Linda Pauline Galyen (Goad), 75, passed away in Gainesville, Florida on July 31, 2022. She was born to Cecil and Edna Goad on May 29, 1947, in North Tazwell, Virginia.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, Ron Galyen, daughters Melinda (Cindy) Thomas, Tammy (Pooh) Thomas (Rebecca) of Gainesville, Florida, Kathy Atwood (Bruce) of Citra, Florida, and son Stephen Galyen (Lori) of Ridgefarm Illinois. She had 4 Grandchildren, Erica Henderson (Ryan), Eddie Macdonald jr., Cory Richardson (Tricia), and Amanda Brewer. She also had 6 great-grandchildren, Easton Henderson, Nathan Moody, Carlee Richardson, Callie Richardson, and Cayden Richardson.
Linda went to Hawthorne High School and was in the class of 1964. At an early age, she learned how to water ski and became a semi-pro by the age of 24. She was also featured in the Alachua Marine Magazine for her skiing skills.
Linda made a lifetime career at Alachua General Hospital/ Shands in Gainesville, Florida, where she was a loyal and loved employee for more than 33 years. She was adored by everyone that knew her and she will be deeply missed. She enjoyed her retirement with her husband Ron and dog “Baby Girl,” at Red Water Lake and then moved to Grand Lakes RV Park. She also loved spending time with her daughters and talking about her days as a water skier.
Her Celebration of Life will be held at New Cross Creek Baptist Church on August 28, 2022, at 3:00 pm. 18921 S. County Road 325, Cross Creek, Florida.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to New Cross Creek Baptist Church.
Arrangements are under the care of MILAM FUNERALAND CREMATION SERVICES, 311 S. Main St, Gainesville, Ff, 32601. 352-376-5361.