Obituary: Linda DeMoss McDonald

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BENTON – Funeral services for Linda Louise DeMoss McDonald will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2014, in the Chapel of Osborn Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery west of Blanchard, LA. Officiating will be Bro. Eddie DeHondt and Bro. Randy Riley. Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29, at Osborn.

Linda was born on November 2, 1946 in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her mother, Erline Lowe DeMoss; her father, Walter Lewis DeMoss, Sr.; and her brother, Lynn DeMoss. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Doug McDonald. Linda and Doug were married on July 17, 1964. They have one son, Brad McDonald and his wife, Lori; and grandsons, Cody and Brady; a daughter, Amy Steed and husband, Charles (SFC, USA), and grandsons, Seth, Zachary and Sam; brothers, Walter Lewis DeMoss, Jr. and wife, Sandy and Lester DeMoss of FL. Linda is also survived by her favorite aunt and name sake, Louise Johnson and uncle, Randolph Johnson; a host of nephews, nieces and cousins; step-mother, Ruby DeMoss of Marshall, TX; and step sister, Kristie Yates of Houston, TX.

Linda grew up in the Werner Park Community and attended Werner Park Elementary, Midway Junior High and Fair Park High School. She was a long time member of Ingleside Baptist Church where she had many fond memories of numerous friends and singing in Mrs. Clancy’s Choirs. She maintained a close friendship with the “Ingleside Girls” Tish Britt Holloway, Linda Bozeman Hambrick, Karen Merritt, Joyce Burnette and special friend, Bonnie Solomon who supported her. As a young girl Linda was an accomplished Ballerina and tap dancer and enjoyed dancing. She participated in many local talent shows. After marriage Linda and Doug became lifelong members of Trinity Heights Baptist Church, Shreveport. After graduating from high school, she attended College and graduated with a business secretary accreditation. She was secretary for the Dean of Engineering at LA Tech. She also worked at Curtis Stout Co. for 30 years as secretary to the President of the Co. in Shreveport and she retired in 2012.

Linda Courageously fought and endured a rare neuromuscular disease that was diagnosed in 1978. Despite several surgeries and taking body damaging medication she still enjoyed life, friends, and family and maintained a work career of 30 years. The disease and medication took its toll in the last two years and after almost 16 months of hospitalization, her body wore out and she passed on Monday, October 26, 2014, to a place she would suffer no more. Her smile and compliments and gratitude to others lasted to the very end. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and others that knew her. She will be greatly missed most of all by Doug.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Mount Zion Cemetery Assoc., 1306 Holiday Place, Bossier City, LA 71112, Attn: Harry Solomon or the charity of donor’s choice.