Linda Jolene LaFave


Linda Jolene LaFave, 56, passed away suddenly, on February 1, 2011 at her home in Warrensburg, Missouri. The Memorial Celebration will be at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 19, at Saint Mark’s Catholic Church, 3736 South Lee’s Summit Road Independence, Missouri.

Linda was born October 20, 1954, to James and Ellen LaFave, in Sioux City, Iowa.  She worked hard and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education, with honors; focus on Special Needs children, from University of Central Missouri at Warrensburg. Her love of children and their education equality was her incentive.

Her life was full of many loved interests – quilting, raising Himalayans’, birds, dogs and all things created by God. She never missed the joy of a child, a flower and taking care of those she loved. She had great fun hunting for “treasures” at any garage, thrift or antique sale; with many a successful discovery.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father. Linda is survived by love of her life, Michael Lane, her sons, Scott Wade and Joseph Hudson; sister and brother; Debbie (Jesse) Aceves and Andy Craig; niece Kim (Geoff) Heaton and her two sons – Joshua Smith and Dakota Heaton, and four brothers.  She is also survived by all of Michael’s loving family who welcomed her into their hearts as one of their own. She is also survived by her friends for life; Mary K. Johnston and Annette Shipley and families and her “fur babies”; dogs; Doc and Buttons; cats; Freddie and Menew.

She Is Gone – David Harkins

You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back or you can open your eyes and see all she has left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her and only that she’s gone or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.


  1. domenic on February 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

    she was a very good grandma to. i loved her very much, she bought me books and read them to me. I will miss you grandma linda

  2. Mary K Johnston on February 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    My dear friend
    It is not good-bye;but,ciao for now.
    We had some big fun and I choose to remember you – between the dashes – of your life.
    You filled everyone’s heart with your smile, love and acceptance.
    God should make you the greeter; because of your smile. Or the animals Mom, as you loved them all.
    I love you – BFF
    Mary K Johnston
    May her memory be eternal

  3. Rhonda Stock on February 14, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    I loved Linda. She was a passionate person and was always happy, I loved her laugh and to this day my little parrot Gypsy imitates Linda’s laugh! My little girl Gwen loved Linda as well and has many books Linda gave her that Linda also signed her name in, Gwen and I will always treasure the books. Linda is with God now and watching over all of us. And I know she had some nice pictures to take with her. I will always hold her in my heart.

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