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Linda Stilabower, 91, died New Year’s Day at Hidden Lake Care Center after a short battle with cancer.

She was born June 6, 1921 in Dade County, Missouri, the daughter of Samuel and Blanche Divine. She graduated from Golden City High School in 1938. In 1941, she married George W. Stilabower in Elkton, MD. They lived in Patterson, NJ, where he worked for Wright Aeronautical. They returned to the Lamar area in August 1941. During those years their two daughters were born (Sandra in 1945 and Karen in 1947). They moved to Chillicothe, MO in 1951.  Linda and her friend, Lorene Stambach, owned and operated the House of Fabric in Chillicothe from 1957 to 1977. During that time Linda worked actively with 4-H clubs and home economics classes throughout several counties surrounding Chillicothe. In 1976, they were blessed with the arrival of their only grandson, Andy.  In 1977 George retired , Linda & Lorene sold their business and George & Linda moved to the Lake of the Ozarks. Linda, who loved to be around people, continued to work until she was 75. During those years, she also volunteered for Tall in the Saddle, a horse riding program for disabled youth. She was an excellent seamstress, cook and loved growing flowers and entertaining. .  On weekends, their house at the Lake was always full of family & friends having a good time--boating, skiing, fishing, eating. Champagne breakfasts on the pontoon and fish fries were frequent activities.

In July 2012, she and George moved to a retirement apartment in Raytown. In November, she was diagnosed with cancer and spent her remaining days at Hidden Lake Care Center in Raytown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Virgil and Sammy Divine, her sister Mary (Sis) Clements, and her daughter, Sandra.

She is survived by her husband, George of Raytown; her daughter Karen and her husband Allan of Raytown; son-in-law Joe Caraway of Kansas City; grandson, Andy Caraway and his partner Gary of Overland Park, KS; her sister, Claude Dean McDonald Budd of Golden City, MO; and many loving and caring nieces & nephews.

Graveside services will be Saturday, Jan. 5 at Morehead Cemetery, 6 miles East of Lamar and a celebration of her life will be Sunday, Jan. 6 at Elliott Place Apartments, 7420 Maple Avenue, Bldg. 2, Raytown, MO. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, 9921 Ward Parkway, Suite 100, Kansas City MO 64114.


#4 Prairie Village, KSRick & Gina Lowrey 2013-01-14 13:20
I have many fond memories of Mom & Dad (Kay & Dale Lowrey) visiting Linda and George during the "Churchill years". They were true friends to Mom & Dad. Linda will be missed. Prayers to the family. We are very sorry for your loss.
#3 Dee Nibarger Hall 2013-01-09 12:55
I recall lots of my clothes being very special because Mom and Linda put together beautifull ideas. Linda was so much a creative force in Chillicothe, and a friend to many. I am sure she will be missed. All my best prayers to the Family. Dee
#2 Billings, MOPam & Debbie 2013-01-08 22:05
When I moved to the Lake of the Ozarks to start a new job working for Debbie Shaw, a veterinarian In Laurie, Linda and George treated me like one of their daughters. I had worked with their daughter Karen at St Lukes in KC for nearly 15 yrs. They continued to be surrogate parents for both Debbie & I. We will never forget their love & friendship. We will miss you.
Pam & Debbie
#1 North Platte, NEShelly Perks Slaba 2013-01-05 16:17
Sending Hugs and Prayers to George, Karen, Allan, Joe, Andy and Gary. Linda became my friend about 46 years ago. Our families met while George, Linda, Manford and Eva were in Nebraska Pheasant Hunting. For many years they would come to hunt and stay with our family. They all became a part of our family and we always looked forward to seeing them every year. Linda would spoil us by bringing
fabric to us. We also enjoyed our trip to Chillicothe and our visits to The Lake of the Ozarks. Special friends they all were, they all came to help Mike and I celebrate our Wedding Day too. So many memories of you Linda will be within my heart forever. Love You Shelly

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