1942 - 2016

Linda Lou Cosby, 73, of Farmington, Mo., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 3, 1942, in East Peoria, the daughter of the late Forest Cummings and Alice Stapleton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Oral Stapleton; and her brother, Steven Stapleton.

Linda grew up in East Peoria, where she graduated in 1960 from East Peoria High School. She moved to St. Louis in 1967 where she raised three daughters with encouragement and the motto: “girls can do anything.” She later became a registered nurse and worked as a nurse manager for Barnes-Jewish Hospital for more than 20 years. She guided and mentored her staff the same way she did her daughters.

Linda was an adored wife, mother and grammy who will be missed always by her husband, Linwood Cosby; daughters, Kelly (Patrick) Pahl of St. Louis, Angela Shea of Chicago and Erin (Tom) Kaminski of St. Louis; six grandchildren, Connor, Caitlin and Tara Pahl, Maggie Hollerman, and Sam and Ellie Kaminski; her sister, Julie (Joe) Story; and brother, Bill Stapleton, all of East Peoria; five stepchildren; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives, dear friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 8. Her service will follow at noon at Three Rivers Baptist Church, 2026 State Road HH, Farmington, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Pulmonary Research Fund c/o The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital, or the Parkland Pregnancy Resource Center in Park Hills, Mo.

To offer condolences online, visit cozeanfuneralhome.com.