Linda Lee (McCullough) Caldwell

April 26, 1944 ‒ May 02, 2020

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Kenton, Ohio

Linda Lee (McCullough) Caldwell, age 76, of Marion, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 2, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family following a six month battle with cancer.

On April 26, 1944, Linda was born in Kenton, Ohio, the oldest of four children of the late Clifford and Wanda (Carey) McCullough.  She was raised in Marion, Ohio, where she graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1962.

After high school, Linda was set up on a blind date with Walter Caldwell by mutual friends and classmates.  From there, the rest was history.  They were married on April 5, 1964, at Salem United Church of Christ.  Together they shared fifty six wonderful years of marriage, and lovingly raised two children: Richard and Cathy.

For twenty two years, Linda worked as a clerical secretary for the Alloy Cast Steel Company in Marion, starting in high school and returning after taking a ten plus year break to care for her children as a loving homemaker.  She left Alloy to start her second career of being “Grandma” and to care for her parents in their final years.

Linda walked through life as a woman of deep faith in Christ.  She was an active member of the Trinity Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and supported all of their ministries however she could.  She especially loved serving in Martha’s Circle in the church, and was instrumental in helping to organize their soup kitchen.  She also had been a Girl Scout leader for many years.

Linda loved exercising her gift of service to others.  She was very purposeful with everything she did.  She loved to cook and bake, always making way too much so she could share it with her family and friends.  She was famous for her needlework, always making thoughtful gifts, such as stockings for all of her daughter, Cathy’s students, when she was teaching in China.  She had a gift for planning and organizing events, finding a way to make everything special and meaningful.

Having a deep appreciation for nature, Linda loved relaxing and enjoying the beauty of flowers and the many birds that would visit.  She looked forward to annual trips with her family to Marblehead and the shores of Lake Erie, with her favorite view coming from the lighthouse.

Linda felt blessed to have been raised by a wonderful role model, her mother, Wanda.  She overflowed with love and encouragement for her family and friends, just like her mother.  She learned to be gracious and patient, even in her times of suffering and pain.

“Known for her smile and hugs,” Linda had a way of quickly turning acquaintances into loving friendships.  She had a “quick wit and a knack for telling stories, making even the most serious stories into the funniest of stories.”  She was a “good and faithful servant,” who loved to share her faith.  She truly was the best wife, mother, and grandmother her family could have ever asked for.

She will be dearly missed by her beloved husband, Walter Caldwell; two children: Richard (Elizabeth Ann) Caldwell, and Cathy (Jim) Caldwell-Hughes; three grandchildren: Zachary (Brieanna) Caldwell, Timothy (Kara) Calwell, and Matthew Caldwell; two step-granddaughters: Anna and Abigail Hughes; one great-granddaughter: Allahni Minor; three siblings: Wayne McCullough, Robert (Milly) McCullough, and Nancy Sias; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her grandson, Christopher Caldwell; and a sister-in-law, Jan McCullough.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Trinity Baptist Church (address below), where everyone is encouraged to honor safe practices of social distancing and wearing a mask.  Services honoring her life will be livestreamed via the Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH/) at 10:30 am on Friday, with Pastor Daniel McCoy officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Trinity Baptist Church, 220 S. Main St., Marion, OH 43302.

On behalf of her family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to everyone with OhioHealth Hospice, and to all of her “brothers and sisters in Christ.”

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, are honored to serve Linda’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • To the Caldwell and McCullough families: The loss of this precious lady is a huge loss to many who are left here on the earth but we can be so thankful of the beautiful impact she had not only on her family but her church friends and all who had the privilege of knowing and loving her. Her beautiful unselfish spirit and her love for her family and others will be missed but believers will know that someday, in God’s timing, we will be with her again in heaven. These words are from a beautiful hymn titled “Because He Lives.” Linda’s deep faith and her love for the Lord prepared her to accept this verse: “And then one day I’ll cross the river; I’ll fight Life’s final war with pain; and then, as death gives way to victory, I’ll see the lights of glory and I’ll know He lives.” God bless each and every one of you as you face the difficult days ahead. May God provide you with comfort and peace.

  • Linda, was an unforgettable friend, that I was blessed to know. God be with you Walt, Richard, Cathy and rest of family, your all in my prayers.😇😇

  • Aunt Linda was someone very special to me. She was very strong in her faith and I always looked up to her. She was one of the people who helped me deal with my grief when I lost my mom. We had several talks where she shared her faith with me and prayed with me. I will miss so many things about her, but I will miss her hugs most of all. Aunt Linda was an angel sent from Heaven who will be missed by all who knew her. I look forward to the day when we will see her again in God’s house.

  • My sympathy for all who knew her, and particularly the family… I never met Linda, but I know her daughter, Cathy… And in knowing Cathy, I see Linda’s legacy of service, purpose, and love. I only wish I could have seen Linda in action providing the smiles and joy that many of you know first-hand. My heartfelt prayers remain with you as you grieve and celebrate.

  • Cathy , Jim and the Caldwell family – I’m so sorry for your loss and I pray for peace and comfort for all of you. Linda was always, ALWAYS smiling and I will most certainly miss that beautiful smile, those warm hugs and now the empty pew where I could look up from the piano and see her smiling and praising God as she worshiped. What a beautiful person inside and out. Her devotion to helping others was incredible and in the short time that I have been at TBC, she always made me feel like family. Linda, you will be missed but the legacy you created will live forever.

  • Cathy, Jim and the Caldwell family,
    I am so very sorry for your loss. I have been and will continue praying for peace and comfort for you all.

  • Our sincere sympathies on the loss of your sweet wife.
    Ben and Peggy Simmons 🙏🏻❤️

  • Our deepest condolences on the loss of Linda. She was our classmate at Harding High School and even then she showed kindness to all those around her and,yes, she always had a smile for all. Heaven just called home another angel. Walt, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sis (Lilly Bogart) and Tom Dallas.

  • Walt andFamily,

    Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to hold in your hearts.

  • We’re so very sorry for your loss. The Caldwell’ and the Thorpe’s go back 40 plus years. So many great memories. We did a lot of laughing and some crying. Linda and I started a friendship that never got old. She was like a sister from another mother to me. Shawn nicknamed her Rocky! Won’t reveal why Lol. Shawn and I will miss her dearly. May God bless Walt, Richard, Cathy and their families. Shawn and Deb (DT) Thorpe.

  • Walter I am so sorry for your loss, God bless you and all of your family. Linda was a wonderful person.
    With much love..Connie Poling

  • Walt,Richard and Cathy, we are so sorry to hear this about Linda. She was a great person and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are you and your family.

  • Walt,Richard & Cathy
    We are truly sorry for your loss. Myself personally will miss her positive attitude, which I know came from her faith in our savior. I long for the day that I can worship alongside her when we meet our savior face to face.

  • Linda is blessed to be with the Lord. Those of us still here on earth will miss her smile and warmth. We sent hugs to Walt and their children,

  • If I become only half the woman of God that Linda was, I will be very thankful. God in her is how she lived her life. Love her and look forward to a hug from her when I get to Heaven 💚

  • Linda’s faith, love and joy was something to be treasured! What a blessing to so many and an inspiration. We look forward to seeing her again and pray blessings on the Caldwell family.

  • What a beautiful video of Linda’s life! A life full of love and joy – a life well lived. Her loss will be felt deeply by all of us – my deepest sympathy for you and continued prayers for her family and friends.

  • Linda will be missed by so many she has touched over the years by her kindness, goodness and wonderful friendship she shared. My profound sympathy goes out to
    Walter, the McCullough and Caldwell family. My thoughts and prayers ask to keep you in God’s loving arms and help you thru the days ahead. I can not express how deeply I am sadden for your loss.
    Sue(Bollinger) Repine and family

  • Our heartfelt sympathy to you all. What a loving mother and proud parent we had the joy of knowing. May the beautiful memories you shared comfort you in the days ahead. Keeping you in our thoughts and hearts, Denise and Gary Iams

  • Walt, the song “I can Only imagine” comes to mind. However when I think of the strong faith Linda had it is not hard to imagine at all. I can imagine her looking into Jesus’s face and whispering wow these really are streets of gold. The wonderful journey you and Linda took together being there for each other, all the dreams you have seen come true, a life full of surprises and challenges these are the unforgettable moments that last a life time. Even though our Marion gang could not be there in person this morning we were there on the live feed. Keeping you and your family in prayer during this difficult day.

  • Walt, Richard, and Cathy
    I just learned of the passing of Linda.
    I have fond memories of her kind, soft-spoken demeanor .
    I am truly sorry to hear that she is no longer with us, but happy that she is no longer dealing with life’s earthly disease and pain, and sitting with the Lord our God in heaven, rejoicing the wonderful life she led.
    Thinking of you !!
    Shawn

  • Walt and family. Just learned of Linda’s passing. I am so sorry. May you find peace in knowing that heaven has a new angel. I knew Linda many years ago while working at Alloy. She was a great friend and confident. And more recently we would see her at Perkins on Tuesday nites. She will be missed by so many lives she has touched.