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Linda M. Roth

December 27, 2014

Dear God,
You have called home our mother, Linda, to be with you and we just want to say thank you. She arrived in this world on August 23rd , 1938 as Linda Marion Craig to parents who never fully appreciated the unique beauty she was, never fully appreciated the gift you gave them. But you are good and wise and you brought John (Jack) Roth into her life. From the time they were married on October 10th, 1959, Linda’s life became full of blessings, each like a square on a quilt. Together they created seven children; Kelly, Patrick, Mary, Terrence, Andrew, Kathleen and Bridget. You blessed them with experiences that brought them great joy and blessed them with challenges that made them stronger as a couple. When you called our dad home in November of 1995, Mom lost her partner, her anchor, her true love. But her quilt wasn’t finished; you continued to bless her by letting her discover how strong and independent a woman she was. She was always ‘Fixin to go’ and you blessed her with adventures that allowed her to see new country, encounter new people, and experience life that provided stories for the years to come. Squares were added and her quilt grew.

In her life, she saw Kelly marry John Pecoraro, Mary marry Doug Raymond, and Andy marry Laurie Gonzales and through them you blessed her with the gift of grandchildren; Providence, Justin, Michael, Lindsey, David, Sara and Johnathon. You later blessed her with the joy of being G.G. to Tiyanna, Tori and Trenton. A few years ago, you blessed her by bringing Pat into her life; a sister she didn’t know she had. Squares were added and her quilt grew.

In the last couple of years, her heath declined, her mobility diminished, and her travels stopped. Through this she maintained an attitude of optimism and perseverance. She stitched on. You shined through her and many were touched. You filled her life with family, friends and caregivers that brought her hope, encouragement and support. Squares were added and her quilt grew.

Now the quilt is complete. Thank you for delivering her from the illness and pain of an Earthly existence. We know that you have accepted her into your kingdom, welcoming her with your love, your comfort, and your peace. Thank you for the life that was Linda Marion Craig Roth. In blessing her you blessed us.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys. Linda will lie in state after 2:00 Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Piper Funeral Home where there will be a Celebration of Life Service at 7:00 P.M. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the St. Marys Food Pantry, The St. Marys Historical Society or Johnson Cancer Research Center at KSU and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St., St. Marys, Kansas 66536. Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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21 thoughts on “Linda M. Roth

  1. To all of Linda’s loved ones, I’m so sorry to read this just now that Linda has passed! She was such a lovely beautiful kind soul!! I can still hear her infectious laugh she always had! Such a sweet, sweet loving woman!! I’m blessed to have known her! In Jesus love & prayers to you all, Ruth

  2. i was sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. She & I had hair appointments together at Charlotte’s Hair Studio. She was always fun to visit with. You daughters wrote such a nice tribute for Linda. Wonderful job!
    Our Love, Prayers and Sympathy,

    Joe & Pauline Conley
    Delia, KS

  3. We enjoyed having the chance to visit with her. Kennedy and I both will miss her smile and seeing Scooby. She was a wonderful person.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a joy to be around! She taught me a lot about sewing. I enjoyed the last few years when she was building her new home and getting CWP cabinets. We had sweet visits over the phone and when she stopped in the office. I will miss her calling me Susie.

  5. To Linda’s family so sorry to hearing of her passing. Linda was a customer of mine when I worked at JC Penny’s.I always enjoyed talking with her when she came into Penny’s shopping. May God watch over her and may she rest in peace.

  6. Our prayers are with all of you. What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful person. We have appreciated our friendship with your parents. It was great fun to see Linda recently at the 190th reunion this fall – great conversation and spirit. We will miss her as we miss John.

  7. Dear Roth family,
    My mother informed me today that Linda is gone. I pray for your comfort and understanding in your loss. God is always challenging us and hopefully we all come away stronger for it and with a deeper faith. That is how we grow. You have many family and friends for support. Use them when needed. I have many memories of the farm house and river adventures. Thank-you for that. God Bless and keep you in his care.
    Aileen Delforge (Bansemer)

  8. Roth family,
    Sending sympathy to you all. I last saw your mother in 2008 at the Indian pay station museum. She was so friendly.

    Sharon Matthews

  9. I send all my deepest sympathies to the Roth Clan. Linda was a very special person. i know how she always made the best of the worst of times and then really made the best of the best of times. I have many memories of her and her hugs. She was a great friend to my mom. True friends are a blessing. Your tribute is amazing. I send you my love and condolences, as well as hugs all around.

  10. I extend my deep sympathy to all of you….Linda was special, she will be deeply missed. God bless and keep you all….
    love you kids……Charlotte Kling

  11. I will always remember the great kindness and cards your Mom sent me during very difficult moments in my life. She is a true person who you did not have to guess about much. She was and will always be an inspiration and good things to think about. My best to all of her family members, she will be missed.

  12. To Kelly, Mary, Terry, Andy, and Katy,
    Linda was a wonderful lady. All the fun times we had playing in the back yard, such a blast after 4-H sewing meetings etc. No matter what,she kept her chin up and a smile to go with it. So sorry for your loss, lots of prayers
    Dan, Gerry Lou, Michaela, Shaina, and Brianna

  13. To all the Roth clan,

    You have our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. What a beautiful tribute. May she rest in peace.

    Dale, Shelly, Ezra & Eliza Rezac

  14. Andy I am so sorry for the loss of your mom! Although I hadn’t seen your mom in years , I remember that she had the nicest smile! Sending prayers to all that the Lord will strengthen and comfort you!

  15. I am sorry I did not have the pleasure of meeting this beautiful lady. What a beautiful tribute to this amazing woman. A handmade quilt is a treasure no one can duplicate and it will carry forth down through the generations

  16. What a wonderful tribute. I’ll always remember how she made me feel like I was one of her own. I don’t believe she ever knew a stranger. Her smile, her laugh, her sense of humor will always linger in my memory. I remember how she and your dad would share their gifts of woodworking and sewing at craft shows. You see, I am one of the lucky recipients of one of her beautiful tree skirts. Every Christmas as the tree goes up and I pull out the box in which I keep it tucked away, and put around the tree, I have had the good fortune of and will always have a piece of her with me. Thank you for sharing your mom with me. Love and prayers.

  17. Beautiful just beautiful. God bless each of you and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you each one. You mother was and still is a great inspiration to me and my family. She was and still is ONE OF A KIND…. There will NEVER be another Linda M. Roth…. EVER…..
    Linda, we will miss you so very much. Your witty ways and laughter will ring out in our hearts daily. My Mom will be so very happy to see you again. Please give her our love. You are once again healthy and happy and your family chain will link together again one day. And at that time the chain will NEVER be broken again. Thank you for being YOU….

  18. Thinking & prayers for all of you! Your mom made me smile everytime I saw her & thought of her. Such a beautiful person! I will miss her but know I will smile evertime I remember her.

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