Linda Jean Cousins
August 17, 1964 – April 3, 2018
Linda Jean Cousins August 2, 1964 – April 3, 2018
Linda Jean Cousins, 53, of Castle Rock, passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Memorial services will be held on Monday, April 9, 2018, 11:00am – 12:00pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 950 Plum Creek Blvd, in Castle Rock, Colorado. Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12:00pm – 1:00pm at Green Hill Cemetery, 455 N 15th St, in Laramie, Wyoming.
She is survived by her parents, Carolyn and Stephen Tully, of Loveland Colorado; husband, Monty of Castle Rock; son, Michael, and granddaughter, Hylah of Boise, Idaho; son, Cade of Joplin, Missouri; brother, Stephen Jr of Jessup, Maryland; and all of their families.
Linda was born at Eglin AFB, near Niceville, Florida, into an Air Force family. She had multiple homes in her early years including Spangdahlem and Bitburg Germany, Laramie, Wyoming, Plattsmouth, Nebraska, and Wichita, Kansas. Linda loved learning her entire life, and was an honor student throughout her school years. She attended high school in Plattsmouth and Wichita where she played saxophone in the band and was a member of the volleyball team.
Linda continued her education at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and completed an Associate degree at Laramie County Community College as a Licensed Practical Nurse in 1984. She worked in multiple jobs over the years including nurse, bank teller, library worker, and independent business owner. Her talents and creativity were showcased with her cake baking business in the beautiful wedding and anniversary cakes that she created.
Linda’s greatest joys in life were with her family as a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. She married her best friend and the love of her life, Monty Dale Cousins, of Laramie, on September 8, 1984. Linda and Monty raised two sons, Michael and Cade. Linda enjoyed countless adventures in the outdoors with her family including hiking, skiing, biking, fishing, camping, and RVing. Linda and Monty welcomed new daughters into their lives with their sons’ marriages and recently became grandparents with the birth of their first granddaughter, Hylah Jane.
Linda will always be remembered by those who knew her for her honesty, kindness, selfless acts of service, love, and friendship. May God protect and keep you Linda, until we meet again.
- Dave MacPherson
- Ed Rodgers
- Derek Tully (Monday)
- Kyle Astin (Tuesday)
- Mark Tully
- Jeff Crim
- Rick Witt
- Linda Loved books. She loved to read, research, and learn. In lieu of flowers or other gifts please donate to your local public library in her name.
- Memorial Service Monday, April 9, 2018
- Committal Service Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Linda Jean Cousins
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April 9, 2018
Cade and I were best friends growing up and so I knew Linda as Sister Cousins. Sister Cousins was one of the cool moms growing up. Every time I was at the Cousin house she was always friendly and kind. In addition to always providing food or snacks she also let us boys be boys. This meant paintball in the backyard, riding dirt bikes and whatever else we could come up with, even though injury was sometimes the result of what we were doing.
One of the most fun memories that I have about Sister Cousins happened one night when Cade and I were having a sleep over at the Cousin house. That night we decided to go toilet paper a friends house. Wanting to do this caper under the cover of darkness we decided to go at 3 am. Once Sister Cousins discovered our plans, she not only allowed it but offered to be our getaway driver.
So one pitch black morning at 3 AM, Cade and I grabbed our backpacks. Each stuffed full with rolls of toilet paper. Not exaggerating I think we had about 48 rolls total. We loaded up in the car with Sister Cousins ready and waiting behind the wheel. She drove us to our drop off point and sat on the side of the road, blackout, waiting for us to return. After Cade and I disposed of a criminal amount of toilet paper we ran back to where Sister Cousins was parked patiently waiting and we made the perfect getaway.
Cindy "Lou Lou" Hutcheson
April 8, 2018
I am a cousin to Monte. We have always been close and grew closer after Linda was added to the "Cousins" family!
We would talk on cell phones for hours only to realize our plans had no more minutes!! I would call her from Denver to see if we could meet up while my daughter was attending a class in the Denver Tech Center every other weekend.. I could talk about everything in my life and she would laugh and call me the "crazy girl" and we would laugh alot..
My brother James would be in town and I would call and make plans to meet at a restaurant and visit for a few hours to catch up and laugh about old times..sharing all our memories of our childhood adventures together. I'm sure these visits we're highlights of his trips home from Brasil. Girl..I will see you again just saying.
April 8, 2018
Linda is one of 7 first cousins I have on the Tully side of the family. Of the seven, four have now passed. I remember when she and her parents (my aunt and uncle) and brother would come to Florida to visit with us and our Tully grandparents. She always made me laugh. She was very sweet and loving. She had cute nicknames for my parents who she called UB (Uncle Bill) and AL (Aunt Lee). Even though we didn't get to visit as often as we'd like, she will be sorely missed. We stayed in touch via phone calls and Christmas cards and her Christmas newsletters. Now she is an added angel to watch over us. Interestingly enough, I had a dream last night that she and my mother were visiting me while I slept. It was just a feeling but it felt so real. Rest well cousin Linda. (I thought I already entered this yesterday but it didn't show up so I'm doing it again.)
April 8, 2018
Family was always Linda’s top priority, she was devoted, loving, down to earth, always looking out for others, sharing, caring, always trying to connect people, to help others, to share her research, always asking questions to try to help.
For all the years I/we have known her, Linda threw herself into new ventures and interests. She was always working on something special and personalized for people, for occasions or holidays, or just for the heck of it. I remember her looking everywhere, including antique shops, for the wooden children’s alphabet building blocks to use for handles on the boy’s dresser when they were little.
We met and married due to Linda and Monty introducing us, and Linda not only made our Wedding Cake (best cake ever) but made us a Wedding Candle with our wedding napkin embossed on it. I remember her making international food dinners, designing/remodeling their house in Bailey, always talking about new things and places they discovered, sharing travel information, going hiking or dirt biking anywhere from around Castle Rock to the mountains – most recently to Iron Fens and old mines on Guanella Pass. She told me about new books myself or the kids might like, including the first Twilight book, she thought that this might really be something teens would get into – boy was she right! All the wonderful homemade food and gifts she did for others. Always trying to do it right, make it the best possible – whatever “it” was. Her personalized gifts were in creative packaging, and she occasionally ran late because she wanted to get something “just right” for someone.
Anything I have said won’t come close to defining or relaying what Linda was, to me, to us, or to others. I rarely saw her not smiling, she was almost always smiling – especially with her eyes. The only times she didn’t, were because she was concerned for others, trying to figure out, and do whatever she could, to make their lives better.
April 8, 2018
What I won't be able to forget the most of all, is the way she made me feel. Linda gave the very best hugs. She made me feel so loved, like her own daughter. Her smile was so warm, like sunshine. Everything she did and said was so thoughtful, she had wisdom beyond her years. I loved how she knew what was most important in life and filled her life with love and kindness to others. I hope I can be a mom like her someday. Every memory I have of Linda and Monty is so precious to me. Sending big hugs to Monty and family!!!! My heart breaks for you and my prayers are turned to you. Sending all our love.
April 7, 2018
What I remember most about Linda is her love of "elf-ing."
Unbeknownst to Cade and I, Linda convinced Monty and her parents to make a last-minute, surprise visit to Joplin a few days before Christmas 2017--before Cade and I flew to North Carolina to visit my family. They packed up the RV with Cade-approved foods & Christmas gifts galore, drove 11+ hours from Colorado to Missouri to find that both Cade and I were not home!
Several hours later, I came home from work to find lights and sparkly snowflakes on my door. Soon after, a van pulled up to the house and Linda's voice called out, "Jenna?" Linda and the family had been looping around the neighborhood, waiting to see when Cade or I came home. She had planned to surprise us by dressing the family up as elves, knocking on our door, and singing the Muppet Christmas Carole. This was so like Linda. Every effort was worth the sacrifice to bring light and cheer to her loved ones.
We didn't have much time together, Linda, but I miss you. Watching the effect that your absence has on your family, especially your husband and boys, breaks my heart. God be with you until we meet again.
April 6, 2018
When trying to think of a memory about Linda, I struggled. Not because I couldn't think of any, but rather because there were so many positive moments that I had had the privilege of sharing with her. I realized that the sum of all of these kind, selfless, fun, and awesome little moments in time would be the thing that I would remember most about Linda. She truly lived a life worth living . Her positive influence and spirit will live on through all of the individuals she has touched.
April 6, 2018
What a blessing it was to know Linda. I had the privilege of first meeting her at the library where we both started working at approximately the same time. She was a true joy to be around. Always a smile on her face and helping others. She was a dear friend and I will miss her greatly. I pray you will all feel the Lord’s peace and presence during this difficult time.
April 6, 2018
When Cade and I were 17 we used to visit Springfield Ohio to visit some friends (they were girls) we always had a curfew when we went to Springfield. Linda and Monty happened to be in Beavercreek visiting Michael and Cade. Cade and I were suppose to be home by midnight and it was an hour drive. At 11pm we decided we needed to head home to barely make curfew. On the way home we were hit by a huge blizzard. To make a long story short we were driving through fields (on accident) and we ended up getting home after 1am. At the time it had only rained in Beavercreek so no one believed us when we told them there was a blizzard and that is why we did not make it home on time. I remember Linda telling me that she believed me just not Cade. Linda was a fun loving mother I saw it first hand. I will always remember Linda as my mom on the west side.
April 6, 2018
This is when Mom and Dad came out to Boise shortly after Hylah was born in early 2017. Mom took to being a grandma like a fish to water.
It breaks my heart to know that she had such a short time to experience 'grandma-hood' here in the mortal life because she was already the best at it.
I know that families are forever, and after this life I'm excited for Hylah to know my mom - her grandma; she is the most loving, kind, and selfless person I've ever known. And, I'm only one of two people in the whole world who got to call her, "Mom".