Linda Mae Thornburg


Linda Mae Thornburg, 65, passed away March 7, 2023, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Missouri.

Linda was born July 16, 1957, to William Dean Waters and Zelma (Beam) Waters in Carthage, Missouri. She worked at Industrial Linens from Clean Inc. for 12 years. Linda liked collecting recipes, Indian artifacts, casino trips, and scratcher tickets. She enjoyed spending time with her family, working crossword puzzles, and especially playing cards.

Linda married Virgel Glenn Thornburg on July 18, 1975, in Miami, Oklahoma. Together they had four children.


Linda is survived by her husband, Virgel; her four children, Brenda Shankles and her husband, Harold, Virgel Thornburg, II, Billy Thornburg, and Douglass Thornburg; two sisters, Sue Knight and her husband, Leroy, and Lisa Pickard; two brothers, Walter Waters and his wife, Sandra, and Kavan Waters; eight grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Linda is preceded in death her parents, William and Zelma Waters, and a brother.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Online condolences may be made at Arrangements are under the direction of Ulmer Funeral Home.