Linda Diane Daffin
November 16, 1955 ‒ November 15, 2020
Linda D. Daffin, age 64, of Westerville, and formerly of Franklin, Indiana, passed away Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus after a hard-fought battle with COVID.
Linda was born on November 16, 1955, in Greenwood, Indiana to Harry L. Kidwell and Lillian E. (Slaughter) Kidwell.
During her years at Center Grove High School, she was active in Swing Mates (a traveling choir group), cross country, and was very involved in volunteer work throughout the community. She graduated from Center Grove High School in the class of 1974. Linda then attended Indiana University where she earned a degree in EEG Technology. She went on to pass The American Board of Registration of Electroencephalographic Technologists in October of 1980. Soon after graduating from Center Grove, she married Michael Daffin of Indianapolis, Indiana. They resided in Indiana until 1981 when Mike received a job offer to move the family to Westerville, Ohio.
For approximately 20 years, Linda worked as a Registered EEG Tech and neurodiagnostic clinical educator for Ohio Health. She inspired and educated many generations with her passion for EEG. She was instrumental in the planning and design of the neuroscience tower at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Per the neurodiagnostic department, Linda was a, “wonderful human being and a matriarch of our epilepsy department…she knew the right way an EEG should be performed, and could interpret EEG’s with the best of them! She shared her knowledge with kindness and grace, and treated everyone like family.” Linda truly loved the people that she worked with and helping patients.
Linda was an active member of Westerville Community United Church of Christ (WCUCC) for over 30 years. She and Mike were amongst the 2nd charter members. A notable contribution to the church is a Peace pole that stands at the entrance. It was given to WCUCC for the work Linda did on organizing and planning a Peace Bible School that was hosted at WCUCC for other churches. She also acted as a deacon, was involved in Christian education, was a trustee, was on the parish life committee, taught Sunday School, and involved in Bible study. You could also count on Linda to be the “go-to” decorator for all of the church events and holidays!
Sports enthusiast extraordinaire – Linda not only loved to watch sports but play sports! From softball to soccer to golf, and even go cart racing, she was a force to be reckoned with! IU basketball (Go Hoosiers!) and Alabama football (Roll Tide!) were amongst her favorite teams to cheer for! She also enjoyed going to the movies – don’t forget the popcorn! – and was an avid reader (her favorite, Tom Clancy).
Linda was very creative and took great pleasure in turning her home into holiday wonderlands! Christmas was truly magical at her house. Part of what made her house a home was she always made people feel welcome and invited, like you could kick your shoes off, put your feet up on the couch, and stay a while!
Most of all, she was proudest of her children – Ashley, who earned degrees in nursing and art, and Chad who earned a degree in athletic training with a minor in sports psychology.
Linda, will be greatly missed by her children, Chad and Ashley Daffin of Westerville, her mother, Lillian E. (Slaughter) Kidwell of Franklin, Indiana; her brothers, Ryan Kidwell of Wilmington, Delaware, Harry Kidwell of Greenwood, Indiana, and Sherry Hensley (Thomas) of Franklin, Indiana. Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Michael L. Daffin; father, Harry L. Kidwell; and her sister, Connie Nitsch.
Family and friends may call on Thursday, November 19, 2020, from 5-7pm, at Westerville Community United Church of Christ (770 County Line Rd., Westerville 43081) where her funeral service will be held at 11am on Friday, November 20, 2020.
If you are unable to attend, the service will be live at: https://tinyurl.com/Daffin21
*WWLD* What Would Linda Do: We would like to encourage people that can’t attend to PLEASE write either a memory or condolence below. They will be printed and present at the funeral for others to read, so you can be there without “being there!”
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DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Daffin family. Memories of Linda and condolences may be posted at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.