Linda Lou (Talbert) Caraway

Linda Lou (Talbert) Caraway


Linda Lou (Talbert) Caraway, 77, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, October 26, 2022 in the presence of her family after a brief stay at The Pines in Kirksville.

Born July 31, 1945 in Kirksville, Missouri, Linda was the daughter of the late Blake Eugene and Carrie Verdene (Miller) Talbert. She was also preceded in death by; one sister, Sue Hudson; one brother, Roger Talbert and two brothers-in-law, Don Hudson and Lovell Caraway.

On November 20, 1982, Linda was united in marriage to Joe “Allen” Caraway who survives. She is also survived by two sons, Todd E. (Angela) Caraway of Kirksville, MO, and Kyle (Dana) Caraway of Jefferson City, MO; seven grandchildren, Samantha Caraway and (Travis Halterman), Nicholas Caraway, Zachary Caraway, Blake (Katie) Caraway, and Laura Caraway and (Josh Porter), Thomas and Sam Booker and one great-grandson, Ethan Caraway, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Linda was a Class of 1963 graduate of Greentop High School and attended Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville. She was employed as a CNA at Laughlin Hospital before going to work for KIRX Radio Station. Linda then worked at Baldwin’s Bizmart in Kirksville, before owning and operating her real estate appraisal business. Later Linda worked for both KCOM and Truman State University’s printing services. She ultimately retired from TSU working in the office of Campus Planning. She thoroughly enjoyed many years as an advisor for the Truman University Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

Earlier in her life, Linda enjoyed being active as a Scout leader while her boys were in Cub Scouts and later Boy Scouts for over twenty years. She was a committee member of Friends of the NRA and was a past President of the Fugate Cemetery Board. Linda also volunteered with the local Miss America Scholarship Program, Shelbyfest (where her son, Kyle, hosted a nationwide Mustang Rally) and was a past member of Hamilton Street Baptist Church.

Linda was devoted to her family and loved time spent with her grandchildren, great-grandson, and nieces and nephews. She enjoyed fishing, shooting, woodworking, painting and crafting.

A Celebration of life with eulogies given by Linda’s family will be held November 4th at Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville. Family will receive friends for Visitation from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the chapel, with the Memorial/Celebration of Life service to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Fugate Cemetery and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501 or made online at:

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