Las Cruces - Linden F. Ranels was born on March 19, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. Preceded in death by her son, Mark, daughter Christine and both of her parents.
Linden earned a Bachelor's Degree in History and English at NMSU, a Master's Degree in English in Silver City at Western NM University. She taught two years in the Samoan Island Programs for two years on an Indian Reservation in Northern NM. Linden taught English for 16 years at Mayfield High School, tutored, inspired many students and supported the sports and also served at many games. Over many years, Linden won numerous State Fair Ribbons for her expertise in sewing and canning food.
When she was ready to retire, she and her husband, Randy enjoyed their home, lawn, gardening, neighbors, church activities, supported Optimist Programs, followed and designed Volksmarching trails, drove DAV vans taking disabled American veterans to their medical appointments.
After 16 years of volunteering and driving veterans, they both received the Las Cruces Mayor's Distinguished Service Award plaques in 2017.
Linden supported our local community, their church activities, crocheted Project Linus blankets, Prayer Shawls for adults in the hospital, various non-profit groups helping around the world by purchasing animals to provide a way of life for under-privileged people and many years of helping Operation Christmas Child through the University United Methodist Church.
Linden is survived by her husband, Randy, sister Mary Margaret, 3 children: Darrell, Debra and Rhonda, 3 granddaughters: Rebecca, Laura and Sarah, and 3 great grandchildren. Linden was a loving, kind person and will be truly missed by all whom knew her.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 21st noon at UUMC
Service arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapel of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 527-2222. Your exclusive provider for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care." For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com