Linda Lou Bathgate 62, of Pleasant Hill, MO, born March 1, 1958 in Kansas City, MO she passed away peacefully at home, Tuesday, April 15,2020.
She is survived by her husband Kerry Bathgate, sons Mark Tripses (Meagen) of Lee Summit, MO, Brandon Bathgate (Shauna) of Greenwood, MO, Jake Bathgate (Megan) of Urich, MO.
Daughters, Michelle Castro (David) of Kansas City, MO, Jennifer Driver of Greenwood, MO, Michelle Vogt (David) of Urich, MO. Twelve grandchildren; Tielor (24), Lexis (21), Lawna (16), Lauren (14), Aila (8), Landon (7), Grady (4), Bristol (4), Rylee (4), Avery (3), Addilyn (2), Beau (2). Three Brothers: Charlie, Gene, Dickie, and 2 Sisters: Mary and Betty.
She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Lucile (Craig) Rice, and siblings: Billy, Joe, Judy, and Donnie.
Linda was a devoted wife and mother, she made time for everyone. She always provided support and love for her family. She and Kerry worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for their kids. She would proudly boast about all twelve of her grandchildren. She would give her opinion without flinching or apology, but she never dismissed you for your choice and always welcomed you home when it didn’t work out. She may slide a little ‘I told you so’ into the conversation but it was met with a side of love and laughter. She would always tell you “everything happens for a reason.”
She loved the outdoors; on her favorite days you could find her on the boat with Kerry andone of the grandkids on Truman Lake fishing for crappie. Before devoting all her time to the family, Linda worked at Sanofi-Aventis(formally Marion Merrell Dow), for 20 years, retiring in 2012. After retirement, she enjoyed her new career as an owner in the family business, Perfection Connection.
“God gave me my wings, but Mom taught me how to fly” – Robin Fogle
Her favorite saying was “To accomplish great things, you must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” Her kids live by this today.
Linda will live on in our hearts forever.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the JDRF foundation.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Dickey Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Missouri.