Linda Carol Streety Bishop was born on Mar. 11, 1940 at her family home in Smiley, TX to Joe and Julia Streety. She made heaven her forever home on Sept. 10, 2020 at the age of 80 years.
Linda attended school in Smiley and graduated from Smiley High School in 1958. After graduation she attended Draughan Business College in San Antonio. Her first job was with the telephone company in SanAntonio, and she later worked for Ford Aerospace and Lockheed Martin at NASA where she retired in 1998.
In 1960, she married the love of her life, Earl Graham Bishop, and this August they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Their love and devotion to one another, in sickness and in health, is an inspiration to us all. In 1966, Earl and Linda moved to Dickinson, TX, then to League City, TX where they lived, served, and raised their three daughters. In 1998, they retired back to Smiley to Linda's family land.
Linda is well known for the beautiful music she made on the piano. She served as a church pianist for more than 40 years, serving at Bay Area Baptist Church in League City, TX and First Baptist Church, Smiley, TX. She enjoyed playing for many singing groups, soloist, choirs, weddings, funerals, and community events.
She loved serving her Lord Jesus Christ in many ways. She taught Sunday School to junior high girls and to adults. She loved teaching the Old Testament and was quite a Bible historian. She also served her Lord and made many friends through singing and serving in many capacities, including Vacation Bible School Director and Women's Missionary Union (WMU) leader. She was a prayer warrior and lifted-up her family, friends, and even strangers when she saw a need. Even during her recent illnesses, she would pray aloud for the nurses, aides, and doctors.
Linda loved to help others and served her community that she loved. She organized mission projects that helped many people in her city, state, and in the world. She also served on the school board for the Bay Area Christian School for 25 years. Dear to her heart was the work she did alongside her husband, E.G.,with the Texas Baptist Men.
Linda's daughters brought her much joy. While they were growing up, she was very involved as a volunteerin their activities and lovingly opened her home to their friends and neighbors. Many friends referred to her asMomma B or their second mom. She enjoyed beach trips with her girls, and later her grandchildren. She and"the girls" took trips together and made many deposits in their memory banks.
Lovingly known as "Mimi" by her six grandchildren, she has been their greatest fan, attending athletic events, music concerts, dance performances, baptisms, and school and church events. She loved cooking, canning, and baking and she spared nothing on her grandkids. Just the mention of their names brought joy to her heart and she always told them that she was so proud of them and loved them so much.
In retirement, she and E.G. enjoyed traveling in their RV. They traveled across the country and Canada enjoying the beauty of nature and the fellowship of friends. They also loved camping with their grandkids.
Linda Bishop was a devoted wife, loving mother, adoring grandmother, beloved daughter and sister, caring friend, and faithful servant of her Lord Jesus Christ. Though she will be missed by many, her family is confident that she was greeted by her Heavenly Father with the words from Matthew 25:21, “…well done thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord”.
Linda Bishop is preceded in death by her parents, Joe E. Streety and Julia Bell Anglin Streety Scarbrough; her infant son, Earl Graham Bishop, Jr.; her sister-in-law, Betty Bishop; her brother and sister-in-law, Elder and Gracie Bishop; and her brother-in-law, William Duncan.
She is survived by her loving husband, Earl Graham Bishop; daughters and their husbands, Billy and Carol Pierce, David and Lisa Jiminez, and Darren and LeeAnn Dunn; grandchildren, Everett Glenn Pierce, Ellis Scott Pierce, Ethan Lee Pierce, Julia Elizabeth Beebe, Carter Joseph Dunn, and Addison Renee Dunn; brothers and their wives, Jim and Janie Streety and Philip and Jackie Streety; numerous nieces and nephews; and many, many dear friends.
Services were held at Finch Funeral Chapel in Nixon, TX on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020; Visitation followed at 2:00pm with the Funeral Service at 3:00pm.
Burial will follow at Bundick Cemetery in Smiley, Texas. The Reverend Marvin Miles will be officiant of the services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Linda's name to the Texas Baptist Men's Disaster Relief Fund c/o The First Baptist Church of Smiley, 108 FM 108, Smiley, Texas 78159. You are welcome to sign the online guestbook at www.finchfuneralchapels.com. Services in care of Finch Funeral Chapel, LLC.