Linda Lee (Smith) RadcliffeMarch 26, 1942 ~ January 18, 2018 (age 75)
Linda Smith Radcliffe passed away after a long illness on January 18, 2018 in Longview, Texas at the age of 75.
Linda is survived by her husband, Don Radcliffe; children, Mark Medlock of Austin, Texas, Chris Medlock both of Austin, Texas, Lori Merkel and her husband John of Longview, Texas, Rhett Radcliffe and his wife Tiffany of Corpus Christi, Texas and Tara Ghiglieri and her husband Paul of Studio City, California; grandchildren, Taran and Gabrielle Radcliffe, Lindee Merkel and Harlow Ghiglieri; sibling, Benjamin Smith, Jr and his wife Linda of Hayesville, North Carolina. She is preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Effie Lee Smith of Atlanta, Georgia and brother Steve Smith of Plano, Texas.
Linda was born on March 26, 1942 in Atlanta, Georgia to Benjamin and Effie Lee Root Smith. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1960.
A consummate wife, mother, and homemaker, Linda was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Over the years she collected a large library of cookbooks from a variety of cuisines. She enjoyed spending time tending to her flowers and plants, especially gardenias, hydrangeas, and roses. Some of her favorite outdoor activities included time at the beach, laying by the pool, boating on the lake, and Civil War reenactments.
A wife, a mother, a grandmother too,
This is the legacy we have from you.
You taught us love and how to fight,
You gave us strength, you gave us might.
A stronger person would be hard to find,
And in your heart, you were always kind.
You fought for us all in one way or another,
Not just as a wife not just as a mother.
For all of us you gave your best,
Now the time has come for you to rest.
So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
Your love in our hearts, we’ll eternally keep.
Visitation will be held from 5-7pm Wednesday, January 24th at Welch Funeral Home.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10am Thursday, January 25th at Welch Funeral Home. Pastor, Keith Rothra will officiate the ceremony. Entombment will follow at the mausoleum at Rosewood Park Cemetery. 1884 Farm to Market Rd. 1844, Longview, Texas.