Linda Francis McKown

November 28, 1931February 21, 2013

YUKON, OKLAHOMA -- Linda Francis (Almeida) McKown, 81, of Yukon, passed away at home Feb. 21, surrounded by family after losing a long and gallant battle to cancer. She was the wife of Roland “Buck” McKown, a native Oklahoman, who is among the survivors she leaves. They said their wedding vows on April 16, 1953 in Newport, R.I. and would have celebrated their 60th anniversary this spring. She was the second youngest of sev¬en children born Nov. 28, 1931 in Fall River, Mass. to immigrant parents, the late Manual P. and Florence M. (Powell) Almeida. Her father came from St. Michaels in the Azores and her mother from Wales. Mrs. McKown grew up in Fall River, where she graduated from B.M.C. Durfee High School in 1949. She met her husband while she was working in the United Service Organizations Inc. (USO), a nonprofit organization that offers live entertainment, programs and other services to American troops and their families. Mr. McKown was in the Navy based in Newport at the time.They moved to Somerset where they lived many years and raised three children. Besides being a homemaker, Mrs. McKown held down several full-time jobs in the Fall River area for many years, including Stop & Shop, the American Automobile Association and a local insurance agency. While her family and job kept her busy, she was also very active in her church for many years at the old St. James Episcopal Church in Fall River, where she was baptized and later at the Church of Our Savior in Somerset. In 1972, Mr. McKown, with the support of his wife, decided to returned to his roots. So the family moved to Yukon, Okla. She continued to work in the insurance field in Oklahoma City, as she had for much of her life in Fall River. Settling into the Sooner State deepened Mrs. McKown’s faith. She worshiped regularly at the New Life Church and the Victory Christian Center. In 1981, Mrs. McKown made what she would look back on as the best trip of her lifetime, a personal pilgrimage to Israel to see the Holy Land. Over the years, she continued to make trips to the Fall River area, to visit family and friends and especially to worship with them in churches of various denominations. Mrs. McKown worked as a volunteer church cleaner for the Womens Guild. She was active in various good will projects, including Meals on Wheels. Her faith and prayer became the centerpiece of her life and she often stood as a pillar of love, strength and support in times of tragedy for family and friends. She would oc¬casionally back her faith by placing a blank personal check in an offering plate at church or at a Saturday dinner where a guest speaker gave testimony to his or her faith. When asked about it by a house guest one time, she responded that she could afford “anything for the Lord.” Often times while having breakfast in a restaurant after a Sunday church service, Mrs. McKown would lead a prayer for somebody she knew with a special need. One time it was for a nephew from Massachusetts, who had lost his newspaper job in Williamsburg, Va. The nephew traveled west to visit his aunt and stayed at her Yukon home for a month. On the morning that the nephew joined Mrs. Mckown and her church friends in a local pancake house, she instructed everyone at the table to lay hands on him. The group prayed for him to find a new job in his profession. The next day, the nephew was offered a job in Odessa, Tex. A few days later, he received his income tax return check from the IRS and headed to Texas to begin his new job. Mrs. McKown was the mother of the late Scott R. McKown; and the sister of the late Shirley (Almeida) Presten, Beverly Almeida, Joseph P. Almeida, Albert J. Almeida and Marie L. (Almeida) Vogler. Besides her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Shawn Lynne McKown-Wyer of Yukon; a son, Brett Michael McKown and wife Judy, of Piedmont , OK ; a brother, Kenneth C. Almeida of Rehoborth, Mass.; a sister-in-law, Betty Almeida, of Somerset, Mass.; grandchildren, Stacey Shea Webb and wife Jamie of Mustang, Okla,, Nichole Wyer Jett and hus-band Philip Jett, of Yukon, Mindy Wyer of Yukon, Angelique McKown, Lacey McKown;Brittany Chavez and great grandchildren, Desmend Wyer, Majaya Powell, Aidric Wyer, Serena Shea Webb, Sierra Shyian Webb and Wyatt Wesley Webb, all from Oklahoma. The Guardian Funeral Homes West Chapel, 5820 North West 41st St., Warr Acres, Oklahoma (405-495-9292) is handling the arrangements. A graveside service is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday in Cummings Cemetery Maud in Pottawatomie County, where she will join her late son Scott who died in a tragic accident at the age of 21. Her faith never waned. Contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. McKown to any charity in the fight against cancer.


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 26, 2013
  • Graveside Service Wednesday, February 27, 2013

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Jamie Goodwin

February 28, 2013

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.

wayne vogler

February 28, 2013


Billy Graham once said, "Millions of angels are at God's command". Well, my
Aunt Linda was one of those angels.
She was a wife,a mother,grandmother, sister,sister-in-law,aunt, and close friend
to many. These were just a few of the roles my aunt took on in life. Above all, she was a
God loving sole who gave much to many.
She was one of Manuel and Florence Almeida's seven children and grew up in
Fall River Massachusetts.She was the second youngest child in that family. She was
one of four girls along with Beverly, Shirley, and Marie. Linda also had three brothers,
whose names were Kenneth, Joseph, and Albert.
She graduated from Durfee High School in Fall River.She worked in the Insurance
field for much of her life in Fall River and Oklahoma City.
She married Roland McKown or "Uncle Buck" as I knew him. They lived in Somerset,
Ma. for a time and then moved to Yukon where she remained for the rest of her life. Her and Buck
would visit back home from time to time. She had three wonderful children, "Shawn, Brett, and Scott.
She lost Scott in an accident at a very young age. She was also fortunate to have grandchildren
whom she loved very much.
It was always a very special pleasure to talk with my aunt and uncle over the phone at special
times of the year. She was always interested in what was going on with the rest of the family as well
as keeping us up to date with what was going on in Yukon. It was always a conversation filled with much
information, wisdom, and love. I will miss those phonecalls.
My Aunt Linda and Uncle Buck had a very special relationship filled with wisdom and love for all those
they knew. In my mind they were both saints!
It will be nearly impossible to replace her pressence in our lives. She was a gift from God! She was always
there for us both physically and spiritually. I pray that we can be as supportive of her family as she was to each
of our own in their time of loss and need. Uncle Buck, Shawn, and Brett should know that they will be
in our thoughts and prayers for sometime to come.
I believe Aunt Linda is with the Lord and her loved ones who have gone before her. May she rest in peace!
God Bless You Aunt Linda!

Betty (Ryan) Horn

February 27, 2013

I'm so sorry about the loss of your wife, Buck. She must have been a wonderful woman to do all the things she did.

The Ryan family cared and cares about you very much. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Betty (Ryan) Horn

Joel Schumacher

February 26, 2013

Just letting you know you are all in our thoghts and prayers.It is never easy saying good bye, but remember she is in a far better place and no more illness to fight.
The Schumachers,
Joel,Tonia,Sara and Lydia

shawn wyer

February 26, 2013

love you mom be at peace with jesus.

Don and Sammie Reed

February 26, 2013

Dear old friend, Buck: I have good memories of our early school years in Maud and have always remembered you as a valued, good friend. We never knew your wife, but she must have been a lovely, good person and Sammie and I send our condolences and sympathy to you and yours at this sad time. Don and Sammie (Butler) Reed

Michael Bullock

February 25, 2013

We pray the love of God enfolds you. We send you thoughts of comfort. We loved Auntie Linda because of her caring and honest spirit.


Michael and Linda Bullock

Leslie Almeida

February 25, 2013

We are all very sad in Rehoboth Ma today. We all loved aunt Linda and she was a very cool lady. I am sure cousin Brett and Shawn and others will help uncle Buck through this difficult time. Linda's brother Kenneth is especially sad as his health will prevent him from traveling to Oklahoma.

We will all miss aunt Linda - with love - from Leslie and Pamela Almeida and Lindas brother Kenneth.

February 24, 2013

Buck and Family,

Sorry to hear of your loss. May God comfort you during this time.

Mary Ellen Ryan-Donahue

Mark Vogler

February 24, 2013

Love you, Aunt Linda.
May God bless you always.