Linda Engel left this world just as she lived her life: quietly, gently, and with the love and support of her family.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Grace Lutheran Church, McClusky. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bismarck Funeral Home.
Linda Grant Brothers was born Oct. 14, 1939, in North Providence, R.I., to Alfred and Margaret Brothers, joining her older sister, Audrey. She fell in love with Norman Engel in his dashing Air Force uniform, and soon after that they married at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga., in 1958. Their first child, Jeffrey, was born there in 1959. After Norman was discharged from the service, he got the itch to return to the farm where he grew up, and Linda found herself going from a military wife to a farm wife. More children soon followed: Greg in 1960, Denise in 1964 and Scott in 1970. Linda raised her children on the farm near Kief, wanting nothing more than to be a mother. Her husband passed away in 1989.
In 1990, Linda began the next chapter of her life in Bismarck. She was so proud to earn her two-year degree at Bismarck State College. She began working at Sears in Gateway Mall in paint and hardware, retiring just a few years ago due to ill health. She moved to Library Square in Mandan to be nearer her daughter. She fell two years ago and couldn’t get back on her feet, causing a move to Prospera on Sunset Drive in Mandan.
She enjoyed reading mystery novels and had read all of Agatha Christie’s books, liked to study ancient history and was a big James Bond fan. She had a National Geographic subscription for many, many years. She was also very proud to be from Rhode Island and spent many hours working on her family history.
Linda passed away Aug. 10, 2019, in a Bismarck hospital. Her family would like to thank the ICU staff at Sanford Hospital for the excellent and considerate care she received in the last week of her life. She will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Jeffrey, Kief, Gregory (Julie), Minot, Denise Sather (Brian), Mandan, and Scott (Susan), Centennial, Colo.; five grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and two step-great-grandsons; as well as her brother-in-law, the Rev. Alden Burhoe; and her nieces, Pam Lavoie, Jane Anderson and their families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; her parents, Alfred and Margaret Brothers; her sister, Audrey Burhoe; and her father and mother-in-law, Jacob and Kathryn Engel.
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