Linda Sue Conner passed away peacefully after a short illness in Charleston’s Hubbard House Hospice on January 21, 2024. Born to Maxine Stump Conner and Clyde B. Conner, Jr. in Charleston, West Virginia, on May 3, 1952, Linda was always a vivacious character. She had her father’s dry wit and her mother’s many talents.
Linda was predeceased by both of her parents. She leaves behind many family members who will be tied to her memory forever: Sister and Brother-in-law Janet and Phillip Pearce of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Niece Melissa Pearce of Cape Coral, Florida; Niece and Husband Tracy and Scott Wooten, Great Nephew and Wife Grant and Jessi Wooten, and Great Nephew Trevor Wooten all of Charleston, West Virginia; Great Nephew Joshua Vandall and Great, Great Nephew Avery Vandall, both of Cape Coral, Florida. There are also many extended family and friends who will miss her dearly.
It wasn’t long after Linda was born before she became a permanent fixture at Young Floral on Pennsylvania Avenue in Charleston, the family-owned business. Before Linda even started school, she was taking dance classes from Alma Britt. As a young girl, Linda was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls Charleston Assembly #1. Her love of music became apparent when she decided to learn how to play the flute and was a flutist in the Charleston High School Band. After graduating from Charleston High School in 1970, Linda went on to expand her education at Concord College, University of Kentucky and University of Charleston.
Linda will be remembered by all who knew her for her many gifts. She was a person who believed in community service. First and foremost, Linda was a member in good standing at Trinity United Methodist Church of Charleston. She had been known to help many and never expect anything in return. As Past President of the Pilot Club of Charleston, children’s needs were actively addressed. Being Past Worthy Matron of Tiskelwah Chapter Number 45 of the Order of Eastern Star, Linda pledged her advice and nurturing to many a member. She also painstakingly worked in her art studio, Linda’s Attic, to encourage many in their painting endeavors as well as complete her own creations.
Being well-read and world-traveled, Linda had so much information packed into one brain. Learning from a book was one thing, but walking the streets of Paris or riding the train through Switzerland gave her a much greater appreciation of life. She would almost always be able to answer any question on Jeopardy! Something she was very proud of. She loved listening to music, especially Patsy Cline and the Beatles. Linda was also very proud of her award-winning art. She was honored to have her juried art work displayed and sold at Tamarack. Additionally, her art work was sold at the Greenbrier. Receiving compliments about her art brought her great joy, but winning first place in a competition set her apart. Her mind was always creating new ideas to put on canvas.
Linda led a life with no regrets. She was able to do all the things she set her mind to. One of the possessions that Linda was most passionate about was her fur babies. She had many pets throughout her journey, but she leaves behind the two poodles that filled her life with happiness – Minnie Pearl, her strawberry blonde standard poodle, and Lulu, her teacup golden ball of fur. Her lifelong accomplishments will not long be forgotten. A most appropriate verse in Matthew 25 states “well done, good and faithful servant!”
Linda was very appreciative of all the help she received once she moved back to Charleston in 2022, after living her lifelong dream for five years in Cape Coral, Florida, soaking up the Florida sunshine. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Renee Kidd for being by Linda’s side the last year as a loyal caregiver.
A private family burial will be held at the Lower Chapel of Cunningham Memorial Park in St. Albans, West Virginia. The celebration of Linda’s life will be held later in the spring at Trinity United Methodist Church in Charleston. May Linda forever rest in peace.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.barlowbonsall.com .
Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, WV, has been entrusted with the arrangements.