Linda K. Talmadge-Luna

October 10, 1958July 23, 2018
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Linda Kate Talmadge (Luna), 59, of Evans, died Monday, July 23, 2018 at her home. She was born on October 10, 1958 in Greeley to Silvan R. Jr. and Elvira (Martinez) Talmadge.

Linda graduated from Greeley Central High School in 1976. She attended UNC for two years. Linda was a lifelong member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and a member of the Pioneer Post VFW Auxiliary.

On August 22, 1987, Linda married John Luna at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. She was the love of John’s life.

Linda worked for Weld County Department of Human Services Head Start for 20 years. She was dedicated to the Head Start Program and always loved working with the Migrant families during the summer. Linda was also a Victim’s Advocate for the Greeley Police Department for many years. She also volunteered for the Red Cross.

Linda loved flowers, dancing, cooking for her family, shopping online and Michael Jackson. Linda was a diehard Bronco fan. She enjoyed traveling to Texas, New Mexico and California. She also enjoyed visiting the casinos in Blackhawk. Linda had a heart of gold and would help anyone in need. She always put others before herself. Most important to her was her family, especially the little children in her life. She lived for her husband, daughter, granddaughters, and her god children.

Linda is survived by her husband, John; daughter, Melissa Salinas (Anthony) of Evans; sisters, Helen Motis (Daniel) of Greeley, Mary Vasquez (Manuel) of San Diego, California, Gloria Fichialos of College Station, Texas, Ruth Trujillo (Julian) of Berthoud and Caroline Martinez (Casey) of Greeley; twin brothers, Wilbert Talmadge of Longmont and Wilford Talmadge of Greeley and brother, Abraham Talmadge of Evans; grandchildren, Adriana Ruiz and Ava Ruiz, numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many close friends.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kati Frances Luna on July 30, 1989, infant twin sisters, Janice and Janet and her parents.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 31, 2018 followed by Recitation of the Rosary at 7:00 p.m. both at Stoddard Funeral Home, 3205 West 28th Street, Greeley. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 915 12th Street, Greeley.


  • John Luna, Husband
  • Melissa Salinas & Anthony Ruiz, Daughter & Son in law
  • Helen & Daniel Motis, Sister & Brother in law
  • Mary & Manuel Vasquez, Sister & Brother in Law
  • Gloria Fichialos, Sister
  • Ruth & Julian Trujilo, Sister & Brother in law
  • Caroline & Casey Martinez, Sister & Brother in law
  • Wilbert Talmadge, Brother
  • Wilford Talmadge, Brother
  • Abraham Talmadge, Brother
  • Adriana Ruiz, Granddaughter
  • Ava Ruiz, Granddaughter
  • Linda is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and many close friends.

  • Wilbert Talmadge
  • Wilford Talmadge
  • Abraham Talmadge
  • Anthony Ruiz
  • Andrew Clark
  • Rawlen Cervantes
  • Alfonso Luna Jr.
  • Emilio Luna
  • John "JJ" Luna
  • Alfredo Luna


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Recitation of the Rosary Tuesday, July 31, 2018
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Linda K. Talmadge-Luna

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Sharon Blum Coult

August 3, 2018

So many memories. Us at teenage years hanging out together at Glenmere park. She had me help her teach a sunday school class at their church. I still have a statue of the virgin Mary that the children gave me, and always have kept by my bed. I have gone through many things in my life and gotten rid of unwanted things, this has, always remained 40+ years later. She touched my life forever. And just being friends. Time passed and we lost contact. Linda moved in next to my mom and we found each other again. Best friends once again. She was always there for me and for my mom. Her heart was and is still so full of love. I could call her anytime night or day and she would answer, and listen. She has been my rock in the past few years. Always there, always listening. I can still hear her laughter. Always caring and so full of love for everyone. Never a cross word for anyone. It has taken awhile for it to sink in that she is no longer on earth, but i do believe she us watching out for each and every one of us. I am so blessed to have known her and the family. My heart breaks for you. God blessed me by having Linda as my friend.

Marilyn Carlino

August 1, 2018

I had the great pleasure of working with Linda for many years. She not only was a great co-worker but a great person. She has passed from this life way too early and I wish her a blessed journey to heaven. I wish her family peace in the memories of such a great Mom and wife and friend. She will be an angel watching over us all.

Bessie Anthony

July 31, 2018

I had the pleasure of meeting Linda through Head Start. I was Melissa's preschool teacher. Linda was a great co-worker and friend... We shared a lot of laughs and I have been blessed by seeing Melissa through out the years grow into a beautiful woman and now a mother..I'm sure Linda enjoyed seeing Melissa becoming a mother as well, there is no greater gift than that. My heart is heavy for all of you as you go forward each day without Linda. May God give you comfort...

Brenda McDonald

July 31, 2018

I worked with Linda more than 20 years ago. I wanted to learn how to make green chili and she said there was no recipe, you had to watch and learn first hand. She gave me the grocery list (including ingredients for margaritas) and it was a very fun afternoon. I so enjoyed the times I was honored to spend with Linda. I did meet John and Melissa several times (John, you helped me carry the plaid green couch up from the basement) and it was evident that the 3 of you were in love with each other. I am so sorry for your loss, and will include Linda's family in my prayers.


July 31, 2018

Caroline and Casey My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. The sorry you feel today will be overshadowed by the wonderful memories you have of your sister, sister-in-law, and aunt. God Bless you and your family.

Michele Nyblade

July 31, 2018

I am very sad that I only got to meet Linda once at Melissa’s baby shower. From what I have been told I think we could have been great friends. I know she was a great mother and friend to Melissa and her attributes shine in her daughter. I am blessed to have Melissa in my life. Linda installed great strength and courage in Melissa which will get her through this difficult time. Graciously watch over your family as their guardian angel and give them signs of your everlasting love.

JoDel Flores

July 28, 2018

I've known Melissa for a while now and didn't have the pleasure of meeting Linda until recent years. The times that I saw her she always had a smile and was very welcoming. I may not have known her well but I know by the way she raised her daughter that she had to be a great person. I see the pictures Melissa posts and how important Linda is to her family and I know she will always be watching over them from heaven especially Melissa and her girls , and John. My condolences to you all, may God help you through this difficult time and may Linda walk in paradise.

Cindy Campos

July 28, 2018

I met Linda (my shorty smalls) in 2001 as she became my supervisor at Weld County Migrant Head Start in Olathe CO. She taught me a big chunk of what I know today, we soon hit it off and she became more then just a coworker she became a good friend. I will miss her dearly. MAY SHE REST IN PEACE💜🌺🌹🌷

Norma Fritchell

July 27, 2018

I worked with Linda years ago at Head start in the late 1980s but I just saw her last summer and even went to a yard sale at her house. She of course remembered me and always spoke when ever we saw each other after our years of working together. She always had such a big smile to go with her big heart. She loved her family dearly. I am truly sorry for your loss. Her dedication to the Head Start families and children will never be forgotten by the people who worked with her and knew her. My prayers are with her family. May she rest in eternal peace with our Lord and Savior.

Betty Martinez

July 27, 2018

Linda was always an angel. Linda had so much respect for others. She raised her daughter Melissa with the same respect. Always giving hugs and love. Linda was never negative. I will always remember the love she had for her mother. Always missing her mother. And showing my mom love and respect. Sweet Angel Linda you are now with your mother. Our dear lord needed you. You will always be loved and missed. My condolences to Melissa,John and grandchildren and siblings. Our dear Lord always takes the best. Our prayers are with you all.