In1988, she moved to the Aurora Community and was currently working in housekeeping for Cox Hospital in Monett. On July 1, 1989, she married Bennie Burton in Chula, Mo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 16, 2009. Linda loved yard sales, auctions and going to the casino.
She will be sadly missed by her two children, Jeremy Clay and his wife, Kim, of Aurora and Athena Melnicki and her husband, Michael, of Lees Summit, Mo.; her mother, Lucy Leasman and her husband, Herb, of Kirksville, Mo.; four sisters, Sueanna Hannah and her husband, Larry, of Kirksville, Brenda Smith, of Cortland, Ohio, Joyce Cawthorne and her husband, Steve, of Jackson, Mo. and Sharon Tarlton, of Fulton, Mo.; two grandchildren, Riley and Leo Melnicki; two stepsons, Donald Burton and his wife, Angie, of Springfield, and Daren Burton, of Nashville, Tenn.; and five step-grandsons, Eric, Matthew, Seth, Tyler and Andrew Burton.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora with burial at the Maple Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on Friday prior to the funeral.
Online condolences may be shared at www.CraftonCantrellFuneralHome.com.