Linda Kay Brown was born in Chanute, Kansas, on Oct. 12, 1951, to Charles and Betty Hatfield.
She passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at a hospice in Olathe Medical Center.
Linda was raised in Kansas City, Kansas, and graduated from Washington High School in 1969. She worked in her early adulthood at sales and marketing and at raising her family.
She worked in newspaper, radio and in non profits, in Missouri, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Kansas during her career, as well as becoming a fine writer with a column that appeared for many years.
She also served as a Red Cross Director of a large chapter in Ohio, and when the family returned to Kansas in 1999, she became the Director of Mid America Nutrition.
She then joined the Ottawa Herald and held several marketing and management positions with that newspaper before her health issues forced her to retire two years ago. She was an award winning writer and once was asked to go to Russia by The Ohio State University as a journalist to write about their vocational school system, which she did with a series of stories. She won many awards for both her writing and for her marketing expertise.
She continued to write her column in the Anderson County Advocate up until this month. She and her husband, Vern Brown, also during their travels, were able to start three community festivals, which continue today after decades of growth.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, Dick Brown; her grandparents; and two grandchildren, Kennedy and Logan.
She is survived by her husband, Vern, of the home; two daughters, Angela Meek (Leon) of Kearney, Missouri, and Summer (Adam) Dean of Kansas City, Missouri; two sons, Gabe Campbell (Tiffany) of Ohio and Bent (Crystal) Minton of Excelsior Springs, Missouri; two granddaughters, Kamrei (Nick) Michael of Lenexa and Bella Dean of Kansas City, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, Zach and Hanna Garrett of Kearney; a great-granddaughter, Pyper Hopkins of Lenexa; one sister, Jeanne (Glen) White of Prairie Village; a brother, Charlie (Sue) of Linn County, Kansas; and special friends, Susan Alexander of Basehor and George and Janet Keaton of Gardner, as well as a number of others.
Private family services will be held at a later date. Memorials in her name may be made to Autism at 4paysforability.org