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Linda L. Mikel, 70, of Alexandria, passed away Aug. 3, 2017, at her home after a 10-month battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born June 29, 1947, in Anderson.
She graduated from Indiana Academy in Cicero and from Hinsdale in Illinois, with an Associates of Nursing. Linda was known for "doing the right thing, the right way" regardless. This carried over into her life passions of: Family, Nursing and Church.
Linda is survived by her daughter, Yvette (Rick) Hill of Michigan; brothers: Bruce (Monetta) Kreger of Oklahoma, Michael Kreger of Tennessee, Steven (Tammy) Kreger of Anderson, sisters: Janet (Larry Black) Truman of Nevada, Carol Zizak of Anderson, stepbrother, Jesse (Susie) Landess of Daleville and stepsister, Joyce Underwood; grandchildren, Joshua Hill, Mikaela (Matt) Morrison, and Jacob Hill; and great-grandchildren, Kayla, Zoey, and Emma Morrison.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Lucille Kreger; and nephews, Joshua Kreger and Justin Kreger.
Linda was the matriarch of her family and known for holding everyone together as she promised her father she would. She is survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and many special friends. She had seven nephews, 10 nieces, and 16+ great-nephews and great-nieces who were like grandchildren to her.
She retired from Community Hospital as a Med-LPN after 37 1/2 years, and a nursing career of 50 years. She was a recipient of the Nursing "Heart Award" in 2015. She was a mentor to numerous nurses, and other medical staff at the hospital. Recently in life, she found their affirmations of her 'teaching' very fulfilling in knowing that she truly "made a difference, in this world."
Linda was a lifelong member of the Anderson SDA church and generously supported Pathfinders and Christian education. The love of her church family during her battle with cancer, was overwhelmingly precious during this time. Linda was always "putting others, before self," and even during her battle with cancer, found a way of making her experience, benefit others going through their own battle.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Loose Funeral Homes, with services being held at 10 a.m. Friday, with Ron Whitlow, Jesse Landess and Pastor Whitman officiating. Burial will follow, at the East Maplewood Cemetery in Anderson.
Linda loved flowers. However, memorial contributions may be made to Anderson SDA Church: Pathfinder club or Cross Street Christian School (but flowers are welcome).
A special thank you to Dr. Reddy and staff of Community Cancer Care and very dear friends: Jeany Stewart and Janice Whilhoit who were by her side throughout her illness.
Online condolences: www.loosecares.com
Published on August 7, 2017
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