Linda Sue (Shelby) Lyons of Waco passed away on October 26, 2021 at the age of 79.
Linda was born September 12, 1942 in Waco, Texas, to Everett and Lena Belle Shelby. She attended schools in Waco and graduated from Waco High School in 1960. In 1966, Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Baylor University with majors in French, German and English. During her teaching career, she taught high school English, French and Special Education briefly in Dallas then Waco. In 1975, Linda obtained her Masters of Science in Education from Baylor and then began her career as an Educational Diagnostician with Rio Brazos Education Coop until her retirement in 2006.
Linda was soft spoken, kindhearted, and extremely generous. She was a talented artist who loved to paint, sew, quilt, and make stained-glass art. She also played the piano and guitar. In her younger years, Linda enjoyed bowling and water skiing. Linda loved all animals, especially cats, recusing many of them into her loving home. She volunteered at the McLennan County Zoo and Waco Animal Birth Control Clinic.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents Everett and Lena Belle Shelby, and her brothers Everett Shelby Jr and Edward Shelby. Linda is survived by her daughter Diana Waggoner and husband Mark, grandchildren Blake Waggoner and Blaine Waggoner, nephew Everett Shelby III and wife Stacie, niece Erin Williams and husband Chad.
If you so desire and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fuzzy Friends Rescue, 6321 Airport Red, Waco, TX 76701, any Humane Society, or the American Cancer Society.
You can view Linda’s Memorial Service and Tribute Video by clicking here.
Pictures of Linda during Fun Times
Tim Lasseter Latta: I am still shocked and certainly saddened. So glad she is at peace and out of the misery that has been in her life. I will miss her in that we corresponded some. She was a dear person.
Bill Alexander: Linda and I dated our senior year. She was beautiful, smart, quiet, and observant. She was kind, though there was a tough no-nonsense core. Her passing is a loss to all of us.
Betty Luedeker Gatlin: At least Linda is not suffering anymore. She has tried so hard. God bless her daughter.
Linda Phelps McKee: I am so sorry about Linda. She was such a sweet and unassuming person and fought so hard. She will be remembered with only good thoughts.
Tommye Ruth Blair Toler: Bless Linda’s soul. She did fight long and hard. She just had too much to overcome.
Bev Murphy Wells: Sadly, I’m not surprised about Linda even though she fought a tough battle. Her frail body did the best it could under the circumstances. She was tired and it was time to rest. It’s sad to say goodbye to all these dear souls who impacted our lives in one way or another.
Susan Harkness Hill: SO SORRY to hear about Linda
Clara Sue Griffis Arnsdorff: So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She fought long and hard.
Charlotte Suttle Kleibrink: Sorry to hear about Linda Shelby
im Monnig: So sorry about Linda Shelby. It sounds that she was very tough and brave. So many memories of people when they were 5 or 6 years old
Gwen Ewing Hodges: Heartbreaking / she will always be remembered. Condolences to all who loved her.