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Linda M. Cornell

January 18, 1943 - September 04, 2020



Linda M. Cornell of Cadillac passed away peacefully, Friday, September 4, 2020 at her daughter’s home with her family by her side. She was 77.

Linda was born January 18, 1943 in Cadillac to Edward and Florence (Smith) Burgess and they preceded her in death.

She graduated from Manton High School. While working at Montgomery Wards she met Larry. The two went to H & L Greens where he asked her to buy him a cup of coffee. Larry insisted they get married before deer season, so the two were married, November 8, 1969 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Cadillac. Linda also worked at PBS Party Store and Avon Automotive in Cadillac before retiring.

Linda enjoyed trips to the casino, but her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children: Diana (Brian) Heyniger of Cadillac, Ray (Paula) Wilkins of Manton, Andrea (Tim) Newland of Kalkaska, Christopher (Christine) Cornell of Lake Leelanau; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents Linda was preceded in death by her husband, Larry on May 19, 2018 and siblings: Myrna Cook, Irvie Burgess, Grace Tracey, Lawrence Burgess, Helen Wilkins, Ivan Burgess, Norman Burgess, Alvin Burgess and Edna Beals.

A private family graveside service will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Manton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan Cadillac Chapter.

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  • Annie Burmania - Sep 4th, 2020 7:02 pm

    "Linda was my cousin, She was a wonderful person. Linda will be terribly missed. We loved her so much. "

  • Andrea Cornell Newland - Sep 5th, 2020 6:21 am

    "I will miss you so much Mom !!!! I know that you are no longer suffering and you are at piece and reunited with Dad and your family. I take solace in knowing that. But you will be greatly missed by all of us that are still here. I am so thankful to have had you for my Mom. I love you so much"

  • Paul Rees - Sep 5th, 2020 7:28 am

    "May she rest in peace. God bless you and your family πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™"

  • Lois Darrow - Sep 5th, 2020 8:10 am

    "Ray and all your family , deepest sympathy. Moms are the family glue and may you continue to have that glue in your family. Love and prayers for all of you. Ray we love you so much. Tom and Lois"

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