on your pillow at night, baking cinnamon rolls for breakfast, or remembering to call her grandkids every Friday night to wish them a happy Movie Night. Linda’s roots in Oakland continued to thrive throughout her life, as she always returned for high school reunions and trips down to Pagliai’s in Charleston, but most importantly, to visit with her dear sister, Aunt Carolyn, and Carolyn’s husband, Uncle Max. Linda adored her many cats over the years, Callie, Fernando and Cricket, to name a few, and also loved roses. Her closest friendship, with Lorna Lanman, lasted for 65 years. Linda and Lorna’s adventures never stopped, with Lorna always coming up with some crazy new idea, and Linda always trying to figure out what Lorna was getting them into this time. Linda impacted so many lives with her unique love and kindness. During her life, Linda had no regrets. She lived a life true to herself, she worked hard but never too hard to prevent her from enjoying life, she expressed her feelings to those she loved, she stayed in touch with her friends, and she allowed herself to be happy. Her friends and family will forever be thankful for all of the great times they had with her Making Memories. Linda; Momma; Grammy; we love you and miss you. Graveside services to honor Linda’s life will be held at the Oakland Cemetery in Oakland, IL on Monday, May 16, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donation be made to the Oakland P.T.O.