Linda Strong

WILMINGTON—Linda Strong (nee Barbour), 71, of Wilmington, passed away Monday, Oct. 28, 2019 at her home.
Born Oct. 22, 1948 in Joliet, Linda Sue was a daughter of Crum and Thelma (nee Hill) Barbour. She was raised and educated in Wilmington, and graduated from Wilmington High School with the class of 1966. On March 2, 1968, she married Robert W. Strong, and together they would make their home and raise their family in Wilmington.
Following high school, she briefly worked in Chicago for Northwest Airlines, but then she would serve as secretary at Island City Piping, Inc. for over 25 years. Linda’s main priority was her family. She was a selfless caretaker whose children and grandchildren always came before her own needs and wants. Linda cherished her role as a mother and grandmother, and was undoubtedly the heart and soul of the Strong family. Her kind and warm presence will be dearly missed by her family, friends, as well as the local birds and squirrels whom she always had food for in her feeders.
Survivors include her three children: Alesha (Brian) Boyer, Christopher (Elizabeth) Strong and Jason (Bridget) Strong, all of Wilmington; nine grandchildren: Gwen Boyer, Alex Boyer, Veronica Boyer, Emma Grace Strong, Aubrey Strong, Colin Strong, Brodie Strong, Emilie Strong, and Scarlet Strong; one brother, Mike (Nancy) Barbour, of Wilmington; two sisters, Kay (the late Doc) Richards, of Diamond and Judith (Joe) Midlock, of Joliet; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Randy (Donna) Strong, of Joliet and Roy Strong, of Wilmington; Billie (Clifford) Cragg, of Alabama; Ret. Col. Virginia (Jim) Penrod, USAF, of Virginia; SaraJane “Linda” (the late John) Weilmuenster, of Decatur and Lyla (John) Girsch, of Chillicothe, IL as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Robert Strong on September 24, 2013.
Per Linda’s wishes, cremation rites are being accorded, and the family will receive friends for a memorial visitation on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 E. Kahler Road, in Wilmington from 12 p.m. until time of memorial service at 4 p.m. A private inurnment will be held, where Linda will be laid to rest with her husband, Bob.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Linda’s name to the Wilmington School District Foundation for Excellence, 209u Wildcat Court, Wilmington, IL 60481 or to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main St., Wilmington, IL 60481.
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Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.