Linda Jean (Givens) Ralston
September 11, 1946 ‒ July 01, 2017
Formerly of Pineville, Kentucky
Linda Jean (Givens) Ralston, age 70, of Sunbury and formerly of Pineville, Kentucky went to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 1, 2017.
She was born on September 11, 1946 in Pineville, Kentucky the daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Hendrickson) Givens.
Shortly after graduation from Bell County High School Linda married Jack Ralston in September of 1964. Linda loved Jack dearly; as one family member put it, “the sun rose and set with Jack”. They loved to travel, taking many trips to Gatlinburg, but her favorite vacation destination was Jamaica.
After Jack’s death in 2006, ever a devoted daughter, Linda stayed in Kentucky caring for her ailing mother, Helen but eventually moved to Ohio to live with her son, John due to her own failing health.
She was a member of West Pineville Baptist Church where she held many roles including, choir member, vacation bible school volunteer, janitor, and Sunday School teacher, her favorite being the 3rd grade girls. Linda loved the Lord and was a faithful and devoted servant to her Savior.
She had a colorful personality and a of love people. Those traits reflected in her bold outfits, unique jewelry selections, and her many friends both in Kentucky and at Countryview in Sunbury.
Linda also loved pampering herself with trips to the beauty shop to get a pedicure or have her hair done. She loved shopping and was a collector of “stuff”.
Her family spoke in wonder about her cooking and baking. They will never forget her pumpkin rolls and her chicken and dumplings.
Her talents also extended into the written word. Linda enjoyed poetry and would often write using beautiful calligraphy.
You cannot mention Linda without speaking of her family. Throughout her life she was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. Those close to her will forever be grateful for her love and warmth.
She will be missed by her sons and their wives Jeff and Angela of Knoxville, Tennessee and John and Melody of Sunbury, Ohio; four grandchildren Todd Ralston, Gavin (Dana) Ralston, Taylor (Nick) Snyder, Zach Ralston; great grandson James Gillum; brother and their wives Carl Jr. and Violet Givens of Harriman, Tennessee and Doyle and Jes’Anne Givens of Pineville, Kentucky; and last but not least, her canine companion, Coco the Pekapoo.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Jack in 2006.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 3 PM at the West Pineville Baptist Church, 320 5th St, Pineville, Kentucky 40977. Burial will follow at Green Hills Memorial Gardens in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Friends may call on the family from 2 PM until the time of the service.
The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Linda’s family. Special memories and condolences can be expressed to them at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Linda’s name can be named to West Pineville Baptist Church or Genoa Baptist Church in Westerville.