Sunday, April 14, 2024


Linda J. Edwards, 74

Linda Jean Edwards, a longtime resident of Westport and music and special education teacher in Westport and Weston, died Dec. 14 at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Galesburg, Ill. of metastatic carcinoma. She was 74. Image
Linda Edwards: music and special ed teacher. Contributed photo

She was born Oct/ 8, 1941 in Monmouth, Ill., the daughter of Howard G. and Regena L. Miller. She graduated from Western Illinois University in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in music. 

She married Larry L. Edwards on Dec. 26, 1965. He preceded her in death on Jan. 6, 1998. 

She was a music and special education teacher in the Westport and Weston schools for more than 30 years.  She was an active member with the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.

She was an avid bridge player, a talented musician and singer. She played several instruments, including the tuba, double string bass, accordion, clarinet and piano. She often played instruments in community bands,  bell choirs, and sang for many years in the church choir.

She was active in her community and served as a volunteer with the American Red Cross, Girl Scouts, STAR, Inc., and United Methodist Women.

She was a dedicated friend to many, often serving as a tireless caregiver to those in need. She had a wonderful laugh and an unwavering love for her family, who will miss her deeply.

She is survived by her daughter Sara (Anthony) Asuncion of Bethesda, Md., son Mark (Megan) Edwards of Westport, five grandchildren: Michael and Evan Asuncion, Jack, Eliza and Finn Edwards. Also surviving is her father, Howard Miller of Monmouth, one brother Gary (Mary Jo Hunter) Miller of St. Louis, Mo., and one sister Rhonda K. (Jennifer Clarke) Miller of Lewisburg, Pa. She was also preceded in death by her mother.

A memorial service will take place on Saturday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston, 49 Weston Road. 

Memorial contributions may be sent to the United Methodist Church of Westport and Weston.

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