Linda Faye McBride, 75, of Sherrills Ford, NC an incredible and much loved wife, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend and teacher, went to her heavenly home on July 11th,2017 from the Sherrills Ford Hospice House after a valiant battle with cancer. Born on March 10, 1942 in Hickory, NC,. she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Pearl Sigmon Pless.
Linda graduated from Hickory High School (Class of 1960) and later graduated from Concordia Teachers Collegein River Forest, Illinois with a Degree in Education. .
After graduation, Linda moved to Birmingham, Alabama to teach elementary school. She would later move to Jackson, Tennessee where she worked as Human Resource Manager for the First National Bank. With her husband, Walter J. McBride, she co-owned McBride Miniatures, where they produced handpainted replicas of private and historic buildings and churches for over 20 years. Together, they participated in juried art shows all over the southeast, such as Blowing Rock Art in the Park, Collins Ave Art Festival in Miami Florida and festivals in and around North and South Carolina.
She really enjoyed shopping and spending time with her family and many friends especially her sisters referring to themselves as “The Pless Girls”.
Linda and Walt have been members of Lake Norman Lutheran Church for 34 years serving as usher and Linda was also a member of the Altar Guild. She was a real “Song Bird” with an outstanding voice. She was an avid gardener and member of Lake Norman Garden Club. Linda and Walt were instrumental in organizing The Uncle Billy Community Park in Sherrills Ford. She was a Member of the Red Hat Ladies and for many years she was very active with the CCHA Murrays Mill Harvest Folk Festival. She was a 9+ year volunteer at the Sherrills Ford Hospice House. She worked tirelessly to get telephone service improvements in the local area. She worked with Representative Mitchell Setzer to get approval from the NC. Department of Transportation for the traffic signal at the dangerous intersection of Highway 150 and Slanting Bridge Road. She was very active in numerous other community affairs.
Linda and Walt travelled extensively. They travelled across the United States by car automobile 3 times visiting 32 states and visiting 17 National parks including her favorite, Yosemite National Park in California. They also travelled abroad visiting 18 foreign countries.
Besides her parents, Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Harold Pless of Shelby, NC.
Linda is survived by her loving husband of 39 years Walter J. McBride; 2 stepsons Dr. Michael McBride of Munich Germany and Thomas McBride of Carson City Nevada; brother Kenneth Pless and wife, Shirley of Hickory NC; sisters Rebecca (Pless) Isenhour and husband, Fred of Hildebran, NC, Nancy (Pless) Hall and husband, Michael of Lakeland, Fla., Revonda (Pless) Anderson and husband, Jack of Clearwater Fla. and sister in law Peggy Pless of Raleigh, NC.
A Service of Celebration of Linda’s life will be held on Saturday July 22 2017 at 11:00 AM at Lake Norman Lutheran Church, 1445 Highway 16 North, Denver, NC. 28037. Pastor Jeff Marquardt will officiate
Interment will be at the Veterans Cemetery, Salisbury NC later the following week and will be announced as soon as we receive the time from the VA.
The family requests that in lieu of cards and/or flowers that a donation be made to the Linda McBride Memorial Fund, Catawba Regional Hospice House 7473 Sherrills Ford Road, Sherrills Ford, NC, 28673 and/or American Cancer Society in your local area to help eradicate this terrible scourge that is killing thousands of people daily. Our family would really appreciate it very much.
The Good Samaritan Funeral Home is serving the McBride Family
We knew Linda through Silver Sneakers and other organizations throughout the Sherrills Ford/Denver area. She was always helping people, always encouraging and always friendly. We offer our condolences to her family; she will be missed. I think she had the energy and creativity of ten people!
Linda was always such a cheerful and helpful person. She will be greatly missed. Walt, we are sorry for your loss. We will all see her again one day in heaven.