Linda Faye Kelso, 78, of Heidenheimer, a beloved member of her community and a cherished mother, has sadly departed from this world. With a heavy heart, we gather here to remember and celebrate the extraordinary life she led. Linda's unwavering commitment to her family and her kind-hearted nature made a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Born on July 16, 1945, in Temple, Texas, to Mr. George Houston and Dorothy Lucille (Sessom) Houston. Linda experienced a childhood filled with love and warmth. She graduated from Holland High School before embarking on a career that would span over two decades as Scott and White Medical Records. Her dedication and hard work were recognized by colleagues and patients alike.
Linda's love for her family was immeasurable. She was a devoted mother to her three sons, Scott Kelso (Cathy), Tim Kelso (Marian), and Rob Kelso. Known for her generosity, she extended her care beyond her immediate family to include her own mother, whom she lovingly cared for. Linda's presence brightened every reunion as she eagerly hosted family gatherings. Her home was always open, radiating warmth and joy.
A woman of wit and humor, Linda had an infectious laughter that brought smiles to all those around her. Her mischievous spirit led to playful jokes that earned her the endearing nickname "crazy lady" among her son's friends. Yet beneath the humor lay a resolute strength of character; Linda was known for being straightforward and honest, never afraid to speak her mind.
Linda had an insatiable love for reading and indulged in sci-fi movies that transported her to other worlds of imagination. She nurtured an avid interest in online shopping and found immense joy in treating herself to what some might call "junk food." Among her favorite treats were succulent cantaloupes and cherries.
Linda's proudest achievements were rooted in her role as a mother. Actively involved in the Academy Athletics Booster Club, she supported her sons wholeheartedly, cheering them on from the sidelines. She approached motherhood with unwavering love and care, always ensuring that her children felt heard and valued. Her dedication to family extended beyond her immediate circle, onto her grandchildren flourished with thoughtful gifts.
She graciously hosted countless celebrations where laughter echoed through the halls.
Sadly, Linda's journey was unexpectedly cut short due to stage 4 kidney cancer. Despite facing immense adversity, she maintained her characteristic strength and bravery throughout her battle. The cancer started in her kidney before progressing to her lungs and, finally, to the lining of her brain.
Linda peacefully passed away at her residence in Temple, Texas on September 25, 2023. Her departure leaves an irreplaceable void in the lives of all those who knew and loved her. But we can find solace in knowing that Linda's spirit lives on through the memories we shared with her.
She is preceded in death by her parents and her beloved husband, Thomas Wayne "Red" Kelso. Linda also mourns the loss of two cherished brothers, George Wayne Houston and Charles T. Houston. Though their absence weighs heavy in our hearts, we find comfort in the knowledge that they are reunited once more.
Linda is survived by a legacy of love carried forward by her three devoted sons: Scott Kelso (Cathy), Tim Kelso (Marian), and Rob Kelso. She also leaves behind two loving brothers: Roger Houston (Judy) and Carol Houston (Sharon); two caring sisters: Janet Nelson and Sandy Paige (Steve); two grandchildren: Kayla Coderre and Kenzie Kelso; and one great-granddaughter: Clairabelle Coderre.
To honor Linda's memory, a visitation will be held at Young's Daughters Funeral Home & Bereavement Center located at 4235 E. US Hwy 190 in Temple, Texas, on October 2, 2023. The visitation will commence at 6:00 PM and conclude at 8:00 PM, providing an opportunity to gather together and reminisce about the beautiful moments shared.
A graveside service will take place at Little Flock Road in Temple, Texas on October 3, 2023. This final ceremony will begin at 10:00 AM, allowing us to bid farewell to Linda while surrounded by nature's embrace.
Linda Faye Kelso has left an indelible mark on all our lives. Her sweet tea, delectable Thanksgiving dressing, and unwavering generosity will forever be remembered. Let us keep her vibrant spirit alive by nurturing love and kindness in our own lives.
In the face of adversity, Linda exuded resilience and a zest for life that inspired all who knew her. Though she may no longer dwell among us physically, her memory will forever be etched in our hearts. We find solace knowing that Linda is now at peace, watching over us with a loving eye roll.
As we mourn the loss of a remarkable woman, let us also celebrate the immeasurable joy and love that Linda brought into our lives. May her legacy inspire us to cherish every moment and hold dear those who enrich our lives.
In Lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to the American Cancer Society. The family would like to extend great appreciation to Morada Senior Living, Amedysis Hospice to include Chaplain Willis Moore as well as a special thanks to Judy Houston for her compassion during this difficult time.
In loving memory of Linda Faye Kelso, may her soul rest in eternal peace.