Linda Cook, 78, formerly of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2022.
Linda was born in Walter Reed Medical center on New Year's Eve in 1943 to the late Albert and Shirly (Walker) Spaulding. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Tom. She is survived by her four remaining children: Linda Gates, Kelly Norman, Mark Cook, and Tracy Gehosky; eight grandchildren: Meagan Evans, Emily Tarbell, Sarah Rietmulder, Laura Mournian, Kristina Norman, Tom Norman, Elise Gehosky and Jane Gehosky; six great grandchildren: Atticus Tarbell, Winter Tarbell, Lena Evans, Dominic Evans, Nolan Rietmulder and Isabel Mournian.
In life, Linda was an independent woman. She lived life on her own terms and never complained about the hardships she endured. In her later years, she enjoyed her quiet retirement from a life of hard and rewarding work as a waitress. She was a creative woman who spent her free time reading all the classics. Her book collection was a source of pride. Anyone who borrowed one of her books knew how much she valued her collection. Her film collection was even greater. A thorough film buff, her collection consisted of over 300 DVDs. Linda was especially fond of the Golden Age of cinema. Betty Davis was a particular favorite and Linda owned a copy of every one of her films. She discovered needlepoint and diamond dots in recent years. Her home was adorned with works of her own creation. Linda loved animals and took sweet care of her cats. She was also a generous patron of numerous charitable causes
Even as her fixed income was spread ever more thin, she always found enough to share with her favorite charities. Among these were: the Humane Society, Saint Jude's Children Hospital, and Saint Joseph's Indian School.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are respectfully requested to St. Joseph's Indian School at stjo.org. St. Joseph's Indian School, 1301 North Main Street, Chamberlain, SD 57325. To send messages of condolence to Linda's family, please visit myers-baker.com