Reflections of Life of Mother Linda S. (Davis) Wright
We remember now in LOVE your life from beginning to end. We were blessed. We knew you as WIFE, SISTER, MOTHER, GRANNY, AUNTIE and FRIEND.
In Gary, Indiana, on a warm sunny Friday, September 1, 1950, Cleo G. and Virginia Lee (Morrison) Davis gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She was the third daughter; third of nine children. She was named Linda Sue Davis. In the family she was known as “Big Sis”. Linda was raised by her parents in Fort Wayne, IN after a brief stay in Cape Girardeau and St. Louis, MO. Linda’s parents taught her the value of hard work and education. Although Linda stood 5 feet 2 inches tall at adulthood, she had the heart and soul of someone 6 feet 7 inches and would kindly tell you she had no time for nonsense. She enjoyed good music, earning (making) money and was an excellent cook. Linda took pride in her home. You could always find her watching “Texas Walker Ranger” (in her words), “In the Heat of the Night” or any old Western movie she could find. When there was nothing on T.V. the phone was her friend. She would get her personal “handmade” phonebook out and call her beloved siblings, her brother/cousin, Stanley, and good friend Marilyn Pace, or whoever she could reach. She wanted to know what was going on and always asked the question, “Are you alright?”
Upon finishing high school, she helped her parents support her five younger siblings; emotionally, financially, and lovingly. Linda expected GREATNESS out of all of them, often reiterating to get a job, have your own and be responsible for yourself.
In 1966, Linda, a young, beautiful, and outgoing fashion diva, became the proud mother of a baby girl, Tracy Dawanna. Even though she was young, she was determined to take good care of Tracy and working several jobs to do so. In 1975, God blessed Linda with a beautiful baby boy, Desmon Heath,who became the joy and apple of her heart. Linda never held her tongue to tell you she had two beautiful kids, not ONE BUT TWO and that she would do anything in the world for them, even if it meant giving them her last.
On February 2, 1978, she married her confidant, partner in crime, and best friend, Sammie Wright. The two of them together raised Tracy and Desmon in a beautiful, well-kept home filled with many holiday celebrations, birthdays, cookouts, and family gatherings with family and friends.
Their home later became the family house. Nieces and nephews loved to visit Aunt Linda and Uncle Sam’s house for a good ole home cooked meal. You could always get her famous mac n cheese, collard greens, and dressing made with her secret ingredients. You could also hear her yelling, “Sam, turn that oven down”, “Sam, did you put “that” in that pot?” When you heard that, you knew the meal was going to be FIRE.
Linda loved her family WHOLE HEARTEDLY and did not mind saying EXACTLY what was on her mind. She was always determined to do things her way, on her time. Linda’s true divine love was her children, who affectionately called her momma and jokingly called her “short legs.” Linda took honor and pride in her grandchildren, who proudly called her granny.
Her loving and supportive husband could always be heard referring to her as “honey”. You could often hear him saying things such as “Honey, are you hungry?”, “What you need honey?” and “Honey, I’ll be right back”. Anytime you visited Linda, the conversation would always end up on her children or grandkids. Her granddaughter, Taylor, is known to the family as Rudee but was always “TayTay” to granny. Her grandson, Desmon JaWan, known to the family as Duce but was always “Ducey Duce” to his granny. She would often call them and if they did not call back in a timely manner, they could expect a voicemail saying, “Hello, this is your grandma Linda. I’ve been trying to reach you, call me please.” Whenever she was in contact with them, she made it her duty to put something in their pocket or belly.
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