Linda McNiel

Linda McNiel LUBBOCK-Linda Sue Kelley McNiel of Lubbock passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at the age of 73. She was born Jan. 18, 1939, in Amarillo to Glenn and Elizabeth Kelley. Linda graduated from Lubbock High School in 1957 and went on to attend and be part of the first graduating class of Lubbock Christian College in 1959. During her time at LCC, she was a part of several choruses and a choral trio. She married Leslie McNiel on Aug. 6, 1960, in Lubbock. Her employment with Boeing took her to Seattle, Huntsville, Alabama and Mississippi Testing Facilities, where she was a clerical assistant and legal secretary. Linda was part of the NASA Saturn V Moon Rocket, First and Second Stage Static Test Firings. When Linda and Leslie began their family, she became a devoted mother to their children, Sean and LeighAnn. After raising her family, she worked as a supervisor for the Texas Department of Health before retiring in 2004. Linda was a gifted artist and won many awards for her beautiful pastel portraits and oil paintings. A lifelong Christian, her faith was of great importance to her, and she attended Sunset Church of Christ. Linda loved genealogy and travel, especially to beach locations. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of more than 52 years, Leslie; son, Sean McNiel and wife Crystal of Lubbock; daughter, LeighAnn Heil and husband Robert of Round Rock; father, Glenn Kelley of Lubbock; sister, Nancy Hargesheimer and husband Ken of Lubbock; and three grandchildren. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Elizabeth, in 1991, and brother, Philip, in 1997. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Dec. 26, 2012, at Combest Family Funeral Homes. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Sunset Church of Christ with interment to follow in Resthaven Memorial Park. Memorial donations can be made to Sunset International Bible Institute, 3723 34th St., Lubbock, TX 79410. Please celebrate the life of Linda by visiting www.combestfamilyfuneralhomes.com.

Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Dec. 26, 2012