OBITUARY

Linda Whitt Cardwell

June 28, 1945July 4, 2020
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Linda Whitt Cardwell went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on July 4, 2020. Visitation will be held on July 9, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. followed by funeral services on July 10, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Anderson-Clayton Bros. Funeral Home in Terrell, Texas. Burial will follow at Oakland Memorial Park in Terrell, Texas.

Whitt was born on June 28, 1945 to Carter Whitt and Ruth Mae Sturgeon Whitt in Little Rock, Arkansas. She graduated from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Texas and the University of Alabama. At Bama she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and met her husband. She spent 28 years as an elementary school teacher and instilled a love of books and reading in her students. Whitt retired from Nocona ISD in 2012 and relocated to McKinney, Texas. She never met a stranger and had an affinity for making new friends. She spent her time in McKinney volunteering in the youth program at Citychurch and attending multiple Bible studies during the week. Her family and friends will remember her as a loving woman of faith with a keen sense of humor and a unique ability to see the light in every child.

She is survived by her brother, Dr. Michael Whitt; daughter Whitney Cardwell and husband Jim Holcomb, Jr.; daughter Meghan Cardwell-Wilson and husband Bascom Wilson, and their child Lucy Wilson; nephew Garrett Whitt; and niece Lazuli Whitt and husband Whitman Shenk, and their children Ozzie and Huck.

For memorial contributions the family has designated the Whitt Cardwell Scholarship Fund at Citychurch Youth Outreach, 320 Industrial Boulevard #202, McKinney, Texas 75069.

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020

Memories

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Vanessa Otis

July 16, 2020

My dear friend and neighbor will be missed. We shared so many laughs and good times together. So blessed to have known her. Rest In Peace, Whitt. Love, Vanessa

Lynette McGregor

July 11, 2020

I enjoyed knowing Whitt in my Wednesday ladies Bible study. She will be missed when we gather again. With sympathy to the family.
Lynette McGregor

Shirley O’Neal

July 10, 2020

I’ve always enjoyed spending time with Whitt. She had a smile that would light up any room she walked in. We had some really good times together on motorcycle rides. Her two girls were the light
of her life. My heart hurts to know you’ve lost her. What a sad day. Sending both you girls love n prayers. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

Linda Frost

July 10, 2020

Whitney and Meghan, I am so very sorry. Your mom was a precious friend. She was always so proud of you. We don’t have to wonder or worry about where she is now! You and your families are in my prayers. God bless.

Karen Howard

July 10, 2020

I was so sorry to find out your mom had passed away. She loved her family to the moon and back. I was a fellow educator who taught Whitney in first grade and Whitt was a great volunteer. She will be missed. She was a great example of unconditional love.❤️

Suzan Cardwell

July 9, 2020

1968, early morning, an unfamiliar voice woke me. Someone talking to Mamma? Laughing. Must be "my ole long tall skinny blonde" my brother said he might bring home. Whitt -- what kind of name was that? When I stumbled to the kitchen, there she was, bobbing and dancing, talking to Mamma while she cooked breakfast. "My name's Linda, but everyone calls me Whitt." She was fun. She talked to my little brother Tom and I like we mattered, like she cared. In a house of Cardwells prone to talk little and no small talk at all, she was novel and a delight. Tom was a couple of years older than Lucy is now. He so loved Whitt, he followed her to the bathroom, waiting outside the door until she came out. We had great times that summer. To the carnival, dressed in chartreuse, one-piece, pleated, culotte dress a foot above her knees, her legs went on forever. She turned every head in Nocona. The next day, in a blue polka dot bikini, playing frisbe in the front yard, Whitt caused a parade of cars by 200 Dallas Street. Whitt was exotic and exciting in a town of 2781. We had secret adventures to check out the last girlfriend without Whitt being detected. On our own one afternoon, we went to Gainesville to see Rosemary's Baby. Before the end, we were hiding in our seats holding hands in fright. When the lights came up and we turned to leave, we were the only people in the theater except the ticket man and popcorn man in the back row. Instantly we ran hard for the door, laughing and silly once outside. We walked miles window shopping. Whitt had such great taste, my pearls a tribute to her taste. Whitt was such fun, it was just cool to be with her. Great memories. Much missed.

Liz Murphy

July 9, 2020

I met Whit as one of the Dining Divas. She was such a friend to all she met and was always up for doing something fun. Whit was a beautiful person both inwardly and outward. She will be missed.

Jan Porter

July 8, 2020

What a joy Whitt was to my life! She was always smiling and saw humor in everything. I met her at church in Ladies Bible Study and we quickly pulled her into our Dining Divas group on Friday nights. She kept us laughing! Her heart was so big and giving. She spoke lovingly about her family and the word “Lucy” was always on her lips. We have all lost a jewel of a person, but Heaven has gained her awesome soul. The pictures are amazing since I’ve only known her for a few years. May God wrap the family in grace and comfort. Thank you for sharing Whitt with the rest of us!

Jan Ball

July 8, 2020

Thank you for sharing the wonderful pictures. Whitt's gift to the world is showing the rest of us how to live each day with laughter and love. Her smile could brighten the grayest of days. We met at Water Aerobics class in McKinney. We shared stories of our daughters and granddaughters often. Lucy was a source of constant delight to Whitt! All of you brought so much joy to her! Thank you for contributing to the person that I knew by loving her so well.

Kelly Taylor

July 8, 2020

I met Whitt on a hot summer afternoon a few years ago at the neighborhood pool. She was there swimming and having fun with her daughter Meghan and granddaughter Lucy. I could tell Whitt never met a stranger and I gravitated toward her laughter and smile. We all were chatting it up when in walked the most attractive man I think we all had ever seen. The chatting stopped and all of the sudden we were all silent. Whitt then said something like "We may get older but still always appreciate an attractive fellow." We laughed and continued talking and swimming for another hour. When the handsome fellow left we all got silent again and watched him walk toward the door and there was Whitt "Y'all want me to follow him home and see where he lives... hold on, I will try to move fast... well, by the time I make it out of the pool I will have lost him." We all roared with laughter. She was an amazing woman and will always be remembered. My condolences to Meghan, Bascom, Lucy and the whole family. Sending our love and prayers.

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Mike, Linda, and Ruth Whitt

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