Edith Doris "Doll" Linder, age 91 of Broken Bow, died June 10, 2011, after a long respiratory illness, surrounded by her family and under the loving care of the staff of Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church in Broken Bow. Visitation will be Friday, June 17, from 8 a.m. till 8 p.m., with family receiving friends from 6-7 p.m. at Govier Brothers Funeral Home.
Doll was born Sept. 22, 1919, in Las Vegas, N.M. to Edith M. (Forbes) and Albert F. Blackburn. She moved to Grand Island in 1925, where she grew up and graduated from Grand Island High School.
In November 1942, in Lubbock, Texas, the former Ms. Blackburn was united in marriage to Chester Linder where he was in Glider Pilot training. After WWII Doll and Chet made their home in Grand Island where their four children were born. In 1961, they moved to Broken Bow, where they opened the Chet Linder Insurance Agency.
Doll was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star, BPOE Does, loving mother, avid golfer and bridge player. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, swimming, crocheting and traveling.
Doll and Chet were members of the WWII Glider Pilots Association and after Chet died, her son Joe made sure that she was able to continue to attend the reunions. She was proud to have donated over 50 gallons of blood in her life, but was most proud of her loving children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her sons, David (Bonnie) of Colorado Springs, Colo., Joseph of Broken Bow, Mark (Helen) of Madison, Wisc., and her daughter Becky (Ted) Christen of Scottsbluff. She also leaves behind grandchildren, Alissa (Lt. Col. Steve) Edwards, Grant Linder, Christina (Jeremy) Chisum, Mark (Erin) Linder, Jenny Linder; step-grandchildren, Lindsay Christen and Ashley Christen; six great-grandchildren; one step great-grandchild, and numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Mrs. Linder was preceded in death by her husband Chet in 1989. She was the last survivor of eight brothers and sisters, Helen Blackburn McElroy, Byron Blackburn, Lucile Blackburn Fagin, Albert Blackburn, Edward Blackburn, William Black-burn, and Barbara Blackburn Kratz.
Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy in Mrs. Linder's name are encouraged to do so to the First Presbyterian Church, 925 North H Street, Broken Bow, NE 68822
Published in Custer County Chief, June 16, 2011