Linda Eckenrode

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Linda Eckenrode, 71, of Waco passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Private family services will be held. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Linda was born on August 9, 1941 in Dayton, Ohio to Arthur and Will Mae (Wyatt) Arnett. She has been in the Waco community since 1969 and was the owner of Career Services, a local employment agency.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Arnett.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas J. Eckenrode of Waco; mother, Willa Mae Arnett of Dayton, Ohio; sons, Michael Eckenrode and wife, Melissa of Sachse, and Steve Eckenrode and wife, Vanessa of Conroe; grandsons, Sean and Matthew Eckenrode of Conroe; and a sister, Virginia Tate Brower and husband, Earl of Clearwater, Florida.

In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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  1. Barbara & Bob Kirstein

    Dear Tom, Mike and Steve,
    Bob and I were so very sorry to read this morning about Linda’s death. We so enjoyed the time spent in her company when our boys were young and played baseball together. Please accept our sincerest sympathy. May the many happy memories you have help sustain you all during these difficult times.
    Barbara and Bob

  2. Bluebonnet Health Services

    The Bluebonnet hospice family shares your sadness during this loss. We were privileged to be part of Mrs. Eckenrode’s care and will continue to pray for you as you grieve.


    Tom, Mike and Steve, Linda was a very special lady. She was beautiful inside and out! "May God hold all of you very near to Him in these days ahead" is our prayer for you.

  4. charlotte devereaux

    I am so sorry to read of the loss of your loved one, the family have my deepest sympathy. One day God will fullfill his promise to turn the earth into a peaceful new world. Ps. 37:9-11 and death will be no more, all who are asleep in death has the hope of coming back and living forever. Ps. 37:29.

  5. Don and Patti Davis

    Our heartfelt sympathy is with you all at this time. We enjoyed many a Little League game with Linda…such fun memories. Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Tom, Mike, and Steve…..Don and Patti Davis ❤

  6. I was sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I worked with her many years ago at Bailey Employment Services. She was always so bright and cheerful. We had run into each other over the years, but not in a long time. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  7. To the Eckenrode Family:
    My sympathy to all of your family. Linda and I worked together on several projects in the past in the business world. She was so soft spoken and was full of life. She seemed to really enjoy life so much. She will be missed. May almighty God wrap His loving arms around each of you and provide the comfort you need during this time of loss.

  8. Gary & Stephanie Cunha

    Tom and family… very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I will always treasure the memories of the time working in the same office building with her. She was such a sweet person. Thoughts and prayers for y’all.

  9. I just heard of Linda’s death. I enjoyed our visits so…such a fun, lovely lady. Her office was always full of people who popped in to say hello. She was a magnet for those who wanted a little encouragement or a friendly chat. I have thought of her often through the years.

  10. Tom and family,
    I’m so saddened by the loss of Linda. She was such an incredible woman who had the most expressive character and spunk of life. She helped me land my first big career job and I was forever grateful that she had such faith in me. She always remembered me and we had many laughs and conversations in several of her Waco offices. She always made time for me and made me feel special and included in the what’s going on now in her world. I can still hear that infectious laugh of hers!! May she rest in peace. God bless you all during your time if grief.
    Jeanna Kish

  11. Jennifer Carpenter

    I am Dr Sterns nurse. We dearly loved your mom and dad! I am praying for yall.

  12. Pat (Lemaster) Hamby

    Tom and family: So sorry for your loss of this precious, classy and beautiful lady. I enjoyed knowing her as your spouse from the SMI days but later as a consultant as I searched for professional assistance in my office. One of her qualities that I distinctively remember was she always made you feel like you were the most important person in the world at that time. She will be greatly missed. Prayers for you and your family.

  13. Dear Tom, Mike, Steve and family,

    I was sad to hear of Linda’s passing. I have fond memories of her enthusiasm and fun to be with spirit. I am a better person for having known her and the encouragement she provided me.

    May God grant you peace at this time of loss. Rex

  14. Tom,my heart aches for your loss. Linda was one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever met. Inside and out. Her smile could light up a room, as she often did when she came up to the offices at SMI back in the day. She was always very friendly and talkative and I loved being around her at SMI parties or when I met with her at her office. You and your sons are in my thoughts. Big hug to all of you. – Rhonda Maher

  15. Mike wanted you to know that we were thinking about you and your family. We were very sorry to hear about your loss.
    Stewart and Misty Speer

  16. You always treated me as if I was your own son. I had so much respect and love for you. Although I havent seen you in years, you will always have a special place in my heart. You will be truly missed. Love you!

  17. Sara Schindler

    I just learned of Linda’s passing . I was one of Linda’s clients off and on through the years . What a great and funny lady! I always loved talking to her, and she always remembered me even if it had been years since we had spoken. Linda was so proud of her boys and her grandchildren. I remember when she said her husband helped her shower when she broke her shoulder in the Target parking lot. Every time I see one of those little covers painted yellow in the Target parking lot I think of Linda. She will be greatly missed.

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