Linda Lee Hardesty, 67, of Topeka, passed away peacefully at home, Sunday, February 14, 2021 after a long hard-fought battle with breast cancer.
Linda was born in Salina, Kansas, the daughter of John C. Wooster and Ada M. (Oehlert) Seifert.
She graduated from Topeka West High School in 1971. Linda retired from the City of Topeka in 2018.
After high school, Linda married Russell Kelly and together they had one daughter, Roni. They later divorced.
After spending many years single, raising her daughter, and exploring many fun and creative interests with friends and family, Linda married Glenn Hardesty on her 40th birthday. The marriage made her an instant grandmother and stepmother to two adult children. Exactly one year later her first biological grandchild was born.
Glenn preceded her in death in 2012.
Linda grew up with three sisters. One four years older than her, one two years younger, and one nine years younger. Technically this made her the middle child. As seems to be true with most middle children, her sisters recall that Linda was also the name their mother would yell when a ruckus broke out in the next room.
She was creative and fun, and usually the one to organize a skit to entertain the adults at a family gathering growing up.
Even as an adult, Linda loved toys and felt everyone should get a toy at Christmas, no matter what their age. Having so many grandchildren and great grand children gave her an excuse to find the most fun and interesting toys. If the weather were even slightly warm out, Linda would likely bring over one of many bubble making contraptions to entertain the kids (and herself).
Linda was an avid bowler for many years. She also enjoyed pottery, doll making, felting wool, card making, and painting, especially if she was creating items for Halloween. Her home was always a wonderland of delight at Christmas time, but Halloween was her favorite holiday. She was dubbed the Queen of Halloween by her family because of the amazing theme based pumpkin carving parties she hosted for family, and for the costumes she created over the years.
Her survivors include daughter Roni Munoz (Austin), Clay Hardesty, and Angie Vickery (Todd). All of Topeka. Other survivors include her stepfather Dennis Seifert, her three sisters Suzie Johnson (Rick) of Kansas City, Jane Warkentine, and Lorrie Dickey (Mike) of Topeka. As well as Linda and Glenn’s combined 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and cousins that adored her.
Linda was cremated. A celebration of life ceremony is being planned by her family to be held outdoors in May of 2021. There is likely to be bubbles, or kites, (or Jack O lanterns) in her honor.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society and the American Diabetes Association.
Dove Cremations and Funerals – Southwest Chapel is assisting the family.
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