February 13, 1948 ~ February 5, 2019

Born in: Thornwood, WV
Resided in: Pueblo West, CO

Linda was born in Thornwood, WVA to Anna Mae and Clinton Elza.  She spent her childhood in Durbin, WVA, along with her sisters Jean and Carole, and brothers Larry and Tom.  After graduation from high school, she moved to Washington, D.C. and worked for a time at the Department of the Navy.

It was in D.C. that she went to a party with some friends and saw this guitar player in the corner.  That guitar player was based in D.C. after returning from Vietnam.  They started dating, and just 5 quick months later, Linda and Bill Dietrick were married on August 31, 1968.  Soon after, they moved across country, back to Colorado where Bill was from.  They lived in Pueblo, CO while Bill was finishing college, and then moved to various places in the west while Bill was a claims adjuster working various regions.

In 1973, they welcomed their daughter, Shannon, and settled in Thornton, CO, where they lived for the next 30 years, most of that time in the same neighborhood.  They made lifelong friends with the neighbors, and enjoyed many camping trips, barbecues, and trips to the Caribbean with these close-knit friends.  During this time, Linda worked as the Legal secretary for the Adams County District Attorney.  She stayed 25 years there before retiring.

Once she and Bill had retired, they moved back to southern Colorado, to a new town called Pueblo West.  They’ve lived there since, making new great friends, and enjoying the milder winters.  Just before their move to Pueblo West, Shannon married Mike Hansen, and Linda finally had the kid that she could tease constantly.  Linda and Mike had a great relationship, ribbing each other all the time, and always doing the dishes together after holiday dinners.  He was her “favorite son in law”.  Shannon and Mike then welcomed their son, Declan.  Declan was the apple of Linda’s eye, and she doted on him like crazy.  There wasn’t anything her “little Bubba” could do wrong, and in the last months of her life she always lit up when she saw him walk in the room.  They were great pals, whether taking trips together to Orlando, or just laying on the bed together while Declan explained his latest video game.

Linda was a funny, spunky woman, always ready for a laugh, but also someone you couldn’t wait to tell your day to.  She will be missed beyond measure by her family and friends.

In lieu of flowers,  please consider a donation to PAWS for Life, P.O. Box 11208, Pueblo, CO 81001, in Linda’s name.



Memorial Service: February 17, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

Reception: February 17, 2019 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - South Metro/Centennial
5303 E County Line Rd
Centennial, CO 80122

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  1. We are so sorry for your loss. Linda’s laugh will be missed. She was blessed to have you as her daughter. Prayers and love to all of you.

  2. Shannon, Uncle Bill, Mike, and Declan: my heart goes out to you all during this difficult time. Please take comfort in knowing that Aunt Linda brought so much joy to my childhood and truly made my life better just by being her niece. I pray you all find comfort in the days ahead. Sending all my love!

  3. Our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones of this wonderful lady. You are in our prayers and remain so for some time. May God lift up your hearts and your eyes toward heaven for that is where Linda is now, with the Father.


    Barry Zell & Family

  4. Shannon, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Your mom’s bright light in this world will surely be missed. Stay strong.

  5. My sincere condolences to the family. May the God of all comfort give you the comfort you need to endure this difficult time and the days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4)

  6. My sincerest condolences to your family, Shannon. While I never met Linda, she sounds like a great lady who I am confident will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. Sending prayers your way.

  7. We are so sorry for the loss of your mom, mother-in-law and grandma. She was such a kind lady and raised a wonderful daughter! Our hearts go out to you all and you will be in our thoughts. Sending much love, Caroline Eric, Conor and Liam.

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