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Linda Whelan Barber

  • On March 1, 2023

On the evening of Saturday, February 18 heaven gained a good one. Linda Whelan Barber, aged 75, passed peacefully with her son and daughter by her side. She is off on a new adventure, surrounded by love and laughter, and those who have gone before her. Linda was not afraid to die, just like she was not afraid to live, and live big she did. Her fearlessness guided her and inspired those around her.


How do you even begin to describe a woman with an infectious smile, a fierce spirit, and an open heart? She was a true friend to all, a fabulous listener, a beautiful writer, a creative soul, a devoted mother and grandmother, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, an adventurer, a dreamer, a lover of animals, a motivator, a stable force in many people’s lives, and most importantly she was a GOOD person. Her heart was filled with color and light. She was real. She was kind. She loved deeply with her whole heart, hugged tightly with her whole being, and would take you in as if you were her own.


Linda is survived by her son Ryan Barber, wife Denise Barber and their sons Reid, Cole and Chase, her daughter Kelsey Friday, husband John Friday and sons Cooper and Mason. She is also survived by her sister Barbara Greene and many loved nieces and cousins. She is preceded in death by her parents Robert Talmadge Whelan and Harriet Preston Whelan.


If anyone would like to donate in her memory, donations can be made to the David Sheldrick Wildlife trust. Web site is:



There will be a family celebration of life for Linda at a future date.

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Scott Thomas
Linda was just the sweetest woman ever imaginable. Her passing leaves a giant hole in my heart !! God Bless Her !! Scott
She came into my life as my best friend’s momma, and I was lucky enough years later to have my own special friendship with her. Thank you for the talks and the time we shared, LeeLee❤️
Lisa Todd
I always found Linda to be a delight! As her massage therapist, we worked together over the years striving to obtain and maintain comfort and ease. We laughed often about both ourselves and the world. I will miss her and hearing of the life and those she loved. ❤️ My condolences 💐 to you all.
LeAnne Wherley
My deepest condolences to Linda’s children, Ryan and Kelsey, her sister, and all of the family. This is quite a shock and I am very sorry to hear this sad news. I knew Linda, years ago in Houston (Kingwood), through a mutual friend, Cindy Kreismer ( Peters) Carr. Linda was a delight to know, and be around. She was smart, witty and so talented. We shared a love of books and reading. Since I am from Pittsburgh, I had hoped to reconnect with her, on my periodic visits. Prayers for those who loved, knew Linda or called her friend.