Born in Kansas City to two very devoted parents; Maurice Lee Dudley who still resides in Independence and Vickie Dudley who was waiting for Linda at Heaven’s Gate when she transitioned.
Linda graduated from Van Horn High School in 1967 and lived in Independence most of her life. In her adventures in life, she played so many roles: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Friend, and Cousin.
She was a truck driver, bus driver, trolley operator, server, hostess, just to name a few. One of her lifelong dreams of becoming a nurse was fulfilled when she got the privilege for five years of taking on the role of caretaker and nurse to soulmate, Douglas Eaden.
Linda’s life was not always easy. She suffered many tragedies and the illness that finally took her life, took its toll. She also celebrated many beautiful experiences.
She loved cooking and caring for her family. She was incredibly generous with everything, especially her time. She loved dancing, singing, fly-fishing, playing cards, dice and of course, Yahtzee. Nights with her family around the table playing games and laughing were a perfect way to spend an evening, in her opinion. These nights often lead to late-night roundtable discussions that stretched into the wee morning hours. Open discussions about anything and everything - nothing was off limits. This is what we will remember the most.
But above all her greatest accomplishment was raising her three children. Her daughter Debra (Debi), and her two sons; Mike, his wife, Debbie, along with Dennis, and his wife Amanda. She was blessed with five wonderful grandchildren: Taylor, Lukas, Josiah, Hannah, and Jordan and one very joyful great granddaughter, Elena Jane, who carries her great grandma’s middle name. She called her grandchildren her Heartstrings. To Linda her family meant EVERYTHING.
Linda gave her love freely and unconditionally. She was not afraid to tell you that she may not like everything you were doing but she loved you unconditionally nevertheless, “Because that is what families do. Love one another unconditionally.” she would say. “And family is all you have.” She would always add.
Linda was a great woman with a wonderful sense of humor, a kind heart, and a compassionate soul. She was always there for anyone who needed to talk or needed a shoulder to cry on.
In Heaven she is reunited with so many wonderful family members and friends; her Grandmother, Gladys; her Mother, Vickie; her best friend Charlene, and her many other family members whom all with open arms welcome her to GOD’s HEAVEN.
For Linda, the veil has been lifted and she has returned HOME.