Linda Cobb Bigham was born on July 10, 1947, in Amarillo, Texas to Edena Beard and James F. Cobb and passed away on April 26, 2014.
Services will be at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with the Reverend Jo Roberts Mann officiating. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
Linda was the oldest of three children born to her parents. Out of all the many roles she played in life, being the oldest sister was one of favorites. Linda was very proud of her Texas heritage, and she spent countless hours retracing the history of her family. She was a direct descendant of James Hope, one of Stephen F. Austin’s “Old Three Hundred” who received a land grant on the Brazos River on July 10, 1824. She is also directly descended from Nicholas Crunk and Prosper Hope who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto. Linda took advantage of every opportunity to explore and share her Texas heritage with her children and grand children.
Linda grew up in the First Baptist Church of Amarillo. During her childhood, she attended Wolflin Elementary School and Stephen F. Austin Junior High School. She graduated from Amarillo High School in 1965.
After graduating from Amarillo High School, Linda attended Baylor University. Although Linda did not graduate from Baylor University, she was Baylor proud. She became a Baylor University Alumnus by Choice in 2013. Linda earned both her Bachelor and her Master’s degrees from West Texas State University.
Upon completing the requirements for teacher certification, Linda began a successful teaching career in the Canyon Independent School district. A favorite amongst teachers and students alike, she earned many honors while in the classroom including the chance to be a delegate for CISD at the NEA convention in Louisville, KY in 1986. Linda shined as an administrator in CISD. She began her journey at Canyon High School, but she became a Raider when the doors of Randall High School opened up in 1988. While at Randall High School, Linda was able to be both a tough administrator and a kind leader for teachers and students alike. She will be remembered as a wise and reassuring presence for the teachers and staff at Randall High School. Her career in education spanned more than four decades, and she has touched the lives of thousands of students with her kind heart and knack for motivating reluctant learners.
Linda was loved greatly by her family and all who knew her because of her amazing sense of humor and clever wit. She not only told her children and grand children how to be a great human being- she demonstrated it each day through her words and interaction with others. Linda was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mom, and teacher. Through her involvement with St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, she also demonstrated her faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Her life partner, her children, her grandchildren, and her siblings will miss her for countless reasons. We are all better people because of the influence she has had on our lives.
Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Edena Beard Cobb, and her former husband and father of her two children, John Dean Bigham.
Linda is survived by her father, James F. Cobb of Brentwood, Tenn; her brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Nita Cobb of Euless; her sister and brother-in -law, Mark Buford and Dena Kay Buford of Brentwood, Tenn; her son and daughter-in-law, John Todd and Lori Bigham of Amarillo; her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Hayden and Trey McKinney of Rowlett; and her beloved life partner of more than 30 years, Vivian Salazar of Amarillo. Linda was also blessed with 3 grandchildren: Katherine May McKinney and Jameson Ryan McKinney of Rowlett and Madison Gray Bigham of Amarillo. In addition, Linda was blessed with 4 nephews and 3 nieces.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School’s financial assistance fund to aid students in economic need who desire to attend St. Andrew’s.