Linda Lee Benedict of Hastings, age 69 passed away on May 8th, 2017.
She was born on June 24, 1947 in Lansing, MI to Hueston and Joan (Barnhart) Smith. Linda enjoyed fishing and going to the beach, crocheting, and in her younger years loved driving her Plymouth Road Runner, once she drove that all the way to Florida to visit her sister.
Linda and her sister Sherrie, had a wonderful time, creating costumes for their grandchildren as they were growing up. When her daughters were growing up she was their Girl Scout Troop leader, which she enjoyed. She volunteered as Treasure at the Light House on the Lake Center in Hastings, and was active member of the Moose for many years. Preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Delbert and Myrtle Barnhart, sister; Leslie Rowley, and her late husband, Kenneth Benedict. Linda is survived by her daughters; Lisa (Scott) VanVeelen, Johanna (Charles Orns) Lillie; sister, Sherrie (Clare) Jackson, grandchildren; Payton and Bailey VanVeelen; Elizabeth and Smantha Straley, Madison and Kristin Lydy, Olivia Orns; 7 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews, and her special canine companion Reese. According to her wishes cremation has taken place.
A Celebration of Linda’s Life will be held at Living Waters Church located at 1302 S Hanover St, in Hastings, MI on May 17, 2017 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation in Linda’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org, or the Barry County Animal Shelter 540 N Industrial Park Dr. Hastings, MI 49058. Lauer Family Funeral Homes- Wren Chapel located at 1401 N. Broadway in Hastings, has been entrusted to care for the family. Please share a memory or condolences with Linda’s family at www.lauerfh.com.