Linda Stumpp Tuttle

Linda Stumpp Tuttle died on September 19 at her home in Brandon Woods.

She was born October 31, 1937, in Wheeling, West Virginia, to Edward Charles Stumpp and Mary Elizabeth (nee Williams) Stumpp, joining a brother, Edward Charles, Jr. Her parents, older brother, and stepmother, Nancy (nee King) Stumpp, have preceded her in death.

Linda attended elementary school at Wheeling Country Day School, then graduated from Mount de Chantal Academy in Wheeling, in 1955. She went to Denison University, from which she graduated in 1959; she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She later received a masters degree in personnel administration from Kansas University. She married William M. Tuttle, Jr. in 1959; the marriage ended in divorce in 1974.

After living in Bangor, Maine; Madison, Wisconsin; and Arlington, Virginia; the family arrived in Lawrence in 1967. Linda worked at KU’s Natural History Museum, the Kansas Arts Commission, and for many years at the Kansas Department of Transportation. After retirement, she worked at Pendleton’s Garden Center and volunteered at Audio Reader, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates), which supports children in the legal system, and Small World, a nonprofit helping international families of Kansas University students and faculty.

Throughout her life, Linda loved the arts and the natural world. Despite struggling with illness for many years, Linda was a devoted member of both a long-running book group and Friends in Council, a women’s club. Her intelligence, wit, and compassion will be remembered by her many friends from these and other circles.

Linda is survived by her children and their families. Bill, with wife Mary Beth Tuttle and children Will and Libby, lives in Mahtomedi, Minnesota; Kate, with husband Kevin Young and children Addie and Mack, lives in Decatur, Georgia; Andy, with wife Leilani Thornton Tuttle, lives in Lawrence. She also leaves behind her younger brother, Austin King Stumpp, and his wife, Susan, of Reynoldsburg, Ohio; and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating Linda’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at the Unitarian Fellowship, 1263 N. 1100 Road, Lawrence. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to L.I.N.K. (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen) or the Ballard Center.

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  1. Joan Kirkham on October 1, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    To the family of Linda Tuttle,

    So sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    Joan Kirkham, Linda’s next door neighbor.

  2. Sister Joanne Gonter, V.H.M. on October 10, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    To the family of Linda: I have fond memories of Linda – She was a freshman when I was a senior at Mount de Chantal Visitation Academy in Wheeling, West Virginia. I learned of her death today (10/10) from one of her classmates, who shared with me about Linda’s care for her husband. I will send a message to her other classmates (from Mount de Chantal)and give them the name of this funeral home.

    With deepest sympathy to all of you.

    Sister Joanne Gonter (MdeC 1952)

  3. Spud Kent on October 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    To Linda’s family: I just learned of Linda’s passing this morning. We worked together many years in Human Resources for the State of Kansas. She was a great friend to me and many others with whom she worked. My condolences to you.

  4. Nancy Hunting Saunders on October 23, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Linda was a roommate at Denison and we have kept in touch for all these years. I had just talked with her recently and expected to visit her in March. She was a treasure and dear friend and I know will be missed by her many friends and relatives. I send my condolences to her family.

  5. Bob Campbell on October 25, 2014 at 12:27 am

    >>Our deep condolences to our friend Andy and the family. We will remember Linda as a charming and gifted person who was also warm and caring.

    >>Bob Campbell & family

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