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Linda Kay Garza, 59, passed away on July 9, 2017, at her home, in Joplin, Mo.
Linda was born, in Brownsville, Texas, to Arnold and Maria Garza.
She will be greatly missed by her brother, Arnold; three sisters, Julie, Lydia, Naomi; and two brothers-in-law, Chuck and David.
Linda moved to Joplin from Indiana in 1986, and has had many exciting jobs in leadership. She met and worked with many people along the way that thought very highly of her. She started at the Joplin Health Department working for the director. Two years later she transferred to City Hall, becoming the administrative assistant to the city manager, Leonard Martin. Other jobs included the Chamber of Commerce and helped organize the Bio Resources Plasma Center.
Her favorite, and most rewarding, position was working with Samuel Butcher, artist and founder of Precious Moments. Linda was employed at MSSU as secretary to the director of Sudent Support, administrative assistant to the director of Lifelong Learning and later secretary to the assistant vice president for Assessment and Institutional Research.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Published on October 15, 2017
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