November 15, 1951 - December 31, 2015
Tuesday, January 5th at 7:30 p.m. Harlem Road United Methodist Church
Linda Jean Newlun Bright met her Lord Jesus Christ face-to-face on December 31, 2015. Linda was born to Norma Jean and Robert Roy Newlun in Chillicothe, OH on November 15, 1951. She is preceded in death by her father, Aunt Inez, Uncle Ike, Grandmother Grace Campbell, Cousin Jim and others. She is survived by her husband Frank, daughter Kelly Bright, daughter Emily Bright Goldman, son-in-law Josh Goldman, mother Norma Newlun, brother David Newlun, Cousin Sally Lewis, Aunt Betty Lewis, Uncle Don Newlun, Aunt Kaye Newlun, Cousins Dawn Newlun Sorenson and Debbie Newlun Bates and many friends. She welcomed her first grandchildren Lilly and Logan Goldman on December 7th, 2015. Linda and her husband Frank were married 41 years and were Otterbein College classmates and sweethearts.
Linda was a graduate of Otterbein College, class of 1973. She taught for Westerville City Schools for about six years and then after having her own children began a long career in early childhood education. She was the director of the YWCA Learning Tree Pre-School in Westerville and gained national accreditation for that program. She later ran all early childhood programs for the YWCA before finishing her career as a teacher and co-director of the Bexley United Methodist Preschool before retiring in 2007.
Linda loved to travel and was able to take trips with her husband Frank all over the United States and overseas. Linda also developed an interest in genealogy and traced her family back to the 1600’s. She also became very proficient in digital scrapbooking and chronicled many family vacations and celebrations in hard cover books that she created and are cherished by her family.
Linda was known for her strong faith in God and His love for people. She shared her faith freely by actions as much as words. Linda was not defined by her illness, but rather as a loving mother, wife, teacher, artist, love for her family and love of travel. But most of all she was defined by her love for the Lord and her deep abiding faith. When she became ill she always said that whatever happens, getting well or not, – “Either way I win!” And she has won the ultimate reward as she joins other saints in heaven.
A Celebration of Linda’s life will be held Tuesday January 5th at Harlem Road United Methodist Church, 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, OH 43021 at 7:30pm. Per Linda’s request please dress casually and incorporate the color orange if possible as this was her favorite color. Her family will host a home visitation open house (5950 Litchfield Rd., Columbus 43235) on Wednesday January 6th from 4 to 8pm for those who would like to stop by to reminisce and share memories.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Harlem Road UMC Legacy Fund.
Arrangements handled by MORELAND FUNERAL HOME, Westerville, Ohio. Condolences may be made at www.morelandfuneralhome.com