Linda Lee Haykus was a beloved family member, wife, mother, grandmother, and GG during her incredible 82 years of life. She passed away peacefully on the afternoon of October 31, 2023. (Boy is someone going to be in trouble for using her middle name.)
She was born outside of Amarillo, TX at Tony Ridge in a small home to Ethel Wallace and Troy Wallace on February 5, 1941. She was the third of five children and was the favorite of her dad we are told. In her younger days she was renowned for her mouth, not holding back her opinion and occasionally using a curse word or two.
She married Joe Haykus where they worked together to raise two sons. The loss of Joe in 1997 really took the wind out of Linda, and she spent the rest of her life missing him. She had a very active career working multiple positions. She was a waitress and a bartender early in her career. She managed a restaurant, catered events, and hung wallpaper. She was the first woman security manager at Kmart. She served as bookkeeper at Higginbotham Lumber and for many years at Callaway Lumber. She managed Anne's Hallmark. She assisted with bookkeeping and collections at Latimer Auto and before she retired was office manager at the Larry Hannah Law Firm. She retired from there to spend time with her family.
Linda was more than happy to be a central figure in the lives of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Anyone that knew her knew how important these individuals were in her life and how extremely proud of them she was. She loved to make jelly and was famous for her Scrap berry and Lemon Blueberry jellies. She was very meticulous at cooking pies and her meringue had to be perfect every time. She loved watching the greats and the grandchildren play sports and followed them till almost the end of her life. She was probably the only person known to be a professional gift wrapper and routinely used hot glue to ensure the paper, ribbons and ornaments on the gifts remained perfectly in place. She was very charitable and, on many occasions, worked to make life better for other individuals.
She is survived by son Guy Haykus and wife Sandy, granddaughter Alexis Burson and husband Ryan, grandson Kyle Haykus and wife Brandi, granddaughter Jamey Jones and husband Andy, great grandchildren Brynly, Hunter and Madi Burson, Kipp and Kolt Haykus, sister Judy Lekovich, niece Carol Bradley along with many other nieces, nephews and additional family members.
She was preceded in death by her father Troy Wallace, mother Ethel Dawson, brother Don Johnston, sister Dorothy Vaught, sister Patricia Wallace, husband Joe Haykus, and son Troy Haykus.
Her family grieves her loss, but they take comfort knowing that Joe and Linda are together again along with other family members. Services for Linda will be held at Chapel of Hope in Hobbs, NM on November 8th at 10:00 a.m. (MST) with burial at Prairie Haven Cemetery. Visitation with family to share stores and memories will be held from 1 - 4 pm on November 7th.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to either PDAP in Hobbs or OK Childrens Corral in OKC.