Linda Jo Westbrook Oakes, 66, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, after battling multiple sclerosis and cancer for many years. Linda was born February 6, 1951, to Bobby and Wanda Westbrook in Waxahachie, Texas.
After graduating Waxahachie High School, she attended both the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.
She spent several years working at Harris Hospital in Fort Worth, where she met husband and love of her life, Dr. Rolland F. Oakes. She later worked as the assistant business manager at Casa Manana Theatre for over a decade, where she made many life-long friends.
Linda also had her private pilots license.
Linda was a devout Roman Catholic and served the Lord and his church at Saint Patrick Cathedral. Having an enduring passion for music, she also performed with the Saint Patrick Cathedral Choir for almost 17 years. Linda touched so many lives with her compassion and generosity; she had the most infectious laugh and was an enthusiastic conversationalist. She was so very loved and will be deeply missed.
Linda was welcomed into heaven by her brother, Donnie Westbrook; aunt and uncle, Martha “Bunkie” and Nolan Westbrook; uncle, Giles Edwards; cousin, Jeff Griffin; Don Thompson (husband of Luzon); Russ Boswell (husband of Stephanie); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, family and friends.
She is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, Rolland Oakes; parents Bobby and Wanda Westbrook; sister Laurie Jeffry and husband Tony, and their children Aubrie and Avery; aunt, Glenda Edwards; aunt and uncle Janis and Darrell Almand; cousins, Jane, Julie, Amy and Anna; Rolland’s children, Tim Oakes and wife “Q”, Luzon Thompson, and Stephanie Boswell, and Skylar Boswell; 8 great-grandchildren; and many loved ones.
Family and friends will be received at Thompsons Harveson & Cole Funeral Home (702 8th Ave., Fort Worth, Texas) on Sunday, October 15, 2017, from 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Recitation of the rosary will begin at 4:00 p.m.
The celebration of Linda’s life will be held at Saint Patrick Cathedral (1206 Throckmorton St., Fort Worth, Texas) on Monday, October 16, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Greenwood Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or the Saint Patrick Cathedral Choir.