Linda E. Dansby

June 28, 1936February 3, 2019

Linda E. Dansby, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 in Lansing, Mich. upon a kiss from her devoted husband of 62 years, William (Bill) Dansby, while holding the hands of daughters, Melanie Natarajan and Angela Dansby.

She was born June 28, 1936 in Jacksonville, Fla. to Wilmer and Sinah (Moore) Shiver. After marrying Bill, the two spent several years in northern Florida before moving to East Lansing, Mich., where they raised their daughters. Linda worked at Michigan State University as an administrative assistant first for a professor, then for the College of Human Medicine before retiring in 2005.

Linda was an active member of the Lansing community, involved with the Junior League of Lansing, Kresge Art Museum, HELO Club, Wharton Center Inner Circle and White Hills Book Club among other organizations. She was an avid gardener, talented pianist, memorable entertainer, supporter of the arts and proponent of all things beautiful.

Affectionately known as “Mrs. Manners” and the “Hostess with the Mostess,” Linda was the epitome of grace and class. She was known for her beauty, Southern hospitality, kindness, sensitivity, inclusiveness, enthusiasm, energy and fashion. Her family-oriented values touched the lives of many.

In addition to her husband and children, Linda will be lovingly remembered by her son-in-law, Sean Natarajan; nephew, Dane Leslie; step-granddaughter, Dr. Kelly Natarajan and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Betty Leslie.

Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 7 pm at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Chapel, 1730 E. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. A memorial service will be held Thursday, Feb. 7 at 11 am at The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Linda’s burial will be at Sarasota National Cemetery followed by a celebration of her life.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be made to the Junior League of Lansing Endowment Fund,1231 Michigan Ave, Suite 204, East Lansing, MI 48823 or The Peoples Church, 200 W. Grand River Ave., East Lansing 48823.

Online condolences may be expressed at


  • Wilmer and Sinah (Moore) Shiver, Parents
  • William "Bill" Dansby, Husband
  • Betty Leslie, Sister
  • Melanie (Sean) Natarajan, Daughter
  • Angela Dansby, Daughter
  • Dane Leslie, Nephew
  • Dr. Kelly Natarajan, Step-granddaughter
  • Linda will be lovingly remembered by many dear friends.

  • Junior League of Lansing Endowment Fund
  • The Peoples Church


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 6, 2019
  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 7, 2019

Linda E. Dansby

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Brian Dolphin

February 8, 2019

Bill: First of all Betty Ann and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your daughters at Linda's passing. It was a pleasure to get to know her throughout my 7 years on the MOA BOARD. We sure had some good times together. Linda was always gracious.

With sympathy, Brian and
Betty Ann Dolphin

Bob and Jane Carter

February 6, 2019

Bill and family,

So sorry to hear about Linda's passing. She was a great lady. I am happy for you that you and the family were there with her at her passing. Jane and I have great memories of the two of you from our MOA/AOA years together. You two were great ambassadors for our profession here in the state and nationally.

Sincerely and with sympathy,


Mary Liechty

February 6, 2019

Linda was always so gracious whenever she saw me, making me feel welcome. She always had a smile on her face and each time said we should have lunch together sometime. She was a lady who shined in this community and we are better to have known her. My condolences. Mary Liechty

John Greenslit

February 6, 2019

Bill and Family,
Please accept our deepest and most sincere condolences in the loss of Linda. We were delighted to have many wonderful social events via the Capitol Club, MSU and the community events with both of you.
Linda's poise, dignity and grace made us always feel welcome, as her presence always stood out without being condescending. Her stature and involvement will certainly be missed. Thank you for sharing a few moments in our lives with her.
John and Pat Greenslit

Rose and Bill Ralls

February 6, 2019

Amid our sadness, we celebrate the life of our dear friend, Linda Dansby, always a
gracious, thoughtful, intelligent , lovely, courageous lady who shared her
beauty and love of life and many good times with us.


February 5, 2019

Linda and Bill have been good friends for nearly sixty years. We share your grief at the loss of Linda. We treasure the memories of meals, parties, and bridge games we had with her. Gloria was born the same day as Linda and they bonded with their Southern heritage. She was a wonderful person, and we are fortunate to have had her as a friend.

Jim and Gloria Pocock

Rich & Lori Hall

February 5, 2019

Our love and prayers are with you all through this time of great grief. Our love and prayers are with you. Aunt Linda was an amazing and beautiful woman who brought the brightness and beauty into our world. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten.

We love you all!
Rich, Lori, Dani, Brennan, Stephanie, Robby, Curtis, Nora, Tiffany, and Preston

Suzanne Mott Dansby

February 5, 2019

Linda was most gracious and talented, as well as a loving and dedicated mother and wife.
Melanie, Angela, and Bill, you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss and grief.
Suzanne Mott Dansby

Bishop and Laura Dansby

February 4, 2019

Bill, I remember when I heard that cousin “Billy” was marrying a blond from Georgia, although it must have been Jacksonville! Since you, Sherrill and Don were 13-14 years older than me, I would have been a young boy at the time. I had the impression you and Linda never looked back, swept forward by one of the most optimistic periods in American history. A life admirably lived and to be continued by you and your daughters.

Mickey Dansby

February 4, 2019

I just wanted to add this photo I took a few years ago. What a beautiful lady!