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Stevens Memorial Chapel

607 28th Street, Ames, IA

OBITUARY

Linda Elaine Squiers

March 24, 1944March 1, 2020
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Linda Elaine Squiers passed away peacefully at her home in Story City, Iowa on March 1, 2020 after a courageous one- year struggle with cancer. A visitation will be held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church (2900 Hoover Ave, Ames, IA) Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 9:00-11:00 a.m., with funeral mass following at 11:00 a.m.

Linda was born on March 24, 1944 and raised by her parents Alice and Florian Ott in the northeast Iowa town of Cresco. She attended elementary school at St. Joseph Catholic School and continued her education at Notre Dame High School in Cresco, IA, graduating with the class of 1962. It is at Notre Dame High School that she met her husband of 55 years, David J. Squiers.

David and Linda were united in marriage on August 29, 1964 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cresco. From that marriage, Linda became the mother of six children, Richard (Kim) Kearney, NE; Kelly Jordison (Kirk) Ankeny, IA; Jennifer Dalgliesh (Jason) Ames, IA; Melinda Loftin (Kraig) Grinnell, IA; Lisa Vos (Nathan) Lafayette, IN; and Robert (Ann) Gilbert, IA; Twenty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren then expanded the Squiers family in the years to come: Jordan, Becky, David, Maddie, Anna, and Callie Squiers from Rick and Kim; Tyler, Austin, and Jared Jordison from Kelly and Kirk; Brooke, Sadie, Sam and Ben from Jennifer and Jason; Cody, Colton, Haley and Zac from Melinda and Kraig; Eli from Lisa and Nathan; and Carson, Hayden, and Josephine from Robert and Ann. Three great grandchildren also added joy to her life: Mason (Haley Loftin), Amelia (Sam Dalgliesh), and Graham (Tyler and Emma Jordison).

Linda is survived by her loving husband David; a sister, Gilda Mullen (John) of Cresco, IA and numerous nephews, nieces, and cousins as well as her 100 year old mother-in-law, Ruth Squiers of Belle Plaine, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Florian and Alice Ott.

During her 75 years of life, Linda enjoyed many activities. She was an avid reader who easily consumed books at a rate of 6 times the number of her English major husband read. She also enjoyed playing “Words with Friends” on the internet with grandkids and friends; and, no, she never let anyone win, including the grandchildren. Linda enjoyed antiques (particularly antique jewelry) and collected it at every opportunity. Flea markets, garage sales, and auctions were never to be bypassed, and EBAY and “Wish” were on speed dial on her phone and computer. Linda also enjoyed the time spent at the lake cabin in northwest Minnesota. She particularly looked forward to the large family gatherings that occurred most summers at the lake. The hummingbirds and quiet sunsets of the lake, along with the sound of the loons always comforted her.

But most of all, Linda was a loving mother to her children and grandchildren and a devoted life partner with her husband. She loved watching her children participate in school athletics, music, and all other areas. She followed the career of her husband (a basketball coach for 36 years) at every opportunity, missing only three of his games during his entire career; once to give birth to her second child and twice due to illness. She could always be seen in the stands “quietly” cheering on the teams and “helping” officials make the right calls.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to JDRF ONE WALK Team Austin, a search for the cure of Juvenile Diabetes.

  • FAMILY

  • Alice Ott, Mother (deceased)
  • Florian Ott, Father (deceased)
  • Gilda Mullen (John), Sister
  • Ruth Squiers, Mother-in-law
  • David John Squiers, Husband
  • Richard Squiers (Kim), Son
  • Kelly Jordison (Kirk), Daughter
  • Jennifer Dalgliesh (Jason), Daughter
  • Melinda Loftin (Kraig), Daughter
  • Lisa Voss (Nathan), Daughter
  • Robert Squiers (Ann), Son
  • Twenty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren then expanded the Squiers family in the years to come: Jordan, Becky, David, Maddie, Anna, and Callie Squiers from Rick and Kim; Tyler, Austin, and Jared Jordison from Kelly and Kirk; Brooke, Sadie, Sam and Ben from Jennifer and Jason; Cody, Colton, Haley and Zac from Melinda and Kraig; Eli from Lisa and Nathan; and Carson, Hayden, and Josephine from Robert and Ann. Three great grandchildren also added joy to her life: Mason (Haley Loftin), Amelia (Sam Dalgliesh), and Graham (Tyler and Emma Jordison).

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 7, 2020
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 7, 2020

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Mary L Matthews

March 22, 2020

Hi, Dave and family, Pete and I are in Arizona and I do not do have the best relationship with this computer so l wanted to express our many and deep condolences to you all before I can figure out how to get a card to you. God bless and keep you all. And help you all through this time. Pete and Mary Matthews

Rod & Amy Brause

March 18, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all.

Ruth Wildman- Lundberg

March 17, 2020

Dear David and family.
I was saddened to learn of the passing of your Linda. I have fond memories of both Linda and David , growing up with them in Cresco. So wonderful that you have a large, loving family that I am sure will support each other at this hard time. May God Bless you with wonderful memories of Linda, and grant you his peace. With my sincere sympathy
Ruth Wildman Lundberg Bend, Oregon

Vicki Bangs

March 7, 2020

Linda had such a flair for fashion, jewelry, hair and life! She was a loving mother and doting wife that I personally admired!!

Linda was always in the stands at the Gilbert basketball games cheering on the players and supporting Coach Squiers.

Loved living two doors down from your beautiful family Dave!! RIP to your lovely wife Coach and prayers to all the Squiers'.

P. S. Hopefully I used the apostrophe correctly : )

Vicki Bangs

Dan Knight

March 6, 2020

I spent a great deal of time in the cafe where Alice, Linda and Gilda worked. Linda was always smiling and had something good to say every time I flew through the door after school. Our sympathy to the entire family, may she rest in peace.

Paul Brause

March 5, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love Paul & Shayleen Brause and family

Tom Matthews

March 5, 2020

Coach Squiers,
I’m so sorry for your loss. Mrs. Squiers was such a kind person. She seemed so dignified and calm when I talked to her. My condolences to you and your family.
All the best.
Tom

Dennis McGee

March 5, 2020

School plays, double dates, car rides, free refills at the Kountry Kitchen and generally just hanging out. Great memories with a real princess.
Sleep well, dearie, your work here is done.

Jane Lane

March 5, 2020

Linda was a true star. I will always remember her performance in school plays at Notre Dame HS. I admired her.
I am so sorry for all of her family.

T.J. Bangs

March 4, 2020

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss! Linda was a "mother to all" in the Stanley Drive neighborhood. Condolences from our family to yours.

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Biography

Linda Elaine Squiers she was equipped with a clear and calculating focus, she possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. She had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and she was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Linda was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

       Her parents were Alice and Florian Ott. Linda was raised in Cresco, Iowa. Always able to express herself well, Linda possessed strong interpersonal skills. She was optimistic in her outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in her communication. Armed with a great wit, Linda was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

      Blessed with a balanced attitude, Linda was able to relate well with others. Linda was raised with one sibling. She had one sister Gilda. Linda had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

      Known to others as a logical and open-minded individual, Linda was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. Her curious nature was spurred by her ability to maximize her personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. She was good with facts and had an excellent memory. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1962. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.
     
      On August 29, 1964 Linda exchanged wedding vows with David John Squiers at the St. Joseph Catholic Church of Cresco, Iowa. Linda was attentive to David's feelings, and she charmed David and others with her gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Linda was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Friends and acquaintances found Linda an easy woman to get to know, and those close to her would often praise her open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Linda was uncomplicated and straightforward in her relationships, which allowed her to accept people for what they were. Later in life while living in Gilbert, Iowa, she made many friends. Her home was open to her friends as well as her children's friends and she always made them feel comfortable and welcomed. Once the pool was installed the home was even more popular in the summer months.

      Very much like a kid herself, Linda identified with the inquisitive and creative side of her children’s personalities. She was able to direct her energy and spontaneity towards helping her children acquire added common sense skills. Linda was blessed with six children, two sons, Richard and Robert, four daughters, Kelly, Jennifer, Melinda and Lisa. They were also blessed with twenty-one grandchildren and three great grandchildren, Jordan,Becky, David, Maddie, Anna, Callie, Tyler, Austin, Jared, Brooke, Sadie, Sam, Ben, Cody, Colton, Haley, Zach, Eli, Carson, Hayden and Josephine; Great grandchildren Mason, Amelia and Graham.

      Her primary occupation was wife and mother. Linda enjoyed her leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. She had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that she did. She put this creativity toward all of her pastimes. Her favorite pursuits were reading books, playing "Words with Friends" on the internet, collecting antique jewelry from flea markets garage sales and auctions. She was content to enjoy her hobbies alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      Linda was a loving mother to her children and grandchildren and a devoted life partner with her husband David. She loved watching her children particiate in school athletics, music, all other areas. She followed the career of her husband (a basketball coach for 36 years) at every opportunity, missing only three of his games during his entire career; once to give bith to her second child and twice due to illness. She could always be seen in the stands "quietly" cheering on the teams and "helping" officials make the right calls.

      Linda was a generous woman who prized that same quality in others. Linda was a member of the Gilbert Athlectic Booster Club.

      Linda held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to her. She was a member St. Cecilia Catholic Church.

      Travel and vacations were experiences that Linda truly enjoyed. Favorite vacations included summers at the lake house in northwest Minnesota. She particularly looked forward to the large family gatherings that occurred most summers at the lake. The hummingbirds and quiet sunsets of the lake, along with the sound of the loons always comforted her.

      Linda passed away on March 1, 2020 at her home in Story City, Iowa. She is survived by six children, Richard (Kim) Kearney, NE; Kelly Jordison (Kirk) Ankeny, IA; Jennifer Dalgliesh (Jason) Ames, IA; Melinda Loftin (Kraig) Grinnell, IA; Lisa Vos (Nathan) Lafayette, IN; and Robert (Ann) Gilbert, IA; Twenty-one grandchildren and three great-grandchildren then expanded the Squiers family in the years to come: Jordan, Becky, David, Maddie, Anna, and Callie Squiers from Rick and Kim; Tyler, Austin, and Jared Jordison from Kelly and Kirk; Brooke, Sadie, Sam and Ben from Jennifer and Jason; Cody, Colton, Haley and Zac from Melinda and Kraig; Eli from Lisa and Nathan; and Carson, Hayden, and Josephine from Robert and Ann. Three great grandchildren also added joy to her life: Mason (Haley Loftin), Amelia (Sam Dalgliesh), and Graham (Tyler and Emma Jordison). Services were held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, Ames, Iowa.

      Linda was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, she relied on her senses to increase her involvement and awareness of others. She was always able to provide amusing repartee to her friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, and stories. She enjoyed her life and the experience of living it. This is how everyone will remember Linda Elaine Squiers.