Linda Diane Haley (Simmons)
(1957 - 2009)

Profile:
Linda Diane Haley (Simmons)
Nickname: Red

Birth:
Texas, United States of America
June 4, 1957

Passing:
Texas, United States of America
October 4, 2009

Interests:
Family, Friends, Living, Loving, Laughing
Memorial
This site is dedicated to Linda Haley:

She was a LOVING wife, mother, a “Momila” to many (a second mom…SNL Coffee Talk Reference), grandmother, daughter, friend, and co-worker. She was a fiery red head who was wickedly smart and full of life. She was always smiling and laughing. As a young girl growing up in the country, she loved to play in the dirt and feeling connected to nature. She lived her life to the fullest and always stayed in the moment. She embodies to many…..what a strong independent woman should look like while being nurturing, caring, giving, and loving. She inspired so many who came in contact with her. She brought out the best out in almost everyone who knew her.

Some of you may or may not know her heart’s desire was secretly to change the world. She didn’t have world domination in mind though. Her plan wasn’t to change the world in a big way. She wanted to change the world but in through small ways. She spent her entire life purposefully trying to make a difference in the world one person at a time. Each of you sitting here today could probably attest to that, and have your own story to tell of the difference she has made to you. Knowing Linda’s modesty and graciousness she would probably say “No, Each of YOU made a difference in my life”.

We are all born with that childlike curiosity and zest for life. We laugh, play, love, and learn. There are no boundaries for us. Anything is possible and we find the wonder in almost everything. Especially the smallest of things. Most of us let the world change us. We lose that sense of wonder. We lose sight of how small things and acts can change the world….change the world for us and others. Linda never let the world change her……and she in turn changed the world through small ways with her optimism and generous spirit.

Long before Linda ever got sick she felt the world had gotten too fast paced. She wanted to see people slow down. She wanted her loved ones and people in the world to take the time to appreciate the wonders our lives have to offer, to try to see and expect the best out of people instead of the worst, to not let small insignificant things rob us of the joy life has to offer, not to rely on others for happiness, to make peace and find happiness within yourself first, to take responsibility for our actions and choices whether they are right or wrong, to be true to ourselves and give others the benefit of the doubt. Life is too short to hold onto grudges against the people who have wronged us. The hardships, sadness, and tough times are a part of life. She wanted her loved ones to be able to live as she lived, love as she loved, and laugh as she laughed. To see the all the moments that life has to offer us even in hard times like this.

I would describe Linda as having a Cowgirl’s spirit. She worked hard, lived hard, played hard, loved hard, and noticed every moment in between. She was strong, prideful, and would give you the shirt off her back. We need to honor that spirit, as well as every person who has ever been touched by cancer in any way shape or form, and take this message to heart. Linda’s death should not be a time of sadness but REJOICING, it should not be a time for hurting but for HEALING, it shouldn’t be a time for withdrawing from the world but a reminder to LIVE. This is what she would have wanted for us all. So as hard as this may be for us, HAVE AS MANY MOMENTS AS YOU CAN…APPRECIATE THE PRECIOUS MOMENTS life has to offer with all the zest and life Linda would have.

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Guest Book (7 entries)
Time passes, our children grow; new grandchildren have been born with another grandchild on the way. Life changes, my day to day hopes and dreams evolve. I think of you everyday, looking to the future as you would want; but I never forget our past. Sometimes I feel you close by me, but I still miss you so.

Happy Birthday My Love; I will be thinking of you on your day! I know you are smiling down on us; as I smile when I look up to you.
David Haley (Husband)
May 31st, 2012
We were friends from High School and I'm sorry to say lost touch along the way. But there were many times I remembered her and her family and what a wonderful person she was. There are some people you meet along life's highway that will always be a part of your life and Linda was definitely part of mine. I loved her smile and energetic ways. She was a real treasure and I'm sure God's glad to have her back in his fold.

I miss you, Linda!
Donna Blair (friend)
June 29th, 2010
Happy Birthday Linda. You are always in my thoughts. We all miss you so much. Thank you for touching my life in such an incredible way. I love you Momma Haley.
Laura Lewis
June 5th, 2010
I knew Linda from high school. She became a part of my life as two of my daughter's step mom. Her love walk was even evident then as the same storm swept through her life as had mine eariler. She was a ray of light in turmoil. I looked to her as an example and watched her rise above the adversity of life. We are all examples to others in our life, either to look toward or to turn away from. I am very thankful to have known Linda not only as a friend but a second mom to my babies. She is in Heaven now, doing what Linda always did...cheering those in her life on to a better life! Love and miss you, hope to see you one day! Thanks for all the precious memories!
Becky Foley (we shared daughters throu)
June 4th, 2010
I’ll lend you for a little while, a child of mine, God said
For you to love the while she lives and mourn for when she’s gone.
It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three
But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief
You’ll always have her memories as a solace in your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked this whole world over in my search for teachers true
And from the folk that crowd Life’s lane I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love and not think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again?

I fancy that I heard them say “Dear God, thy will be done”.
For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we’ll run.
We will shelter her with tenderness, we’ll love her while we may
And for all the happiness we’ve ever known, we’ll ever grateful stay.
But should the angels call her much sooner than we’d planned
We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."
~ Author Unknown
Amanda Hendrick (Step-Daughter)
June 4th, 2010
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Candles

"Happy Early Birthday Girl"
David Haley
May 31st, 2012
"I love you Momma Haley. Happy Birthday"
Laura Lewis
June 5th, 2010
"My sweet Momila, I strive everyday to be more like you. Miss you so much it hurts. -Amis"
Amy Haley
June 4th, 2010
"I wore red for you today,not a day goes by that I don't miss you and think of you. Happy Birthday!"
Kelly Hrad
June 4th, 2010
"You're Home and Whole.What a gift!Happy Birthday!"
Becky Foley
June 4th, 2010
"Happy Birthday sweet Linda! You are in my heart and in my thoughts today and everyday!"
Amanda Hendrick
June 4th, 2010
"Happy Birthday. You are missed everyday!!!"
John Petty
June 4th, 2010
"Cone loves you."
Constance Taylor
June 3rd, 2010

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