A Rose blossomed on December 20, 1943 for Joseph R & Willene (Johnson) Tucker in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Linda Rose was now the youngest and welcomed home by her older brother, Joe Edward. Linda attended high school at Fort Smith, graduating in 1961. While growing up, Linda’s dad had a Nash Station Wagon and the only rule she was given was to not cross that bridge into Oklahoma. The car always broke down (in Oklahoma), but her daddy would always rescue her. On Dec. 14, 1962, Linda married Norvell “Buddy” Clayton in Fort Smith AR. Of this union one son was born, Alan Gene Clayton. Later, Linda was wed to Melvin Keith Barnes in Fort Smith, AR. Of this union, there were two children born, Bryan Keith Barnes and Melinda Rose. In 1978, Linda’s life was changed as she met her “Sweeter”, Lueon Howerton. Lueon referred to Linda as his “Sweetie” in turn he became her sweeter. On September 14,1978, Linda and Lueon became one in Gainesville, Texas. In over 42 years of marriage the two of them traveled country roads and over 35 states, including Hawaii twice. Linda collected lapel pins and postcards from their travels and she started a special collection of keychains for her granddaughter, Heather. Linda was a member of The Bridge, in Mustang where she was active in the Golden Warriors. Linda played a significant role in feeding the homeless while in this church organization. Linda was also an avid angel collector, music lover, and loved to fish. Lueon shared on one fishing trip to the Washita River in Lindsay, Oklahoma, Linda spent 8 hours on the riverbank and in that 8 hours caught a single channel cat. Patience was one of Linda’s many attributes. Linda arrived in Gloryland on November 19,2020 in OKC, OK. with her husband & cousin, Pamm Tucker at her side. In her final days, miracles took place and Linda entered the gates of heaven, knowing her life was complete. Linda’s last words spoken were “I want a chocolate malt.” 3 weeks before her death. Lueon kept that promise as 12 hours before her final breath she HAD her chocolate malt. Linda is survived by her husband Lueon Howerton of the home, her son, Alan Clayton and his wife, Jeanine of Mustang, her son Brian Barnes of Richardson TX, her daughter Melinda (Barnes) Sargent & husband Kevin of Yukon, OK. One step daughter, Jennifer Howerton Kovash of OKC, OK. Brother in law, Mike Howerton of OKC. Grandchildren, Heather Dickinson & her husband James “Pug”, of Choctaw, OK., David Sargent of Yukon OK. Step Grandchildren, Sean Stetler, Tyler Hobbs, and Alisha Hobbs. Two great grandsons, Hunter and Fisher Dickinson of Choctaw, OK. Also by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, in-laws, L.E. And Nadine Howerton, and Step son in law, Kevin Kovash. On November 19, 2020, our Linda Rose faded at the age of 76; however, her memories will live on. Pallbearers will be: Brian Barnes, Alan Clayton, James ”Pug” Dickinson, Jeffrey Dickinson, Sean Stetler, Tyler Hobbs. Honorary Pallbearers: Heather Dickinson Hunter Dickinson, Fisher Dickinson, David Sargent, Jim Fondren. Visitation will be Sunday, November 22, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 23, 2020. Interment to follow at Green Hill Cemetery, Lindsay, OK. Services are under the direction of John M. Ireland Funeral Home Chapel, Moore, OK.
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