Linda Lee Dykes
July 25, 1941 – July 18, 2020
Linda Lee Lewis Dykes was born in Dallas, TX to Wilbur Lee Lewis and Corine Inez Ford Lewis. At the age of 78, after a brief, but brutal battle with cancer, she surrendered into the arms of her Lord and Savior on July 18, 2020 at 10:14 pm. She was surrounded by her family in the home she shared with her husband of 32 years, George D. (Buddy) Dykes.
Linda grew up in the Dallas area and graduated from Richardson High School in 1959. She attended Business School and worked as an accountant. She married her children’s father in 1963 and they had Cathleen Lee, Caren Jo and Jeffrey Bronson who were the focus and light of Linda’s life. The family moved from Garland to Wills Point in 1970 and Linda became an active member of the local community. She was a long time member of Russell Memorial United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir and served as church secretary for many years. She joyfully supported her children in their various activities and fed and cared for many bonus children. Her home was a safe space and loving environment for anyone who needed it.
In 1986, Linda met the love of her life, George David Dykes, known to all as Buddy. They married on May 7, 1988, blending their two families into one loud and happy crew, with Buddy’s four sons and Linda’s three children. The couple have supported each other through joys and tragedies, including the loss of Linda’s son Jeffrey in 1987. They settled into their current home in Canton in 1991.
As a leader and a doer, Linda worked as a manager for several physician practices and was on the cutting edge of computerized coding. She became a nationally sought speaker and instructor for the medical industry. She retired in 2007 and settled into her favorite role: full time Nonnie life, with Papa Buddy by her side. Their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and everyone in between have benefited from her love and generosity.
Linda and Buddy have been active members at Wallace United Methodist Church since moving to Canton. They have loved, supported, and served the community and their church family faithfully for almost 30 years. Linda was heartbroken when the church burned and has worked tirelessly to ensure its rebuilding. We grieve with her that she was unable to see its completion due to her illness, but a part of her spirit will always be there.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and her son Jeffrey. She is survived by her loving husband, Buddy Dykes, her children Cathleen (David) Walters, Caren Lewis, Brian (Jennifer) Dykes, Jeffrey (Rhonda) Dykes, Christopher (Leona) and Jason Dykes; her sister Donna Backest; grandchildren Racheal (David) Deamer, Natalie Walters, Brittany (Derek) Byram, Micah Walters, Kaylee Dykes, Katie Dykes, Courtney Dykes, David Lewis, Dalton Dykes and great-grandchildren, Dasha Walters, Oliver Lewis, Kingston Dykes, Khalani Dykes, Ava Deamer, Austyn Dykes, Danika Loya and Amelia Welsch.
A celebration of Linda’s life and legacy will be held at Wallace United Methodist Church, 151 VZCR 2501, Canton, on Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 pm with graveside services to follow at Haven of Memories. A visitation for friends and family will be held Wednesday, July 22 between the hours of 6-8 pm at Eubank Funeral Home, Canton. Those wishing to honor her memory may make a donation in her name to Wallace United Methodist Church in Canton PO Box 174, Canton, TX 75103.
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Linda Lee Dykes
July 31, 2020
I wish to offer my deepest sympathy to the family of Linda Dykes. As you know your loved one was a special person. She and I worked together on many projects when my children and hers were in school. I think the most recent was The Relay For Life. This was an important event for both of us. It was during this time I met her husband, Buddy. Because it was not recent I’m not sure he remembers me. Cathleen and Caren i know you will miss your mom so much. So will
I. Please know that each of you are in my prayers for strength, comfort and love. God’s blessings on each of your family members.
Love and hugs, Doris Madden
July 24, 2020
Linda treated me as though she had always known me when I met her MANY years ago. I grew to love her and Buddy. I will miss her
July 23, 2020
Aunt Linda was a constant encourager in my young life, particularly in my late teens when I wasn’t sure where life was taking me. Every time I saw her, I could count on Aunt Linda spending several minutes telling me how proud she was of me and that she could see God’s purpose and guidance at work in my life. I could not be in her presence without feeling God’s love and hope overflowing out of her. To this day, I don’t know that I’ve ever faced a challenge when part of my overcoming didn’t include at least the subconscious thought “Aunt Linda believes in me.”
July 23, 2020
To Buddy and Family..
I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Linda.. she was a wonderful lady and i have so many great memories of her.. she was always so kind and loving to me and my family.
We had lots of fun times and special memories of her at Wallace UMC.
She will truly be missed by all and may she rest in peace.
Billy , Deann , Will & Chase
Gary / Patricia Sewell
July 23, 2020
As Patty and I was looking for a church home we decided one Sunday to attend the little white wooden framed church in the country named Wallace UMC! As we walked into the sanctuary Linda was the first to greet us and asked us to sit behind them in the next pew which we did and occupied for the entirety of the life of the old church! As long as I'm a member of Wallace that will be amongst my first memories! Linda is now sitting in the front row of Heavens sanctuary! Rest in the arms of your Savior Jesus Christ Linda you will be missed here at Wallace UMC and by your brother and sister in Christ Gary and Patty Sewell
July 22, 2020
Linda was an amazing person. Visiting with her and Buddy, I learned that she had worked in several states and traveled a lot in her work by plane. But I mainly remember her for her love of God and for her family. Mark and Sherri Young
July 21, 2020
There are no words to express how my heart is breaking to say goodbye to this beautiful soul. Linda stood out in a crowd and in the congregation because she was a shining light to all who knew her. She & Buddy helped fund my Walk to Emmaus which was life changing for me. She was a blessing to me & I'll cherish that. Not goodbye, but see you later.
Jennifer Sloma (Woodruff)
July 21, 2020
What an angel Heaven has received! I remember how patient Mama Linda was with me, Caren and Mitzi as we raided her kitchen cabinets after school! She was one of the most loving, caring and wise individuals I've ever known! I feel very fortunate to have had her in my life. My heart goes out to you, Caren and Cathleen, as you adjust to a world without her.
All my love,
July 21, 2020
Nonnie will forever live on in our hearts as a source of kindness, warmth and strength. Her legacy is the quality she added to the lives she touched with her generosity, acceptance, unconditional love and compassion. She did not deserve the suffering that she had to endure in her transition to the next life, but I believe she will continue to watch over us and love us from beyond. On this last trip to see her, I sat with her and tried to take selfies. Even though she has always been very beautiful, she was never vain, and she was probably a little annoyed that I kept changing the filter and snapping shots candidly. But when she heard the word, “family” her face lit up in a beautiful smile. Her true joy was, is, and will forever be, her family. Let us hold one another, lift one another up in love and share the gratitude that we have all been blessed by God having had this wonderful woman as our matriarch. Nonnie’s love will never fade, and our love for her will grow deeper with time as we continue to love each other. I love you all.
July 20, 2020
To Cathleen, Caren and family, I am so very sorry to hear of your mothers passing . I remember her as a very kind and compassionate woman, if you were in her house you definitely knew that you were welcome.I hadn’t seen her in a lot of years but thought of her often,......with my deepest sympathy.....Wayne Madden
July 20, 2020
I remember always being welcomed with open arms from linda with a really big smile and positive and careing conversation. She was always there at every family get together and always made it better for everyone. Her kindness and presence will be remembered forever.
Love you Linda
Larry Ford and family
July 19, 2020
Linda is going to be so missed. She was very much a part of the family at Wallace UMC. My prayers for the family. May Jesus hold your brokenness in the palm of His Hand.
I love you all.