Linda Louise Ashbaugh Cooney

September 14, 1950 ‒ January 16, 2015

Westerville, Ohio
Formerly of Mount Gilead, Ohio

Linda Louise Ashbaugh Cooney was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and began life with her family in nearby Park Ridge—a suburb of Chicago.  When she was still young her family moved to Rochester, New York.  Except for a brief stint in Cleveland, Ohio, she lived and worked in Rochester before she moved to Missouri in her thirties.  Jonathan and Linda found each other and the United Methodist ministry at a critical time in both their lives.  For more than thirty years they served churches together in Missouri, Ohio, and Massachusetts.  Her creativity and enthusiasm led some to think she was the real power behind the churches’ programming.  Often she was.  When Catherine came along the family became a kind of Three Musketeers serving, traveling, and learning together.  Linda earned a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the Ohio State University and a master of arts in theological studies (in Old Testament—for which she had to learn Hebrew) from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.  She loved jazz music when she was younger and once attended a James Brown concert as a teenager.  Her dream was to sing in a gospel choir.  She enjoyed reading.  She watched science fiction and action/adventure movies and was an expert on old films. She knitted and started prayer shawl ministries in several congregations.   In later years she became interested in interior decorating.  She had a gift for art and sewing.  She had a green thumb and loved to feed and watch the birds.  Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore were special to her.  She was employed in office work and in inventory control and she worked in libraries as a volunteer and as a paid staff member.  Although a very private person and an introvert by nature, she had a profound impact on the congregations of which she was the pastor’s wife.  As a result  she maintained close ties with friends from various churches. She felt the prayer support from family and friends in nearly every corner of the United States and in far-flung parts of the world during her year-and-a-half illness.  Her husband, Jonathan, lives in Westerville, Ohio, and her daughter, Catherine, is a librarian in Marion, Ohio.  Her sister, Marianne Linderman, resides in Utah.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 24, at Church of the Saviour United Methodist Church, 11239 Fancher Road, Westerville, Ohio.   Inurnment will follow at Rivercliff Union Cemetery in Mt. Gilead, Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Linda’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My heart goes out to your family. I am so sorry for your loss. What pain hurts worse than the pain of losing someone that you love? Ms. Linda was loved and she will be dearly missed. Again, I am so sorry. Though the pain you’re feeling must seem unbearable, please remember that you are not alone. Psalms 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress.” Pray to Him for strength. Weep to Him when there are no words. One of the poets of the Bible said at Psalms 56:8, “You keep track of my wandering. Do collect my tears in your skin bottle.” You see, God understands your pain and He cares for you very much (1 Peter 5:7). And He will really help you get through this difficult time (Isaiah 41:10).

  • Jonathan, my heart goes out to you in your loss. I pray God’s comfort to you in the sweet memories of the good life you two made together. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

  • What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful woman!! She left a huge impact on so many people during her brief life. I know I will never forget the kindness that she showed me while living in Excelsior. May you find peace in knowing that she lived her life to the fullest. Sending you my heartfelt condolences. God Bless you and your family.