Linda R. Darnell

December 17, 1957 ‒ May 13, 2019

Westerville, Ohio

Linda R. Darnell, age 61 of Westerville, OH passed away at her home Monday, May 13, 2019 after an illness. She was born December 17, 1957 in New Ulm, MN to Orville Jacobson and the late Janelle Jacobson.

Linda is survived by her children; Michael Jones of Houston, TX, and daughter, Michelle (Link) Staffen of Westerville, OH; grandsons: Luke and Jack Staffen; father, Orville Jacobson; brothers: Daryl and Larry Jacobson; sisters: Jolene Grayum and Mary Thorpe; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Linda was a loving mother, grandmother, and good friend. She belonged to a close-knit group of friends who considered one another as family, seeing one another through all of life’s ups and downs. She enjoyed trips to the beach and lakes with her friends. She especially cherished the time she spent with her grandsons. Linda was a simple, solid, and dependable person, without extravagant tastes or demands. She retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in 2017 after a 40 year career there as a systems analyst.

In addition to her mother, Linda was preceded in death by her step-mother, Gertrude Jacobson.

Visitation will be held Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Dr., Delaware Ohio. A memorial service will be held immediately following at 11:00 a.m. with Daryl Jacobson officiating. Friends are invited to share a meal with the family after the service in the community room at the funeral home.

Donations may be made in Linda’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network at

  • So many fond memories of your Mom. She was a sister, a friend and so many other things. I have many happy memories of many trips with her to the Outer Banks, shopping with her and Peg at Old Time Pottery and just hanging out together talking or our favorite pastime in the OBX, going to Ben Franklin!! She will be forever missed, that beautiful sincere smile that told you she understood you and was there for you. I am thankful that her pain and suffering are over and I know she is watching over all of you from wherever she is.

  • Your mom was a huge part of the Wood family. I have so many memories of times spent with her and My sister Peggy. Linda is my sister, always kind, and always supportive. She will be deeply missed on this earth. I know she is pain free now and watching over this crazy bunch of friends and family. May God wrap your family in his arms during this most difficult time. May your memories bring you comfort and joy. Fly High Linda Lou!!

  • Linda was my best friend from 7th grade through our first year of Bible college together. Our marriages took us in opposite directions and I always felt the loss of her friendship. But as others have said, her smile and her loyal, faithful spirit made her the most likable friend. I am glad her suffering is over. I can only imagine what the reunion was like with her mom when she stepped into paradise. Love you forever, dearest Tilly. Cheryl

  • Such sad news! Linda was a wonderful friend, although I have not seen her in years. I am so sorry for your loss – she will be missed by all.


  • We shared many things early in her children lives (even our name) and later got to enjoy some of the Grandchildren milestones together. I love her and no doubt she will be missed. I will keep her memories alive forever through stories we shared and the times we spent together. Michael and Michelle we have a bond death can’t break the eternal life promise of God. Your Mom is with her Mom and Step-Mom rejoicing with no more pain. Heaven nothing better! xos <3

  • Words cannot express my sadness when I heard of Linda’s passing. I am grateful that I have an enormous amount of memories to hold on to. Linda was a great friend, and more importantly, she provided me with that Motherly wisdom from time to time. I will see you again, Linda! For now, it is so long, not good bye. You and Peg can now find that perfect beach to continue your eternal walk. With love, Adam Grant

  • I was Linda’s youth leader from 7-12 grade. She was my daughter’s best friend and became another daughter ‘s sister-in-law. She was often in our home and my husband gave her the nickname, Tilly. I say ‘amen’ to all that’s been said about Linda. She was truly a joyful person. Two years ago my daughters and I spent a couple of days with her at Mary’s lake home. A time of reminiscing about the old youth group. So glad for that memory. I have also lost a daughter from cancer and understand your sorrow, but my Lord was with me and He will always be with you.

    • Love you grandma ❤️
      Thank you for sharing the memories .
      So sorry to hear about the loss of Linda praying peace and comfort for all that loved her. ❤️

    • Youth group connections have left strong memories for so many of us. Thank you for sharing this Marlys.

  • Im so saddened by Lindas passing we had so many good times and plans to enjoy retirement. I worked with her for many years and she has been to my home in Florida several times. I miss her so much already she was a humble person with a great sense of humor. I loved being around het I’m so sorry for your loss

  • Jeff, our kids, extended family and I are very sorry. In time may God bring you His peace that surpasses all understanding.

  • To Linda;
    You will be missed by so many people you have touched in your life. I have so many memories of us and Peg and the gang at the pool. We would all swirl in and stager out from the pool parties. My God welcome you at the gates with open arms and Peg is staanding there waiting you. Have a party in the heavens and will meet again someday as I believe.

  • Linda was the most wonderful, caring person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She was a true friend, a loyal mother and a loving grandmother. I count my blessings that I was able to be called her friend. Memories are precious and will always remain in my mind and heart. I cannot wait to see her again in heaven! I know she is so happy and pain free, being with her loved ones that went before. God bless all that are still here on earth. She was an angel here and a forever angel in heaven.

  • I was so sorry to hear of the passing of Linda. We only met once in person as I live in NY but had a wonderful relationship over the phone as we worked together on projects at Anthem BC/BS. We shared stories about our families so we grew to be close friends. We even retired together. Linda was so smart and kind and had a great sense of humor. I will miss her so much.

  • I am so sad to hear this news. I Linda at Big Sandy Camp many years ago and went to Crown with her, what fun adventures we had. Linda will also be “Tilly” to me. What a sweet friend, even though we didn’t connect much in our adult years. May your family be comforted with God’s amazing love and peace. My prayers are with you all.

  • Linda became part of my life through my close friendship with Michelle. She was the most caring, generous, and welcoming person. She always made me feel a part of any gathering and showered me with her love and support. I am so thankful to her for raising such a beautiful and loyal friend in Michelle. Linda accepted me as family through my friendship with Chelle. She supported me through the big moments in my life as well as the small ones. I have so much respect and love for Linda. I’m so thankful she is pain free and in the arms of God, but the loss of her here on earth is vast. What a special and incredible woman and I was very blessed to know her. So much love to Michelle and Michael!

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I hope you find comfort in Jesus words at John 5:28,29. There Jesus promised a resurrection of our loved ones who have passed away. This beautiful hope can sustain us during times of grief. Please accept my condolences.

  • I work with Linda for years without really getting to know her until this last year. I feel so blessed that I got a chance to really get to know her during a 2 week vacation in florida last Sept. She was one of the kindest, most serious, yet somehow funniest person I’ve ever met. She had me rolling many times with her stories. What I remember most was how much she loved her kids (including you Link) and her grand babies. You all made her life extraordinary for her, please know that. There is no doubt in my mind she’ll be watching over all of us. Love you Linda!!

  • My heart has hurt since hearing of Linda’s passing and knowing she was in pain. I trust she is singing and dancing now. Linda was such a sweet person with a beautiful laugh. She was a good mom, loved Michael and Michelle and was so proud of them. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • My condolences to Linda’s family. We met at Anthem. We worked in the same department, Third Party Liability. We had some fabulous fun times together. We had some tears as life goes along. I moved away to Florida, we connected about 2 years ago on Facebook. We had a phone conversation that lasted about 3 hours. We laughed about back in the day. I cherish my friendship with Linda. She was a great friend. We were hoping to get together in Florida….. she will be missed.

  • I am so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. We worked together virtually at Anthem and all though we never met in person I felt like I knew her for years. She was caring, kind, knowledgeable, funny, dedicated and had a very gentle way about her. I will miss her greatly.

  • I am very sorry to read of the passing of your loved one, Linda. She will be missed as made evident by the many condolences left thus far. Your family has lost someone very near and dear to their hearts. Please strive to take one day at a time, for you may not know what benefit or encouragement a new day will bring. Talk to God in prayer. The Bible says: “Throw your burden on Jehovah,(God) and he will sustain you.” (Psalm 55:22) Prayer is not merely an emotional crutch. It is real communication with the God who “comforts us in all our trials.”—2 Corinthians 1:3, 4. I sincerely invite your family to do so and he will sustain you indeed.