Linda Kathleen Chaffin, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on September 20, 2019 at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado at the age of 70.
Linda was born on July 23, 1949 in Oberlin, Kansas to Walter and Mabel (Bickett) Kennedy. She and her older sister, Twila, were raised in rural Decatur County. Linda graduated from Decatur County High School in 1967. Although encouraged to explore a different career path, Linda adamantly knew her professional calling was for the nursing field, and as a result she graduated as a Registered Nurse from Stormont Vail Nursing School in 1970.
Linda and Paul Duane Chaffin were united in marriage on August 8, 1971 in Oberlin, Kansas. They have been married 48 years and are parents to Melanie and Marc.
As a long-time resident of Goodland, KS, Linda was known as a genuine friend and admired for her strong faith in God. She had a love of gardening, reading, baking, crocheting, traveling, and music of all kinds. Linda was happiest planning or hosting dinners for family, friends, and church fellowship. She enjoyed a book club with her library friends and was an avid supporter of her children’s and grandchildren’s many activities. Linda was a member of Calvary Gospel Church and served on the Goodland Churches Thrift Shop Board.
Fulfilling her life’s calling as a nurse, Linda retired from Goodland Regional Medical Center in 2015 after 45 years of nursing, yet she kept her license current and continued her mission of care-giving in daily life. She performed many roles, including floor, surgical, and clinical nursing with dignity and compassion. Linda had great pride in her profession and continued to stay connected with many friends and colleagues through the years. She modeled the nursing oath of service through her actions.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and brother-in-law, Dwayne Scott.
She is survived by her loving husband, Paul, her daughter, Melanie (Travis) Daise, her son Marc (Cynthia) Chaffin, and her adoring grandchildren, Jackson Daise, Allison Daise, Olivia Chaffin, and Bridget Chaffin, all of Goodland, KS, and a sister Twila Scott of Gardner, KS. She is also survived by her dear friend Rowena Fabella of Chicago, IL, and numerous extended family, nieces, nephews, and friends.