Linda Lu (Montoya) Mendoza(1944 - 2013)

Linda Lu Mendoza was born November 12th, 1944 to Leo and Louise Montoya in Julesburg, Colorado, where she spent most of her childhood.
Linda later settled in Fort Morgan where she turned her passions into businesses, focusing on hairdressing and later a successful tailoring shop called "Sew What," using her love of sewing to create beautiful pieces until her untimely death.
Among sewing, Linda enjoyed teaching ESL, babysitting grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the many neighborhood kids, who flocked to her friendly and fun-loving demeanor. Not only was Linda a joy to be around, but also she charmed those around her with her delicious cooking.
Linda's biggest battle came when she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but being the strong woman that she was, refused to lose. She overcame this battle after 7 long years and participated in several Relay for Life events.
Linda loved her children and family with all of her heart and would do anything in the world for them, and them for her.
Her parents, her brother, Max Montoya, and her daughter, Sara Pilcher, preceded Linda in death.
She is survived by her siblings, Andrea Campos, Rose Montoya, Cecelia Garcia, and Ruby Jimenez; as well as her children, Rita and Joe Jaurigui, Felina Pilcher, Marlinda Mendoza and husband, Juan Angel Cervantes, and Cha and Steven Morris; 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Service will be held at the Life Fellowship Church on January 4th, 2014 at 10 a.m.

Published in The Fort Morgan Times on Jan. 3, 2014