Linda Diane Daffin

November 16, 1955 ‒ November 15, 2020

Westerville, Ohio

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 DoWe 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!”

In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to the below charities:

www.Louisvilleweimrescue.com

www.epilepsy.com

DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Daffin family.  Memories of Linda and condolences may be posted at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.

  • You were loved by many and made such an amazing impact on so many lives! We will make sure Chad and Ashley are loved and looked after! Thank you for making such amazing children to spread your love to the world.

  • Linda and Mike were among the first people to welcome our family when we started at WCUCC more than 25 years ago. Linda’s soft warmth, beautiful smile, kind words and gracious heart invited us in, and her lovely traits stayed a prominent fixture in the Church and Westerville over the years. I hope Chad and Ashley feel the love that everyone has for Linda and that it carries them through this most difficult of times. Prayers for everyone close to the loss of this wonderful woman.

  • Linda and Mike are very dear friends of mine for 37 years. One of the most compassionate people I have ever met. We had worked together all of those years at many healthcare facilities in all most every Columbus hospitals EEG departments. We shared a love of healthcare and very much enjoyed being able to do it together. We have so many wonderful memories, we got each other through many things.
    We always knew the other one had our back,we finished each other’s sentences. I can’t imagine life now without her in it. Her loss is a huge deficit in anyone’s life who had the pleasure to know her.
    It wasn’t supposed to go this way we had plans for retirement to share our bucket lists. The world was a better place with her in it however God had bigger plans for her. Knowing Linda she will fulfill whatever Gods plans for her are with a smile and eager passionate approach as she did here on earth.
    I miss my friend my life has been enriched by her presence and has left a void that can’t be replaced.
    God Bless you my dear friend you will always be in my heart and soul until we see each other again.
    Save me a place at the table with you and Mike.
    Love you,
    Munchkin / Sandy

  • I remember Linda from Columbus Academy days. Ashley was in my son’s ( Scott) class of 2000.
    I always enjoyed her company. She was an intelligent , bright, welcoming person.
    Sincere condolences and prayers for all who loved her.
    Shirley and Alan Tallis

  • We are so sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. She was always a kind, loving, gracious and very positive person. She always made us feel right at home whenever we were with her.
    Our deepest sympathy to Chad and Ashley. May you feel and rely on God’s perfect peace.
    Love, Paul and Joan Nowell

  • My condolences go out to Chad, Ashley, Mrs Eileen Kidwell, Sherry Hensley, and Ryan Kidwell, my best friend for the past 40 years. The things I remember most about Linda was the love she had for her family. I believe she got that from her Mother. The whole family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda was a very sweet and special person, hard working and a good friend, always sharing her knowledge, she will be missed, glad I met her and had good conversations.
    RIH, Linda…love Emanuel and Family

  • Linda was not only a skilled technician, but a wonderful person. She contributed so much to the development of the epilepsy unit of the Neuroscience Center at OhioHealth Riverside Hospital. I mourn her loss and send sincere sympathy to her family , friends, and colleagues.
    Janet Bay, MD

  • I’ve known Linda for 20 years or more. We shared good and bad times together. She was always someone I could count on to be there. She helped me out in the OR suites at Riverside Hospital, I knew she always had my back, was always supportive and generious with her knowledge. The last time we talked, I encouraged her to go ahead and retire, but you know Linda, she loved what she did. I will miss her. It’s still hard to beleive she’s gone. However, she will forever live in my memory. Love you Linda!!!!!! Chad and Ashley you will remain in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda was truly one of a kind. Her kindness, care, and excitement for life was beyond anything I have ever known. She was truly like another mother to everyone in the EEG department. She watched over all of us and provided so much support through all of life’s ups and downs to each one of us. She was the first one to be there to celebrate the good things and the first one to reach out with open arms during bad times. You will truly be missed by all that have gotten the opportunity to know you. Knowing you though, this is not a time to be sad but rather to celebrate all your accomplishments, all the good times, and to celebrate your life. My thoughts and prayers go out to Linda’s family. Just know you now have a guardian angel to watch over you from above. You will always know she is with you standing by you just like she was in life. May you Rest In Peace Linda. Till we meet again in heaven some day.

  • After I completed my orientation at Ohio Health, Linda was the first person I met from the EEG department. We met, and had lunch together, I could tell right off how much passion she had, not only for the job, but for life in general, we talked for hours, and i could tell this lady her act together. Linda was always there with answers to questions i had, and always took time to explain those answers in detail. Linda, you could say was the matriarch of the Electroneurodignostic Department she knew the what’s, where’s, how’s, and why’s, of every function of the department. Linda will truly be missed by everyone that has crossed paths with her. Her spirit, her dedication, her love of life, and her friendship is something that i will always cherish. Prayers for you Linda, and your family.

  • I remember the day I interviewed for my job. Linda was running a bit late because she had a surgery case. She rushes in with a big smile on her face and gave me a warm welcome. And the last conversation I had with her was the day before I left for my hiking trip. She was amazed I hiked alone with my dog. What I will miss the most….her laugh. Gosh I miss that laugh. It was contagious. I know we are all feeling pain but one day we will laugh again thinking of fond memories.

  • We knew Linda as the partner in Mike and Linda starting when they first came to town through the rest of the 1980’s. Then life took us on separate paths to the present. Looking back on those few years of intense personal friendship was like having spent a lifetime with this high on life couple from Indiana. Our children babysat Chad and Ashley, we recreated and socialized and merged their friends with ours. We did business together weaving our lives with theirs professionally and personally. These two Hoosiers, Linda with her gifts for gracious hospitality and inclusiveness and Mike with his charismatic zeal for life had a profound impact on our family through our brief close relationship that positively impacted us in the short and in the long term as much as any of our adult relationships.
    Inspite of how much our families cared for one another, I doubt that Linda and Mike ever realized nor would have acknowledged their influence on us thinking it was mutual. Mike”s untimely death and, now, Linda’s shocking death prevented my personal expression of appreciation and gratitude to your parents, Ashley and Chad, so I am saying it to you as their closest beneficiaries of love and talent!
    Thank you Linda and Mike and as we attended the IU-OSU game with Karen 34 seasons ago this Saturday, I will be celebrating our special friendship while watching it, remotely, with you three!

  • Linda always had a smile on her face and would light up any room she entered. She was always passionate about her patients and co-workers, even those who were not part of the EEG department. Linda set an example for all of us everyday through her actions and words. Her smile will be greatly missed at Riverside.

  • We are going to miss seeing Linda on holidays. Over the past few years we all gathered for 🎄 Chrismas, mothers day. We also went to the Hartford fair in 2019. She watched the tractor pulls to the end!! Chad and Ashley you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Your mom was such a lovely person. Me and John will always treasure the memories of our dinners together. More were to follow… God bless your family. Heidi and John Derck

  • I knew Linda as a very kind and thoughtful person, always having a smile for others. I did not realize the extent of her talents and am pleased to learn of them now. I’m praying for you, Chad and Ashley, to be comforted by our great loving God as He carries you through these coming days, weeks and months. Sincerely, Dorothy

  • There is so much to say about the kindness and love Linda showed for everyone. She never met a stranger. Linda was the matriarch of our EEG department at Riverside. She was always ready and willing to help train and educate. Her laugh was contagious but what was even more contagious was her smile. She will be missed dearly. May you Rest In Peace Linda. Till we meet again.

    Love,
    Brandon, Elise and Kevin Beck

  • I only really knew Linda for 5 years, when I started supporting Neuro. She was great to work with and we ended up sharing an office together. Linda loved her job and her patients but she really lit up when talking about her family, especially her kids. She was an Alabama fan (Go UGA!) but she was a great human being! I’ll miss you Linda and my sincerest condolences to her family!

    With love,
    Deanna Case

  • We were so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Her accomplishments and contributions were impressive. She will be missed by many: a live taken too soon. Our prayers are with you and hope than fond memories bring comfort.
    Steve and Celisa Snyder

  • Chad and Ashley,

    Your mom meant the world to me and our family. One of our original church mom’s, she was the light who led our Sunday school lessons and always offered an extra cookie to us during coffee hour.

    In recent years, I would bump into her when I called on Riverside for work. She always greeted me and found 5-10 minutes to chat and catch up.

    She had the most beautiful smile and could light up a room with kind hearted greeting.

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear she has left us. I hope you both find peace and know your parents loved you more than anything, and are proudly watching over you both.

    May you find comfort during this trying time. You will continue to be in our prayers.

    All of our love,
    Lynley and Mike Ledger
    Danny Ledger

    And
    Linda and Dan Carey

  • I worked with Linda many years at Riverside while she monitored OR cases. She was very funny & helpful. She will be missed. My sincere condolences go to her family.

  • Twenty-five years ago Linda completed my first EEG when I was diagnosed with Epilepsy. Twenty years later when I joined the ranks of RMH Neurodiagnostics Linda was my first trainer, talk about the circle competing itself. During the time we shared an office space we had daily conversations about life, family, sports, politics … even my dumb dad jokes. Her personality, laugh and smile were and will always be infectious. I am thankful for the time I was given to get to know her outside of the job. Within the job she set the curve. Linda will be sorely missed by all those who knew her. Rest in Heaven Linda. I’m sure Mike was there to welcome you with open arms. Until we meet again …

  • I knew Linda and Mike from Columbus Academy, where our kids went together. Linda with mike was there with their kids and friends in all sports and activities. Such a caring and welcoming couple. Linda was smart, sweet and kind with beautiful smile all the time. The Bazerbashis’ sincere condolences to Mike, Chad and Ashley!

    Marwan, Rima, Samer, Iyad, Mohamad,
    And Ayman Bazerbashi

  • Linda not only was an amazing Neurodiagnostics tech, mother, teacher, but most of all friend. When I first started at Riverside, Linda and I had our differences. She was the matriarch of the EEG department and she was going to protect them with all her might. Once we both realized we had the best of intentions, our friendship blossomed into one that I will never forget. Her smile was contagious and her laugh infectious. It’s hard to image that she is no longer here, but I know she is in a better place and reunited with her husband Mike.

    My deepest sympathies and prayers to her family, especially Ashley and Chad during this trying time.

    Melissa Becker and Family

  • We are so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our lives crossed a long time ago when our daughters became friends. Linda and Mike both were wonderful people who cared deeply about their children. Our hearts and prayers go out to both Chad and Ashley. I hope all your wonderful family memories will keep you strong during this tough times. I know your mom and dad will be watching over you!

  • The world has lost a wonderful friend and neighbor but Heaven has gained an amazing angel! Linda was always there to lend a hand , often before we knew we needed one, and her kindness was legendary. Chad and Ashley-you are truly blessed to call her MOM..she will always be there in spirit for you.. Love from Lynn and the Kovach family.

  • When I tried to think of my favorite memory of Linda, one word kept coming to mind: family. That’s not limited to anyone named Daffin, either. Once you set foot in the Daffin house growing up you were typically offered a Diet Coke and/or something chocolate and you became part of the family too. Linda’s decorating skills gave Martha Stewart a run for her money but the house never felt artificial; it was always comfortable, real, and lived in. I especially loved her Thanksgiving door decorations each year. Linda and Mike were my role models for a strong and happy marriage and I am so thankful I had the chance to know them and learn from them.

    Ashley, Chad, and extended family members: I don’t have the words to express how sorry I am. I will continue to pray for you all during this time as well as remember the good times we had growing up.

  • Linda, although I have known you a short year since coming to Riverside, it was well enough time to know that you are simply one of a kind. Your compassion and kindness never went unseen. Your devotion and plethora of knowledge for our EEG department was unlike any other. You had a smile and laugh that lit up any room. You had made plans with me to help me pass my boards. Life and work was busy. You told me that you had no doubt I would pass. I’ll keep trying until I do. Until we meet again as Registered Techs.

  • I will deeply miss Linda! She was always our “go to” person for anything EEG ….anything you needed or asked about, Linda had the answer! She was such a wonderful person- full of grace and warmth. Patients loved her staff loved her. Her legacy will live on in the scores of techs she trained and thousands of patients she cared for. She would us all want us to celebrate her life- a very full life! I’m honored to have worked with her.

  • I suppose, grief is not a path that can be bypassed; it’s an unexpected cascade of treasured memories intertwined with feelings of incomplete, unexpressed emotions.

    Time is fleeting. But the impact Linda made within that time is eternal.

    Above all else, we are sentient beings, creatively adept-thinking animals, on this beautiful planet and were blessed with time to spend it with you, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and an adventure.

    An ode to Linda:
    Thank you for all the times you stayed late and woke up early, for somehow always knowing when too much heat was living on our skin.
    Thank you for your honesty.
    Thank you for the times you fought the hardest and sacrificed the most to keep the smiles glued to our faces.
    Thank you for the magic you kept spinning throughout our days.
    Thank you for your knowledge and wisdom.
    Thank you for the courage to smile through the tears.
    Thank you for your patience, perseverance and unyielding promise to protect us.
    Thank you for showing us the path to finding our own way- time was gentle enough for many of us to walk it with you.

    Thank you for the love, goodness—for the love and support that never stopped and came from somewhere only you have seen and know the location of- I hope you are there.

    Thinking of you always, Linda.

  • Linda was one of the most important people in my life for so many reasons. She was not only my partner at work, but a great friend. She helped me in so many ways both professionally and personally. Linda was such an influential figure to younger EEG techs and a true pioneer in our field. She truly cared about people and I can name countless examples of times where she put the needs of others in front of her own. To Ashley and Chad I am very sorry for your loss, but you should be so proud of your mother. I learned so much about you both in the 5 years that I knew Linda. She was so proud of you both for the people that you became. My heart is heavy for losing her, but I know that God gained a true angel. A piece of me is lost, but I will always have her spirit and her grit inside of me so help carry on her message. God Bless.

    Brian

  • Ashley – I am very sorry for your loss. Your mom and dad were always so kind, welcoming and supportive in high school. I loved having a second set of parents at our track meets! Sending my thoughts and prayers to you and Chad during this difficult time. My heart is with you.

  • Dear Sweet Linda, I was so very sad to hear the news of your passing. I appreciated your friendship While we grew up in the Center Grove community and our occasional texting as adults. I have fun memories of our time in SwingMates and those occasional skipping out at lunchtime to go to Dairy Queen. The CG class of 1974 was a better class because you were part of it. This is it goodbye but just “see you” for now and until we meet again.
    Jack L Russell

  • What an impressive, Christian life well lived. If only I can be half the person that Linda was. Her smile was infectious. What a wonderful service and I am sorry I couldn’t be there. Please know all of you are in my prayers and I hope all of your wonderful memories help you through these rough times. May God bless you and hold you in his arms.

  • thank you so much Linda for all you did to friends , department.
    I miss you so much and you are always in my heart.

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