Posted by: walkerswalkabout | May 11, 2011

Over the Horizon

She has been walking a long road. Now she is just over the horizon. But close.

Thank you all for your kind comments on this Blog. I read all the comments, but respond to few, for time lack.

The notice below came out in the Kansas City Star today. My son Spencer and I wrote it. He did the heavy lifting. Thank you Spencer.

My brother also recently posted angelic photos—

And another brother, like thoughts–

I notice my last 3 Blog posts are of a similar nature–

That should be complete for now.

Linda Lee Walker, age 62, passed away last Friday afternoon, May 6th 2011 at her home in Kansas City, Missouri, of pancreatic cancer. She was watched over by loving family members and friends; as well as the hospice workers who cared for her during her final moments.

Services will be held this Saturday morning, May 14th at 10am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 13025 Wornall Road in Kansas City, Missouri 64145 (at the corner of Wornall and Blue Ridge). Her burial will be held at Longview Cemetery, 12700 Raytown Road, Kansas City, Missouri 64149 later that day.

Linda Lee Hinson was born in Washington, DC on February 5th, 1949 to Stanley Austin Hinson and his wife Mary Stuart. She lived in Falls Church, VA until 1952 , then Springfield, VA until 1956, when the family moved to Great Falls, VA.

She was affectionately known as Linnie the Poo by her family. Photos from that era reveal a dark-haired, bright-eyed girl whose joy and creative spirit were boundless. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development and Psychology.

Linda fell in love twice — first with a handsome young man from Idaho called Lorin and later on with a wild and unruly state called Texas. She married Lorin on June 2, 1971 in the LDS Temple in Idaho Falls, Idaho. They are in their 40th year of marriage. She gave birth to 6 boys and 1 girl and raised them throughout 8 different states during her 39 years of child-wrangling. The fact that they all have life and limbs intact today is a powerful testament to her consummate skill and vigilance. Lin is survived by her husband, Lorin Rosel Walker; 7 children: Austin Wilson Walker, Kadra Kirsten Walker Pixton, Micah John Walker, Nathan Elias Walker, Spencer David Walker, Lucas Clay Walker and Seth Jacob Walker; 6 grandchildren (adding 2 more in coming months); and her 2 sisters: Margaret Anne Hinson Mehle and Bettie Smith. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, with whom she is now joined once again.

Her progeny and influence sprout up like wild Texas bluebonnets everywhere, vivid blooms of life sprung from the seed of her unfailing charity. Each of us became our best selves in Lin’s presence. A feeling of constant love and acceptance emanated from her. Through her eyes our Heavenly Father smiled upon us.

Linda loved real Country & Western music, the kind made by God-fearing outlaws. She was an inspiring creative force who infused beauty into everything she touched – food, clay, cloth, thread, children and friends. Her talents and creations defy summary.

Memorial donations may be made to Wayside Waifs, Inc. or to the Crossroads Hospice in Kansas City.



  1. As is so often the case, I have no idea what to say. My mother passed away 3 years ago and I watched my farther go through what you are going through now. He and mom had been married for almost 50 years. He didn’t know what to do with himself for quite a while.

    Have a look at hymn #129 in some quiet moment.

    Thinking of you, my friend.

    – Roy

  2. Heartfelt sympathies, Lorin.

  3. Ah, sad to hear. I have a lump in my throat. Come visit next time you’re near Annapolis.

  4. Lin is indeed a special lady, and you’re absolutely right that she is “just over the horizon.” Those on the other side are close and are anxious that we continue on–marching forward to join them again. Continue marching, one step at a time.

  5. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. I attended Lin’s service yesterday ….it was a moving, emotional, and uplifting time spent with her good friends, acquaintances, and loving family. The tributes to Lin from her close friends gave all of us a glimpse into the many facets of her life and I enjoyed hearing the tales of life with seven children and her beloved husband. Clayton’s song, Amy/Kay’s song, and Micah’s Circle Requiem were absolutely perfect in every way. How fortunate the Walker family is to have the support of each other, their faith, and the many happy memories of Lin.

  7. I have read and reread this beautiful tribute to Lin many times. It is so touching and tender, such a fitting testament of a well-lived life, the kind that elicits “no regrets” as she said. Two weeks have passed now. I know it will be painful each day as you learn to live without this radiant, gracious spirit. We are all still thinking of you and are with you in spirit, as is Lin. Know that you are not alone and that you are loved.

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