Linda Mae Small Duane was born on May 13, 1950 to the late Mary Lee Hinton Small & Scott Small, Sr. in Bylas, AZ. Linda entered into eternal rest on June 13, 2019 in her home in Bylas, AZ. She was the last living in her family.
She is survived by her husband Horace Duane, Jr, her 7 children, 5 daughters and 2 sons; Tina Duane Kenton, Rosie Duane, Jarrett Duane, Cynthia Duane, Martina Duane, Maribelle Duane & Horace Duane III. Linda has a total of 35 Grandchildren, 23 Great-Grandchildren and many other relatives.
Growing up, Linda went to day school in Bylas, AZ. She was a daddy’s girl and her late father, Scott, was always there to help with what she needed. She also learned how to cook at a young age from her late mother, Mary. She grew up with many relatives, mostly her cousin sisters in which they helped one another. She use to always like to tell stories of her pet skunk names Tinker Bell.
Linda, anlong with her cousin sisters, would enjoy going to the dance hall together to go dancing. There, she met her soon to be husband, Horace Duane, Jr. Shortly after they met, they began the start of their family. Linda enjoyed her life as a house wife. She was also a seasonal firefighter for the summer, she also liked to coach and play basketball with her cousin sister as well with her team that was called “Tiger Reds”.
Linda took the time to take care of her brother and sisters-in-law and took her children everywhere with her even when she would travel to rodeo circuits with her husband. She enjoyed spending time with her family and husband, she also liked to take her children swimming. Linda became a member of the Point of Pines Cattle Association and she lived the country life, experiencing the “cowboy way” of life in the mountain cattle ranch at Point of Pines, Clover, Midnight, Park Creek and Eagle Creek.
Linda liked to sew, play apache cards, do puzzles and work on crossword puzzles. She also liked to go to the casino to play bingo or play the slot machines. She would always watch old western movies on her favorite TV show, Bonanza. In her spare time at slaughter mountain, she would like to dig out fine agates. She always loved to tell stories to her grandchildren and visit family friends.
At her time of death, she enjoyed spending time at home with many loved ones beside her. She was surrounded by family, friends and relatives each day until her last. Hearing and seeing her family and friends as well as the smiles and laughter of her grandchildren all around her brought her joy. Linda will be missed deeply each and every day by all who knew and loved her.