Linda Sue (Price) Van Meter

July 27, 1939 ‒ October 24, 2016

Marion, Ohio

Linda Sue (Price) Van Meter died Monday, October 24, 2016 unexpectedly at Marion General Hospital.

She was born on July 27, 1939 in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of Hazel and Edwin Price.  She graduated from Marion Harding High School in 1957 and attended Franklin College in Indiana.  On January 18, 1959 she married her high school sweetheart, James Van Meter.  She settled down to be a homemaker and the mother of 5 children, Timothy (Angie), Christine (Jim) Gould, Jerry (Linda), Susan (Bob) Houston, and Jed (Lora).  Linda was preceded in death by her parents, her brother Fred Price, her son Timothy, and her son-in-law Bob Houston.  She is survived by her loving husband Jim, her brother Ted (Bonnie) Price, her sister-in-law Barb Price, and her four remaining children.

Linda was devoted to the Lord and it showed through everything she did.  Her greatest joy was looking after her family, assisting her children, her 10 grandchildren and her 9 great grandchildren (+1 on the way) with their music, sewing needs, and attending all of their activities.  One of her favorite times was Christmas, when the entire family would gather.  Although she wouldn’t consider herself a great cook, she was noted for her potato salad, homemade pies, and Texas Sheet Cake.  She was a great companion to Jim (a pastor of the United Methodist Church) and accepted all the moves with both sadness upon leaving great friends but also with joy in seeking to follow the call of the Lord upon their lives.   She returned to Marion in 2000.  Since then she and Jim enjoyed many travels, especially trips to Florida to visit old friends and take in the sun.

Besides caring for her family,   she gave private piano lessons to many beginners, was a pianist, organist and director for church choirs and assisted with various school music programs.  Linda was a faithful member of the Marion Salem United Methodist Church.  She served the Lord, not only with her gift of music, but also through the United Methodist Women’s Group, both on the district and conference level.  She was involved with the Heart of Ohio Walk to Emmaus, serving on many teams for this spiritual week-end.   Linda loved to quilt, tearing pieces of material apart and creating beautiful quilts for home, family, and friends. She was always working on a mission project; making diapers, putting together school bags, packing Christmas boxes for needy children, and recently preparing plastic grocery bags to be made into sleeping pads for the homeless.

Her family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the Marion Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Rd., Caledonia.  Services honoring her life will also be held there at 10 a.m. on Friday, with Rev. Beth Ann Mansperger and Rev. Joe Sopher officiating.  Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made directly to the Midwest Mission Distribution Center, P.O. Box 56, Chatham, Illinois 62629; where Jim and Linda volunteered many summers.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Linda’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them by visiting

  • Jim & family,

    I am so, so sorry for your loss. I’m happy I was able to get to meet Linda on a Midwest Mission trip a few years back. She was a delight! Loved her kindness, sense of humor and the great card playing!

    May you be comforted by good memories and God’s loving arms.

  • Jim, we are so sorry to hear about Linda, she will be missed by many, but you always have the good memories she left with everyone. Bud and Judy.

  • Jim,

    We are very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Your high school sweetheart and bride for 57+ years, this must be a difficult time for you and your family. May God bless her and comfort you!

  • I cannot express enough how much I enjoyed Jim and Linda when they started coming on the Midwest Mission ventures. This is where I first got to know them and getting to get acquainted with them has been a real highlight. Linda and I got to work on the same projects sometimes, and it was a joy to share in similar interests we were found to have. There are great memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim.

  • Linda was like a second mom growing up. I will always cherish my memories of time spent with the VanMeter family! She always had a smile on her face and a kindness that warmed my heart. Heaven got a good addition this week!

  • Dear hearts all,
    Many prayers flowing at the passing of one of the finest Christian women I know.
    I remember her for her church music here at New London, and for the church organ search.
    I don’t what else to say that hasn’t already been said.
    She may be physically gone from earth, but there is no doubt that she is home with the Lord, whom she served so faithfully.
    May God hold you in his arms through this.
    We love you all!

  • Jim, you and your family are in my prayers………Linda’s warm smile and loving heart will be missed.

  • Our first overnight in Galion was spent with the Van Meters. Susan was just a baby, and Linda had more than enough to do taking care of her family. But there she was entertaining the new minister’s family. She and Jim have always been the heart of hospitality, as well as wonderful friends. Her love of music and the gospel it proclaims were translated into real Christian living. Thanks be to God for Linda’s love-filled life.

  • Our first remembrance of Linda was while we were in Cardington and you were
    Pastor at Marion Salem. I hadn’t been to Marion Salem, but went to a women’s meeting there and was very happy to meet Linda. We were so new in ministry and she set an example for pastor’s wives.
    We have run into you both over the years and it has always been a joy. We visited a bit at Lakeside this past summer. We were really surprised and saddened to hear of her death and our hearts and prayers are with you and your family.
    We are thankful to have known Linda. God bless you all.

  • Dear Jim,

    To read of Linda’s life causes me to give thanks for her walk with Christ and the many lives she has influenced for Christ and his Kingdom. While I affirm that she is in the fullness of God’s presence my heart breaks for you. May the God of all comfort, comfort you in this painful season of grief. Be assured of my prayerful support in the coming months.

  • We have many fond memories of our getting together when we lived in Mt.Gilead. We send our deepest condolences to you. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry and Roberta Kalb

  • Pastor Jim,

    I was really too young to remember the pastor at New London UMC before you and your family arrived. When I think of growing up in the church, I think of you and Linda (and of course Jed, since he was your only child close to my age). I have way too many memories of you guys to even begin listing. But I can distinctly remember Linda at the organ ever Sunday. I can still picture her in my mind… the small wonderful lady that she was, sitting behind that big organ. And I remember the short time I tried taking piano lessons, coming to your house to learn from Linda. She was always so pleasant and encouraging. While watching my own boys play the piano recently I reminisced of how I wish I had stuck with my piano lessons. I just wasn’t patient enough. You two have always been special people in my life, and I have missed you. I was so sad to hear of Linda’s passing. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you!

  • Dear Jim and Family,

    Our deepest sympathy to you at this time. Linda will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her. Keeping you in our prayers, that you will feel comfort and peace with God’s riches blessings. Rev. Howard & Marilyn Huston

  • I am so very sorry to learn of Linda’s death. My very deepest and heartfelt sympathies to Jim and to all the family. With love, Rev. Barbara Stephens-Rich

  • Jim: I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I’ve appreciated knowing both you and Linda. What a shock. I will be praying for your comfort and care.
    Blessings to you.

  • Jim,,
    So sorry to learn of your loss. I know your heart is heavy now , but through your great faith you will be met with the surprising wonders of our Lord’s love, peace , and hope on the path forward.
    Remembering you with warmth and respect from our old camping days at AldersgAte
    God bless,
    Chuck Oplinger

  • Our deepest condolences to your family. May God grant you great peace and comfort during this time. – The Styer family

  • Her sparkling eyes and peaceful smile were outward manifestations of this women’s good heart and head.

  • Dear Pastor Jim & Jed,

    Hearing of Linda’s passing made me realize how important you all were and are to me. I’ve been deeply moved and thinking of you, thanking God for you, asking God to continue to bless you and Linda in heaven. Although it seems long ago to me now, like Jeremy, you and Linda are really a part of me, part of my growing up, part of my foundation. Thank you, and thank you to Linda for all she did and all she was & always will be. She brought joy to so many with her music, her smile, and her warm & welcoming nature, and that is how I’ll always remember her.

    Blessings & joyful condolences,
    Josh Pack

  • May the love and peace of Christ which you and Linda always shared,be your cmfort now and always. God bless.

  • Dear Pastor Jim & Family,
    My heart aches for your loss. Your family was very special in the lives of our family. Although so much time has passed since you & Linda served in New London, you both quickly earned a special place in our hearts that lives on. I loved my time with Linda playing the piano for the children’s choir, remembering the hours we all spent in the gym watching our children on the basketball court, serving on the Emmaus Walks, the Christmas Open House at the parsonage. Linda’s quiet way serving our Lord was a true example of humility. May God walk beside you as your family adjusts, may His strength sustain you, may His love surround you all. She is home now in Glory.
    Sherrill & Rod Stover, Rex, Sam, Tara & Jenny

  • Dear Jim. We are so sorry in learning of the passing of Linda. We have wonderful memories of her and you here in younstown. What a beautiful smile she always had. She touched so many lives with her love of her Lord. Our love and prayers are with you in this time in the loss of Linda. May you feel God loving arms around you in the days ahead. Love and prayers George and Trudie Lee

  • We will miss Linda at our Retirees each month.She was a loving and kind person
    and we appreciate your loss, Jim. Blake and Gere

  • Jim
    Sally and I were so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. Our prayers are with you, and your family.
    In Christ, Tom & Sally Jones

  • Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your loss just now as I read the conference obituaries. You can be sure that you and your family will have a special place in my prayers.

    In Christ,

    James Macdonald

  • Jim, I am so sorry to hear of your loss just now as I read the conference obituaries. You can be sure that you and your family will have a special place in my prayers.

    In Christ,

    James Macdonald