Linda Louise Bailey was born on September 18, 1948, to David Astor Bailey and Mary Jane Bailey (Dunivan). She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and one sister Judith Ann Kowalski. She is survived by her sister Marilyn Bailey-Menichetti, brother David W. Bailey and wife Frances, nieces Julie Dohring (Tom), Christina Ballinger (Kenny), Jennifer Hemlich (Brandon), Kimberly Edney and nephew James Walker (Heather). Linda loved and adored her great nieces Andrea, Jessica, Elizabeth, Brooke, Cecilia, Charlotte, and great nephews Brandon, Payton, Hunter and Cole who all receive Letters from Santa (aka Aunt Linda) until they turned 18.
Linda thought of herself as a child at heart.
She looked at Mother Earth and Father Sky with awe and wonder of the great Mystery of Life. She felt that this world was not her home, and that we are all travelers on a journey. In reflections of her family, aunts and uncles, cousins, and ancestors, she came to an understanding of how blessed she had been to have been raised in such a family of great love.
Linda was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from Northeast High School in 1966. Her childhood was spent playing, picnics with family and friends especially at family reunions in Smithville, Oklahoma. In her youth she enjoyed milking cows at the dairy farm and hanging out with her soul mate Bill. They enjoyed riding motorcycles, gardening, pottery, and painting.
Linda then moved to Oklahoma to plant trees in the Kimichi mountains with her Aunt Joann and Uncle Everett who she adored. She was lovingly called “Linda Littletrees”. After several years of planting, she returned to Kansas City for a “real job”.
In 1996 she stopped working at UMKC School of Medicine to become a caregiver for her mother. She did not feel this was a burden, but an honor and a privilege to help her loving parents in their older age as they had graciously taken care of her all of her life.
Linda enjoyed many crafts, sewing and gardening especially at planting and harvest time. Her spirit was in Native American culture and history. She had a tipi for many years at best friends Fred and Diane’s Timberline Ranch where she would go “to commune with the Great Spirit, nature, and the animals in the forest”.
Linda’s family and friends were by her side as she made her transition while at the wonderful, caring St. Luke’s hospice house on September 17, 2022. Linda will be remembered as a woman who loved her family and friends. She had a brilliant mind, imagination, and a great sense of humor. She will be forever missed.
“Cold morning, wind blowing, now sunshine, birds singing, time of planting, growing older, hope to stand on Judgment Day.” Linda Littletrees, Kimich Mountains, Spring of 1976.
Final resting place, Mount Washington Forever Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial may be made in Linda's honor to Saint Luke's Hospice House in care of Saint Luke's Organization, 901 E. 104th Street, #100S, Kansas City, MO, 64131 or The Arbor Day Foundation, 211 N. 12th Street, Lincoln, NE, 68508.