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On May 2, 2016 we said goodbye to our earthly angel, Linda Kay Bear Graves. Although we now weep for her absence we also rejoice in her abundant life. Linda, 70, is preceded in death by her father James Elden Bear and her husband of 38 years, Roy Dean Graves. She is survived by her mother Wilma Bear of Waldo, Kansas; one son, Terry Graves and Deana of Paoli, Okla.; and two daughters, Janette Cornett and Joe Garrison of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Shawna Graves of Ada, Okla., as well as 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers, Richard Bear and Roxsann of Spring, Texas, and David Bear and Patty of Waldo, Kansas; and one sister Debbie Garrett and Dave of Olathe, Kansas. Linda was born in Waldo, Kansas on April 20, 1946. She was one of three members of the last graduating class of Waldo High School in 1964. Linda met her husband while attending classes at Fort Hays State College in Hays, Kansas. She married Roy Dean Graves on June 5, 1966 in Waldo. Linda worked a number of jobs throughout her life. Her most recent included cooking at Colonial Nursing Home in Pauls Valley, Okla., as well as working the shoe departments at K-Mart and Goody’s in Paris, Texas. Her most beloved job and her passion, however, was that of wife, mother, and grandmother. For many years Linda faithfully followed her husband and the oil field throughout the central United States. Although, they were at times, faced with difficult obstacles there was never a day that her children and grandchildren did not feel her love and complete devotion. Linda was a cook, seamstress, Booster club mom, cheerleading mom, basketball mom, scout mom, soccer grandma, genealogist, teacher, gardener, counselor, and friend. Her love for her family was endless. Services for Linda will be held at Stufflebean-Coffey Chapel of Remembrance in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. She will be laid to rest at a later date, among family, at Cole Cemetery in Waldo, Kansas. Memorial services are under the direction of the Stufflebean-Coffey Funeral Home in Pauls Valley, Oklahoma. We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the family’s guestbook at www.stufflebeanfuneralhome.com.
Published on  May 5, 2016
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