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Linda Doornbos (12/10/1953 - 05/30/2013)


BLOOMINGTON — Linda K. Doornbos, 59, of Bloomington passed away at 10:03 p.m. Thursday (May 30, 2013) at her home with her family by her side.

She was born Dec. 10, 1953, in Columbia, Mo., to Eugene and Kathryn Poore Ballew. She was preceded in death by her father, Eugene.

Survivors include her mother, Kathryn Houston, sister, Dorothy (Mike) Wilson, and brothers, Randy (Jacque) Ballew and Roger (Sonia) Ballew. She married Keith Doornbos in New Franklin, Mo., on Aug. 28, 1980. He survives. Also surviving are their children, Brian Foster, Chicago, and Laura (David) Ludwig, Colfax. She had four grandchildren, Eva, Carter and Landon Ludwig and Mackenzie Foster.

Linda graduated from Columbia College, Columbia, Mo., in 1981, with a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, earning these degrees while working full-time for State Farm Insurance Cos. and as a mother.

She was a dedicated associate of State Farm Insurance Cos., first with 27 years as an employee and then 17 years as a State Farm agent in Decatur. She enjoyed the insurance business and loved to help people.

She received her designation as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC). She was a member of the National Association of Insurance Agents and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) and the Early Birds Kiwanis Club of Decatur.

Linda held a private pilot certificate and had flown thousands of hours in light aircraft. She first began flying in 1981. She was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 129 in Bloomington/Normal. She had been the president of EAA Chapter 129 for more than three years.

She was a volunteer and sponsor of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of McLean County.

As a lifelong fan of the University of Missouri, Linda enjoyed cheering the Tigers to victory. She also loved spending her free time with her four grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Gomez at Illinois Cancer Care and BroMenn Hospice for all of their special care.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Bloomington. A memorial service will also be at Grandview Baptist Church, Centralia, Mo., at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the donor’s choice.

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