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Linda May Burkhart, age 64, Joplin, Mo., passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness.
Linda was born February 22, 1953, in Webb City, Mo., daughter of the late John Gordon and Myrtle Ketron Gordon Merl. Linda grew up and attended school in Webb City, and later Joplin, where she graduated from Memorial High School. She worked as a nurse's aide for Greenbriar Nursing home, and later Oak Hill Hospital. She was a devoted wife and mother, who was active with all her children's activities. She was a longtime PTO mother with the Joplin Schools.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Tyler Burkhart.
Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Wallace "Jr." Burkhart; sons, Paul Burkhart and wife, Stacy, of Galena, Kan., John Burkhart and wife, Cheryl, of Joplin, and Tom Burkhart, of Galena; daughter, Jennifer Moore and husband, Daniel, of Joplin; grandchildren, Madison Burkhart, Caleb Burkhart, Casey Burkhart, Johnathan Burkhart, Louis "Adam" Burkhart, Jared Burkhart, René Burkhart, Zach Burkhart, Nickolas Hoffman, and Ashley Hoffman; sister, Brenda Casey, of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers, Rick Merl, of Oklahoma City, Okla., Tim Merl, of Carterville, Mo.; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 1, at 2 p.m., in Parker Mortuary Chapel, with Randy Bishop officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with family serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Webb City Health and Rehabilitation Center for the love that was shown to Linda, and her family, during the last few years.
Published on May 31, 2017
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