Linda Kay Clarke

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Linda Kay Clarke

February 03, 1947 - January 31, 2019

Linda Kay Clarke Linda was born in Enid, OK on February 3, 1947 to Lewis and Laura Miller and went to her heavenly home January 31, 2019. She attended McKinley grade school, Waller Jr High and graduated from Enid High School. She married David Clarke and while living in Enid grew her family and pursued a satisfying career in real estate and mortgage lending.

Linda was most pleased when surrounded by her family and took great pride knowing that her sons were happy in their lives and in their careers. She enjoyed being outside and on road trips with David, sometimes their only plan was flipping a coin to decide which direction they would go and she always thought that the journey was the adventure. She especially enjoyed radio control soaring together with David, competing in contests in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas for several years.

Linda was a guiding force in her husband's telecom career, in which she took great interest. His career took them from Enid to OKC and onto Dallas and Paris, France, before living in Kaohsiung and Taipei, Taiwan for 8 years. In Paris, Linda loved being the essential tour guide for all their visitors and she was forever out and about exploring the city. She and David enjoyed traveling throughout Europe but their favorite destinations were St Malo and Cannes, France.

Later, while living in Taiwan, Linda found it exciting and always the adventurer, she was never disappointed in her experiences. Life seemed to overflow there with many friends, the growth of the business and frequent travel to Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia.

In 2005 they retired from the expat life and enjoyed living in Amarillo near Linda's brother Bruce and her cousins, Dennis, Janey and Jeri. For several years they made many road trips in the western US before moving back to Frisco to be nearer sons Don and Stephen and sister Sandy. Linda was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2012 and courageously battled this terrible disease for almost 7 years.

She was dearly loved by family and friends and though we miss her more than words can express, she has a new home now, one without pain and suffering.

Linda is survived by her husband, David, son Don of Frisco, son Stephen and daughter-in-law Mary of Stillwater, sister Sandy Barrett of Dallas and several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Laura, brother Donnie and brother Bruce.

A private memorial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Linda K. Clarke Undergraduate Scholarship Fund through the Oklahoma State University Foundation.
Published on January 31, 2019
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Art and May Brisebois
Feb 10, 2019
Linda always called herself "your second Mom" in conversations with me. That title was well earned through the kindness and encouragement she gave me (and later my wife May) in the U.S., Taiwan, Hong Kong, France and many other places we've been to over the past 27+ years together. May and I have set Linda and David as the examples of how we aspire to be and live. Enjoy your coconut shrimp and Beaujolais wine in heaven!
Gary and Rynee Roberts
Feb 07, 2019
Family and Friends may we all find peace and comfort in the beautiful memories we share. We remember Linda's smiling face, her love of traveling and the love she had for her family. She was little but she was mighty!
Kathleen and Stephan Wilson
Feb 07, 2019
Stephen, you and your family are in our thoughts during this time.
Kyndra
Feb 07, 2019
Aunt Linda was a beautiful light in this world. I’ll never forget summer visits to her house when I was a little girl. I was always so excited to see her and uncle David that I could barely sleep the night before! She taught me songs on the piano and we played “hairdresser” at her kitchen sink. I would lie on a towel and she would use the sink sprayer to wash and condition me - then she would wrap my hair up in a big swirled towel. I felt so pampered! During college I visited David and Linda one summer in Paris. We walked that beautiful city from one end to the next and I loved how Linda would speak French, with her signature Texan accent! She and uncle Dave were such gracious hosts ...- it’s a time I’ll never forget. Aunt Linda was great at so many things - and such a good person. She was fun but also very loving, sensitive and sentimental. I loved stories she shared of our relatives. She was a treasure trove of family history and information! Linda was so deeply bonded to her beloved David. Even as a young girl, I knew their marriage was something very special - the model for my own marriage today. I’ll forever love and hold aunt Linda in my heart. I find peace in knowing that her family - including my precious dad who recently passed too - was there to welcome her into Heaven. I know that she lives on, free of pain and earthly burdens, and that someday we will meet her there. Peace be still. ❤️❤️Read more
Catherine Gungoll Hughes
Feb 02, 2019
Linda’s sister Sandy, was among my best friends when we grew up in Enid in the 50’s. Linda was the older sister that we admired. I have such fond memories of days playing with Linda and Sandy at their home on Cherokee Street.
Sending peace and love to Linda’s family.
Linda Carroll Potter
Feb 01, 2019
What a dear, dear little lady who called me big sis....she will always be my little sis in my heart. Sympathy to David, boys, Sandy and all family. I truly loved Linda....she was a fighter and no longer has to fight...xoxo
Margaret Chen (Marga)
Feb 01, 2019
It’s so sad to see the post in TAT FB website. Linda mom was strong and determined to every difficulties but also very soft and very kind to everyone. Linda mom could always find the good side of everything and made me think of positive side of life. She always said “C'est la vie” when I was frustrated with life struggle. I miss her and will always remember the attitude she faced the difficulties in her last 7 years, fighting and beating the cancer again and again, never ever give up. God bless her rest in peaceful.
Lynn Spickelmier Butler
Feb 01, 2019
Our West Cherokee in Enid group in the 1950s-70's spanned many ages and families. We all treasure those of shadow tage, red rover, and exploring every good spot in every yard to hide and to play.

I was the youngest and Linda carried me around and looked out for me and we later became very close on social media.

Linda was fully devoted to her family and to her faith.
Her fight against was heroic. She was so small but mighty.

I send peace and light to all who loved her.
Lynn
Dennis and Natalie Stephenson Feb1,2019
Feb 01, 2019
we will miss our sweet cousin.Love you.
Barbara Brown
Feb 01, 2019
Your family will miss her beyond measure but she has left a legacy in each of you that will always be there.
Marion Evers
Feb 01, 2019
Although I never met Linda in life, I felt connected to her and David. I feel happy that I could share in the love that they both have for each other.
David, as you often wrote, was Linda you strength. She will stay that, that's my faith.
My heart is with you all
Jim Wilson
Feb 01, 2019
I always looked forward to our dinners at Chili's in Taipei and TGI Friday's in Kaohsiung and it was always amusing to watch Linda try to eat her first bite of food before David would finish his meal! They were two peas in a pod!!
Stefan Rauch
Jan 31, 2019
Many years ago on my visit to Enid from Los Angeles, Linda made a shopping list to be sure to have enough food in the house knowing what a big eater I was. Wanting to help, I tagged along on the trip to the market and once inside I suggested we tear the list in two each taking one half. I still remember that ‘bless your heart’ look Linda gave me, the one with the Mona Lisa smile, before reminding me we were not in a hurry. I will miss you Linda.
Jody Tilman
Jan 31, 2019
My heart is broken on learning about Linda’s passing. Of course we knew it was inevitable but that doesn’t lessen the hurt. I have always marveled at the closeness between her and David. What an example of true love! To David and her loving family I say when the Lord calls our loved ones home, He leaves a gift of memories in exchange
The Goldens
Jan 31, 2019
We remember David always shopping with Linda. When we mentioned how great that was and wondered how she got him to do it she said, “I put in hours and hours in the aisles of hardware stores with him!” We remember them always together - never saw one without the other. They always danced at the company parties. Sweet memories of a life well lived and an example of what every marriage should be.
Raydra McClure
Jan 31, 2019
Linda was a beautiful friend who came into my life very unexpectedly and left too soon. I will miss her smile, encouragement and tender heart. She was a most courageous woman and will have a place in my heart always.