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Lorinda Dodge

Lorinda Jane "Linda" Dodge

Thursday, July 18th, 1935 - Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021
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Lorinda Jane (“Linda”) Mathew Dodge, age 85, passed away Feb. 2, 2021, at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Des Peres, Missouri. A memorial service is planned for a later date at Bruce Funeral Home in Gardner, Kansas, with inurnment at Antioch Cemetery in Miami County, Kansas. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.

Linda was born July 18, 1935, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to Paul Jacob Mathew and Jane Kauffman Mathew. She attended Christian College (now Columbia College) in Columbia, Missouri, and later the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she met her husband, Kirk McLellan Dodge. They were married 57 years before his death in 2015.

At the University of Missouri, Linda earned a bachelor’s in education and pursued graduate studies. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority as well as several honorary societies. She taught elementary school in Columbia for several years. She and Kirk raised two children and lived in Jefferson City, Missouri; Overland Park, Kansas; and rural Gardner, Kansas. They enjoyed a second home in Tucson, Arizona, for many years.

Linda was a nature lover and avid birdwatcher. She was involved in music, both vocal and instrumental, for much of her life. She and Kirk enjoyed traveling and bicycling and were involved in the Kansas City and Olathe running communities for more than 20 years. Linda qualified for and competed in the National Senior Olympics in both running and cycling events. She was a member of PEO and Gardner Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her son Kevin (Carolina) of Accident, Maryland; daughter Lori Dodge Rose (Bob) of Des Peres, Missouri; and grandchildren Rhiannon Dodge and Jenna, Adam and Celia Rose; as well as nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Jim Mathew.
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susan glatt

Posted at 08:46am
Dear Dodge family,

We are sad to learn of your mother's death. Linda and Kirk were both special people. We knew them through the Athletic Club of Overland Park: biking, running, handball. They touched many lives in bright and shining ways and will be well-remembered.
With heartfelt sympathy, Susan Glatt and Denny Aguiar
 
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Lori Dodge Rose Posted at 03:44pm

Thank you for your remembrances. I remember well when the "Club" was a big part of their lives. Thank you for thinking of us, Lori
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Ann Nelson

Posted at 02:06pm
Dear Dodge Family,
I am saddened to learn that we have lost Linda but very grateful for her good life. My late husband, Stan, and I were among Linda and Kirk's many friends who had a passion for running and bicycling - and good times. What an adventure we had one year doing the Santa Fe Trail Bike Ride with them. It was hard work but at the end of each day we gathered in a bar or restaurant, and over a beer, enjoyed the fatigues of the day. Kirk was always the life of our party. Linda and I happened to be almost the same age - both of us born in July, 1935. For many years we would exchange birthday cards just days apart, a nice bond between the two of us that we enjoyed very much. Linda was special. My deepest sympathy to the Dodge family. Ann Nelson
 
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Lori Dodge Rose Posted at 03:42pm

Thank you for writing Ann. They loved those running and bicycling days and taught my brother, Kevin, and me "work first, play later!" Thanks for thinking of us. Lori Rose
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