Linda Lou Horner, age 74, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in the Lewis County Nursing Home at Canton.

Linda Lou Horner, age 74, of Canton, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018 in the Lewis County Nursing Home at Canton.

Linda was born on Dec. 5, 1943 in Quincy Ill. to parents Alfred Edward and Lena Lucille Turner. Linda grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School in 1961. She played basketball and in the band during her high school years. She worked with her parents at the ‘Coffee Shop’ as well during her school years. The ‘Coffee Shop’ was also the spot where she met the love of her life, Ron Horner. She married Ron on Dec. 24, 1961.

After high school, Linda graduated from Gem City Business College with a secretarial associates degree. She went on to work at Quincy Paper Box, Ayers Oil Co. and Canton State Bank before retiring to help run the family farm with her husband, Ron. Linda also worked the weekends with her son, Bob Horner and Tony Job in the dance band, The Rising Suns. The Rising Suns entertained family and friends around the tri-state area from 1977 to 1988.

Linda’s life took a turn in November 1999 when she was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. A little over a year later, she was given a life-changing gift of life from the Holsapple Family when she was the recipient of a heart transplant from their daughter, Sherry. Linda was very close to the entire Holsapple Family to this day and considered them a part of her family. On the way to Barnes Hospital to get her transplant, Linda’s helicopter collided with a flock of ducks. A duck, later named Chopper, landed on Linda’s lap while the pilot performed a successful emergency landing at the hospital. From that day on, Linda was known as the “Duck Lady” as she traveled the area telling her story to promote organ donation.

Linda was very active in the Canton community. She served as an officer for the Pepsi Little Peoples Golf Tournaments. She coordinated the parent-child tournament each year that was hosted at River Valley Golf Course. Linda was a member of the Second Chance support group for transplant patients, Immanuel United Methodist Church and U.M.W. in Canton and chair of the Lewis County Chapter of the American Heart Association.

Linda cherished her time spent with her grandchildren, Lyndsey and Drew and her dogs, Angel and Lucy Lu. Over the years, she and Ron traveled to many destinations by motor home before settling into their annual winter home in Punta Gorda, Fla. the past seven years.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald of Canton; three sons, Robert (Robyn) Horner of Gardner, Kan., Richard (Kristy) Horner of Canton and Randy (Carmen) Horner of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Drew Horner (fiance-Hannah Strange) of Columbia and Lyndsey Horner (Tom Hung) of Overland Park, Kan.; brother, Michael (Judy) Turner of Keokuk, Iowa; mother-in-law, Betty Horner of Canton; sisters-in-law, Kathy Turner of Crystal Lake, Ill. and Nancy Barry of Canton and Carolyn (Kenny) Collins of Canton; and several nieces and nephews. Her parents preceded her in death; and stepfather Charles Quinn; brother, Phillip Turner; brothers-in-law, Ronald Barry and Ralph Ludwig; and father-in-law, Marion Horner.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Immanuel United Methodist Church in Canton with Pastor Harry Cooper officiating. Burial will be at Bluff Springs Cemetery near Canton. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton.

The family suggest memorials be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church, Canton Eagles Auxiliary 1800 Heart Fund, Lewis County Nursing Home, River Valley Community Course or the Bluff Springs Cemetery Operating Fund.

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