Linda C. Haptonstall

May 4, 1939April 6, 2021

Linda Cooke Haptonstall of Granbury, Texas went to be with her Lord on April 6, 2021.

Linda was born May 4, 1939, in Washington D.C. to Ernest V. and Beatrice Mandler Cooke and grew up in the Arlington, Virginia area.

After moving to Texas with her family, she completed three degrees at Baylor University – the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Speech Pathology and Audiology and the Master of Science in Education. An educator for 30 years in Marlin ISD and Crowley ISD, she touched the lives of countless children as a speech therapist, special education teacher, and educational diagnostician. She was honored as Elementary Teacher of the Year during her tenure in Marlin ISD. After retiring from Crowley ISD, she continued working part-time as a speech pathologist for several Fort Worth charter schools and for Region XI Education Service Center, supervising distance learning classes for speech pathology students.

Linda was active in her church, particularly in the music program. She served as a church organist for more than forty years – first as a teenager subbing in her home church in Virginia, then for 19 years at First Baptist Church of Marlin, Texas, and most recently at Ridglea West Baptist Church in Fort Worth before retiring.

Linda loved Gospel music, concerts, and cruises and, after retirement, was able to enjoy several that combined those interests -- Gospel-themed cruises with Bill & Gloria Gaither and with Sandi Patty, and an Irish music-themed cruise with Celtic Thunder. But most especially, she loved her family – her two sons, daughter-in-law, two granddaughters, one grandson, and three great-grandsons, who were the light of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ernest V. Cooke, Jr.

She is survived by son Marcus Haptonstall and wife June of Azle; son Roger Haptonstall of Bremond; granddaughter Laura Miller and husband Matthew of Fort Worth; granddaughter Rachel Neal and husband Andrew of Fort Worth; grandson Steven Haptonstall of Waco; great-grandsons Ethan Miller, Elijah Miller, and Hudson Neal, all of Fort Worth; sister-in-law Beverly T. Cooke, niece Susan Davis and husband Dwayne, all of Sandpoint, Idaho; nephew Donald Cooke and wife Beth of Woodbridge, Virginia; friend and caregiver, Vicki Gilliam of Granbury; and numerous other extended family and friends.

The family has designated the American Bible Society for anyone who may wish to make a memorial donation in lieu of flowers.


  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021


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Peggy Polster

April 13, 2021

She was my sons speech pathologist in marlin about 1983. She was an extremely caring individual
My deepest sympathies.

Sonja Camden

April 13, 2021

From the Roberts Family, Tom, Arianne, and myself, we want to express our deepest condolences as we know Linda will be greatly missed. She was so gifted in so many ways, to include making three beautiful holiday Christmas stockings for my children that are treasured keepsakes; all with names, bling and the gift of her kind hands! May God's peace provide strength and peace in the days ahead as you cherish her incredible legacy!

Valerie Gilliam Barnett

April 12, 2021

I represent our family in saying you have our deepest condolences on the passing of our wonderful family friend, Linda. So happy we got to know and love her through the years. She will be missed.

Brian Burgoyne

April 12, 2021

See you on the other side sweet were the one who inspired me to apply to the Crowley ISD and I was soon working with you for many years thereafter... I always enjoyed visiting your office at were calming and serene yet had a sly sense of humor that helped all who worked with you make it through challenging times...