Linda Diane Smith, 73, rural Claypool, passed away quietly at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne at 2:58 a.m. Thursday, May 20, 2021.
The daughter of Murray and Vivian (Barnhart) Keirn, Linda was born in South Whitley and spent her formative years there. She was previously employed by Gatke Corporation and was a longtime employee of Warsaw Walmart where she managed the shoe department.
Linda loved animals of all kinds and especially watching the birds. She enjoyed flowers, fishing and visiting various state parks, especially Turkey Run. Truly, she enjoyed most anything outdoors. She was strong willed and independent but also very caring and loving.
On Aug. 3, 2004 Linda and Steven Smith were married, blending two families into one. Steven survives at home. Also surviving are two daughters, Diane (Jeff) Hathaway of Silver Lake; and April (Jeremy) Fisher of Warsaw; stepson, Michael (Deb) Smith of New Paris; stepdaughter, Melody (Sam) Hedington of Claypool; stepson, Troy (Deb) Smith of Winona Lake; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; brothers, Phil (Jeanne) Keirn and Tom (Liz) Keirn and sister, Judy Brunner. She was preceded in passing by her parents.
Warsaw’s Titus Funeral Home is entrusted with Linda’s care. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery with a memorial service in the planning stages for the near future.