Linda Jane Denning, 60, unexpectedly passed away on September 30, 2017 of a pulmonary embolism at her home in Russell, Kansas.
She was the youngest of five siblings, the daughter of Cyril (C.J.) and Margaret Denning. She is survived by her sisters, Mary Ann Denning (Jim) Anschutz, Midland, Michigan, Jean Denning (Mike) Festa, Unionville, Connecticut and brothers Carl Denning, Russell, Kansas, John Denning (Carole), Gainesville, Virginia, nieces, Alicia Anschutz-Grazioli, Northville, Michigan, Susan Denning-Unger, Lexington, South Carolina, nephew David Denning, Grapevine, Texas, aunt Virginia Wasinger, Hays, Kansas and uncle Elmo Dauber Salina, Kansas.
Linda graduated from Russell High School in 1975. Early in her career she held the position of News Director at KRSL Radio Russell, Kansas. Later she became the Program Manager at the Smokey Hills Public Television Station in Bunker Hill, Kansas. A few years later she moved to Manhattan, Kansas to pursue a degree at Kansas State University. After living in Austin, Texas for a short time, she returned to Manhattan, Kansas accepting a position at Fort Riley, Kansas as a military housing property manager.
Linda truly lived life to the fullest through the simple pleasures of caring for and deeply loving her pets, Henry, Libby, Rusty and Alco. Her intelligence and creativity was apparent in every project she undertook. She was a passionate reader and loved the arts and music. She also enjoyed hours of cultivating her plants and making her yard beautiful. Linda was always willing to stand up for the defenseless; she had a soft heart but strong will and nurturing arms.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Friday, October 20, 2017 at Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary in Russell, Kansas.
A Celebration of Linda's life will be held from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM Sunday, October 22, 2017, at the Fossil Creek Hotel & Suites, Dole-Specter Conference Center, Russell, Kansas. Family and friends are welcome. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the name of Linda J. Denning to: Humane Society-High Plains, 2050 E US Highway 40, Hays, Kansas 67601 or the Riley County Humane Society, PO Box 1202, Manhattan, Kansas 66505. Pohlman-Varner-Peeler Mortuary of Russell, Kansas, is in charge of the funeral service arrangements.