Obituary of Linda Marchbanks
Linda (Lovan) Marchbanks, 89, of Windsor, Missouri, died Wednesday morning, April 1, 2020, at her home in Windsor with her loving husband Bill by her side. She was born March 23, 1931, in Jonesboro, Arkansas, the daughter of Norman Earl Lovan and Dora Agnes (Clingan) Lovan. Linda came from a family that believed that faith in God, love, laughter and helping others were the important things in life. Her family lived in Windsor when she and her brother were young. They loved growing up in Windsor where in 1949 she graduated from Windsor High School. She went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Central Missouri State College (now UCM), Warrensburg. Linda met her future husband Bill, while in high school but it wasn’t until several years later that they fell in love and were married on March 6, 1956. Bill was in the Army stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX when he proposed to Linda. She drove to San Antonio so that they could be married before he received his orders of where he would be stationed next. Coincidentally his next assignment was at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. So here they came, back to the town that Linda loved so much. It was such a fun time in their lives: Linda’s best friend Mary married her brother Ron; then Linda married Ron’s college roommate, Bill Marchbanks. That was the start of many years of special memories spent together with their two families. Linda and Bill’s future in Windsor was solidified when Bill completed his tour at Fort Leonard Wood and returned to practice dentistry with his father at Marchbanks Dental Clinic. It was here in Windsor that their children Valorie, Scott, and Gina were raised and spent many years continuing the traditions of life in a small town with their loving parents. Linda’s love for Windsor continued as she began teaching Journalism at Windsor High School and later Mass Communications at Central Missouri State University where she was known for being encouraging, patient, intuitive, well-informed, supportive and collaborative. It is said that she was demanding and expected her students to give their best. Following her years of teaching, Linda worked as a travel agent, assisted her husband in his dental practice for a time, worked as a reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, then sold real estate in Sedalia for several years, and lastly owned and operated Marchbanks Realty Inc. as a real estate broker from 1995 until her retirement in 2011. She was a member of the Windsor United Methodist Church and was active in the chancel choir and bell choir of the church. Linda was a pianist and had a beautiful voice and often sang "Oh Holy Night” at the Christmas Eve Service. She was actively involved in the Sedalia Community Theatre for a number of years as an actress as well as directing several productions. She was also an active member of the GSWC Keystone Club where she once served as president, Chapter BA, P.E.O., and the Henry County Chapter D.A.R where she served as Chapter Regent, State Recording Secretary, West Central District Director, along with many state offices. Her love for genealogy took her on trips with her cousin Donna researching their ancestry. She loved sharing what she learned with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Amidst all of her involvements with work and in the community, she always had time for her family. She was lovingly known as Nana to her grandchildren/great-grandchildren and early on as Aunt Ninny to her nieces and nephew. Her snickerdoodle and honey crinkle cookies were the best! She will be remembered as a beautiful person both inside and out. She was always well kept with her makeup on, hair fixed, nails manicured and dressed beautifully with just the perfect jewelry. She will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her but we rejoice in knowing that she is in Heaven with Jesus and reunited with her family and friends who have gone before her. In addition to her loving husband Bill, survivors include her three children, Valorie Tate (Billy), Independence, Mo., Ronald ‘‘Scott” Marchbanks (Penny), Windsor, Mo., and Gina McDonnold (Jason), Kansas City, Mo.; 4 grandchildren, Trevor, Joshua, Devlyn, and Aidan; 2 great-grandsons, Ronan and Callan; a nephew Gary Lovan (Krys), Golden, Colorado; 2 nieces, Teresa Gabbert (Russ), Kansas City, Mo., and Susan O’Neal (David), Bryan, Texas; and several cousins, great-nephews and great-nieces. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law Ronald and Mary Lovan. Private family graveside services will be held at the Laurel Oak Cemetery with Pastor Pete Hill officiating. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Friends may call Sunday, April 5, 2020, from 9 am to 8 pm at the Hadley Funeral Home, Windsor. The family suggests contributions to Heartland Hospice or the Windsor United Methodist Church and may be mailed or left in care of the funeral home.