BC: "Tho weeping may endure for the night, joy comes in the morning"
FC: In Loving Memory Linda N. Kitchens
1: This book is dedicated in loving memory to Linda Louise Norwood Kitchens born April 29, 1939 went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, June 9, 2007
2: Born Linda Louise Norwood to Hilda Mills Norwood and Larry H. Norwood - she was born and raised in Carrboro/Chapel Hill. She attended Chapel Hill High School when it was located on Franklin Street. She had many fond memories of growing up on Davie Circle in Chapel Hill. Her mother, Hilda Mills married Larry Norwood and had three kids, Joan, Linda and Chuck Norwood. Hilda later remarried Vernon Burch and the together they gave Linda two more brothers, Graham & David Burch. Linda loved all her siblings and looked forward to the family gettting together as often as possible.
3: Here is a picture of Linda with her sister Jo Norwood (Sylvester) on the far left, her brother Chuck Norwood (far right) and Linda in the middle. Being a middle child she claims she fought with her sister Jo (who later became her best friend) and took care of her brother Chuck as if he were her own. Their ages were Jo (11 yr.), Linda (8 yr.) and Chuck (4 yr.)
4: Linda, Mama (Linda's mother), her sister Jo and her little brother Graham (must have been before David was born) Not sure where Chuck is?
5: Linda, Graham, David & Mama at Aunt Margarets house on Christmas Day
6: Mama and "all her children" Chuck, Jo, Graham, Linda & David
7: Linda was always a "cut up"! Here she is having fun on a rare "snowy day" in Chapel Hill
8: "Then one day, the lady met this fellow. . ." Buddy and Linda met on a blind date (which almost didn't happen when she found out his last name was "Kitchens" - thank goodness she agreed to go on that first date - and the rest is history The history of Buddy and Linda Kitchens
9: Buddy & Linda Kitchens wed July 3, 1966 at Orange United Methodist Church Chapel Hill, NC
10: Buddy, Linda & Marty Kitchens | Five months after they were newlyweds, the couple found out they were going to have a baby. The duo became a trio on September 13, 1967 when Martin Ross Kitchens (Marty) came into the world. Linda loved being a mom - she made the decision to be a homemaker and never had a moment of regret.
11: Two and a half years after having their son, Marty, Buddy and Linda discovered they were going to have another baby. Being certain they would have another boy, they picked out "boy" names, only to be surprised on January 14, 1970 that she gave birth to a baby girl. They named her Angela Elaine Kichens (much better than the boy name Stewart, yes that's right, it would have been shortened to Stew, and been called Stew Kitchens) God knew what He was doing!
13: Things about Linda as a Mom: ~ First and foremost, she taught her children to love and fear God ~ She had a great wit and sense of humor, so laughter was always welcome in her home ~ She made herself available to her children at every age to listen to anything and everything they were willing to share ~She embraced their friends so it was a place where people felt welcome and wanted to hang out. ~ When it came time to spend money, she was always going to put her kids first ~ She always made a big deal out of birthdays and Christmas. This made for great memories ~ She was strict becaues she loved her kids, but she was fair and she was consistent ~ When her children were older, as they looked back on their childhood, they certainly did "rise up and call her blessed" as they honored her . She will be greatly missed !
14: Linda with her mom & syblings - As usual, everyone's laughing
15: August 25, 1996 | Linda looked beautiful and happy on her daughter's wedding day
16: Sometime in the mid '80's - possibly 1985, Linda was diagnosed with diabetes. At the time, this really shook her up because her blood sugar was dangerously high and it called for a radical lifestyle change in regards to her diet. She was grumpy at first, but then she dug her heels in and began eating healthy and excersing regularly. She would listen to praise music and walk on her treadmill everyday. Before long she was bragging about how far she could walk in thirty minutes, and then up to forty-five minutes. She got her sugar under control and maintained it by her diet. She felt she had conquered her biggest physical battle.
17: In 1998, Linda received news that diabetes would not be her biggest physical battle ~ she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent surgery, followed by chemo and radiation. She lived a few wonderful years in remission, but she began to have trouble with her hip. By 2002 she could hardly walk, her hip was bothering her so bad. She received news that her cancer had indeed come back and was now in the bone. Many tears and prayers went up to Heaven. But Linda was faithful to trust her Lord for her healing. . . God carried her through many twists and turns and she was a great witness to more people than we'll ever know. The way she carried herself and her faith through the very difficult times was such a testimony of God's grace. Overall, her quality of life remained until almost the very end. She enjoyed her new home God gave her. She loved watching and talking about her grandkids. She still enjoyed going out to eat with Buddy and Marty, and whenever possible, the rest of the family. She loved attending her Bible Study and going to Orange Church. She lived life to the fullest, she ran the race, and she finished it! Great is her reward - no doubt she has heard God say, "well done, good & faithful servant!" And she did ultimately get that healing she so longed for, only it's for all eternity!
18: Linda was inspecting her new home as it was being painted. She couldn't wait for it to be done so they could move in. After living in the same house for thirty-three years without remodeling, she was anxious to have a fresh new start! She moved in her new home in July 2005 and never looked back.
19: Mother's Day 2006 Family Picnic at Angie's House Graham, Linda, David, Chuck, and Jo
23: Notes for Linda's Death & Resurrection Service by Rev. Ray Warren Psalm 23 - The Lord is my Shepherd David trusted in his Shepherd because he knewthat: ~in green pastures, the shepherd is there ~beside still waters the shepherd is there ~in paths of rightoueness, the shepherd is there ~and yes, EVEN in the Valley of the Shadow, the sphered is still there. David knew that it wasn't the Valley that mattered, but the presence of the shepherd that would make everything okay. When the valley of the shadow comes to us in the death of someone we love, it can feel like the light on our path has been darkened. But the thing to remember in the valley is that the blocking of the light is temporary. Sometimes when we experience that darkness, it seems that there truly is a mountain in our path. But even a mountain can be moved, in fact, Jesus said if our faith is strong, we WILL move mountains. Linda knew about valleys AND shadows. But she has seen the last shadows and valleys she'll ever see - now she stands in the presence of God and has all the glorious light & radiance of God all around her. This valley for her has simply become a passageway that has carried her to another mountaintop for eternity. I believe if she could say anything right now, she would say "put your hand in the Shepherds Hand and follow Him; He knows what He's doing, everything will be alright, He knows your name."