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Linda Lai


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Linda Lai Obituary
Linda Lai, 65, passed away Friday, June 20, 2014. Memorial service: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Greenwood Chapel. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Humane Society of North Texas. The galaxy has lost one of its brightest stars. Linda Lai has passed on to her ultimate journey. She was born in the Pennsylvania coal town of Mahanoy City, Pa., to Fay and Garf Lewis, who both preceded her in death along with her brother David. She was exceedingly bright in school as well as being captain of the cheerleaders, homecoming queen and prom queen. She had the means to attend a licensed vocational nursing school and went on to become the head nurse in the PICU unit at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She gave birth to a beautiful daughter, Megan, in 1974. She then joined the cardiac cath team where she caught the eye of her cardiologist husband of 33 years, Steve Lai. Linda went on to attain both a bachelor's degree from LaSalle and a master's degree in nursing, magna cum laude, at the University of Pennsylvania. Linda and Steve moved to Fort Worth in 1985. Linda became the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit director at Arlington Memorial Hospital. She later joined the staff at the Children's Medical Center in both the neonatal and intensive care units. After becoming the nursing director in the Intensive Care Unit at Cook Children's Hospital, Linda went on to the nursing faculty at TCU where she inspired many young women to careers in pediatric nursing. Linda felt the need to return to hands-on nursing care and in 2002 returned to Cook's and became a pediatric nurse practitioner. Linda was well known for being smart, witty and with good humor by those who love her. She was famous for leading entourages to exotic locations around the world like Turkey, China, Galapagos, Australia, Norway, Belize, Honduras, Tanzania, Nepal, Israel, Egypt and Chili. Linda and Steve have hiked in the Himalayas, Bhutan and Peru. She scuba dived in Fiji, skydived in New Zealand, and walked the deserts of Morocco. Her passion of late was her Irish setters. She was particularly proud of her champion Shine-on show-dog, Tully. She was beloved by all those who have had the pleasure to cross her path. Survivors: Linda has left behind her loving husband and best friend, Stevie Lai; her daughter and go-to-person, Megan; her adventurous son-in-law, Brian; and her most wonderful grandchildren, Hailey, Matthew, Rebecca and Sarah, to whom she has left a curiosity to travel, a passion for knowledge, and a love of reading.
Published in Star-Telegram on June 22, 2014
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