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Linda Lowe Thompson

Denton, Texas

Oct 26, 1944 – Sep 26, 2019 (Age 74)

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Linda Lowe Thompson was born October 26, 1944, in Columbus, Ohio, to DP and Nova Jene Lowe. She generously filled her life and those around her with love, literature, music, and art in all its forms. Along with Wesley, she raised Lisa, Jennifer, Alex, and Ben. She is preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer, her parents, and her brother, Bill. She is survived by her husband, Wesley; sister: Jeanine; children: Lisa, Alex, and Ben; and grandchildren: Zachary, Olivia, Oliver, Chloe, and Max.


The major loves in her life began at first sight. Home from Sophie Newcomb College (New Orleans), she met a young man, Wesley Thompson, who was keeping books at her father and grandfather’s Oldsmobile dealership in Shawnee, OK. After their first date, she describes taking her mother’s arms, swinging her around, all the while saying that she was going to marry him. She did so at the age of 18 (he was 19) in Stillwell, OK, on July 20, 1963.


Linda loved music and was an accomplished pianist. While raising young children, she continued with literature graduate work and tutoring those with intellectual disabilities. And that was when she fell in love with the dulcimer. As a hammered dulcimer player, she published five books and was working on two new ones until she died. She taught extensively and did so through the last years of her life.


Linda had so much love and enthusiasm for life and its art. That love fueled a 56-year marriage and fulfilling music career. She loved her grandchildren, murder mysteries, independent movies, the Impressionists, large cars, road trips, crawfish etouffee, coffee, Halloween, and New Orleans. Her effect on others, through her teaching and generosity, is among her life’s lasting contributions. She passed away peacefully, on September 26, in a place she loved, with her husband, music, works-in-progress, and books nearby.


Linda was generous and passionate about helping those in need in Denton. In lieu of flowers, consider donating time or money to Our Daily Bread (https://www.ourdailybreaddenton.org).


A graveside service will be held at 1PM on Friday, October 4, 2019, at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton, Texas.

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I was honored to have Linda for a friend and musical colleague. She was super talented, so smart and practical, and kind. I send my condolences to Wesley, Lisa, Alex and Ben.

Prayers of peace and comfort for Linda's family and many friends. Her Dad and my Dad were first cousins. We didn't connect until about a year ago when we had lunch together. We vowed to do it again. I had a family picture to give to her. Life and health issues got in the way and it kept getting put off. Never put things off until tomorrow that which if I had worked harder could have been done yesterday. That angel band just got a little bit sweeter. Sheree Wylie Roberts

Linda and her dulcimer lesson books were one of my first teachers. She was so patient and calm with this beginner student years ago. She and I even played together at a home-school meeting in Arlington, Texas, once--I'll never forget that time, playing a simple duet I could manage with one of the greats! What a legacy of music and dulcimer players she's left us all! I can only imagine how strongly she'll be missed by family and closer friends. My thoughts and prayers for your comforted and...

Linda was fun, generous, and dedicated both as a dulcimer player/instructor and as a friend. I will miss her sage advice and guidance, her humor and her friendship. We enjoyed swapping stories about our music and our children. Carrie and I wish Wesley, Ben, Alex, Lisa, and their families comfort in this time.

Linda was one of the very first dulcimer players / instructors I was exposed to. Have thought about her often and have several of her works of which I still refer to and use. She was a great inspiration. My condolence and prayers to her family and friends.

I have fond memories of Linda through our sons at Woodrow Wilson Elem School, her restaurant & her music. My thoughts & prayers to Lindas family.

Linda left an immense legacy in the dulcimer world that can never be equaled! She was such a wonderful teacher and assured that the Dulcimer world will live on because of her! She has left a large hole this this world and I am sure Heaven will love adding her to their heavenly music program! Prayers for Wesley and family!

It was my good fortune to have Linda as a dulcimer teacher and a friend. During lessons, we often talked about life...it's mysteries and it's joyful surprises. She is the only person I know to have a decorated Halloween tree that later became the holiday Christmas tree! Her music and her memory will continue in the hearts of those whose lives she touched....including mine. Thank you, Linda, for sharing your talents & your friendship. Rest in the arms of God.

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.