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Linda Gail (Driskell) Barnett

Linda Gail (Driskell) Barnett, 68, of Richmond, died at 1 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at the North Kansas City Hospital.

Linda was born June 16, 1944 in Richmond, to Quinley Pierce and Patsy Nadine (Gash) Driskell. She married John H. Barnett, Jr. of Kansas City, Mo. Nov. 4, 1966. He survives of the home.

Linda was employed at Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing, Inc. for 40 years, before retiring in July of 2010 as Vice President of Greenhouse Sales. She designed, marketed and sold greenhouses all across the United States as well as internationally. While at Stuppy’s employment, she held two patents; one for the final inspection paint booth for the automotive industry. She was instrumental in the success, development and sale of new products for Wadsworth Manufacturing, which is a major vendor for Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing. Linda was an icon and pioneer in her industry. She was a woman in a man’s world and made it; she broke the glass ceiling for women in the greenhouse industry.

Linda loved to fish and loved her lake house where she frequented with her family, including parents, husband, cousins, her daughter and her husband and grandchildren. She enjoyed riding her wave runners and following her family in the ski boat. She loved her flowers and plants at her home in Richmond. She was a member of the Richmond First Baptist Church. She attended Richmond High School. She held an honorary degree from the state of Missouri and the FFA. She held a seat on the Modine Greenhouse Council, nationwide. She had lived in Richmond most of her life.

Additional survivors include; one daughter and son-in-law, Dina Rena’ and Kevin Blackmore of Overland Park, Kan., two grandchildren, Niccole Rena’ and Alexandria Nadine Pearon and one step granddaughter, Alena Leighanne Blackmore.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. Jude’s Hospital, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children or to Toys 4 Tots.

The family would like to give a special “Thank You” to the Nursing Staff of North Kansas City Hospital Oncology Unit as well as Dr. Sirridge and Dr. Gordon for their compassion and loving care given to their beloved Linda, during her illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, at 1:30 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 31,  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Thurman Funeral Home in Richmond. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery in Richmond. Online condolences can be left at www.thurmanfuneralhome.com.

3 Responses to Linda Gail (Driskell) Barnett

  1. Gustavo Guinea

    October 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    I loved Linda! I first met her 16 years ago, she immediatly embraced me with a tough love kind of way. She refused to let me stay at hotels hen I made sales calls to her. She open her home for me to stay the night.

    My love and prayers are for John Harvey, and her faimilay and friends.

    Will miss you Linda,

    Love Gustavo.

  2. Gary Dean

    October 30, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    When I was 16 my father, George Dean, took me on my first trade show at Baltimore, MD. That’s when I first met Linda. Linda was the hub of a giant wheel that had numerous spokes attatched to it. Being one of the many spokes, I had countless good times doing business with Linda, and best of all had a freindship with her. She was the Margaret Thatcher of a male dominated industry and she could kick some butt when she had to. Linda will be greatly missed and I shall always remember her while I’m around. My sincere Condolences for her family and long time friends.
    Sincerely,
    Gary Dean Wadsworth Control Systems

  3. Bruce & Debbie Holden

    October 30, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    John Harvey;
    We are truly sorry for your loss!!

    Bruce And Debbie

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