Ms. Linda Cox filled our office with smiles and laughter for over 30 years. Ms. Linda, as many of her patients so fondly referred to her, loved her career as a dental hygienist. She genuinely cared for her patients and put them first many times when working did not come easy. She truly had a special gift with her patients. She enjoyed learning about each and remembered their children’s names and previous conversations from prior visits. With her fiery red hair and warm smile, Linda could open that door to call you back for your cleaning and make you forget you were even at the dental office. Many of her patients said it was like spending time with a good friend.
Growing up, she cherished time with her grandmother, spending many hours baking together. Linda’s baking skills were admired by all who had the opportunity to taste her culinary treats! On the beautiful days, it was hard for Linda to look out the window at work and not think about a game of golf with her friends at the Gallatin County Club. She also enjoyed spending time with her many friends from high school. She had a joy for life that made you want to smile just being around her.
Cancer is a horrible disease.
Over 15 years ago, Linda fought her battle with melanoma and won with no question! She came out stronger and more determined. This summer, Linda had what she thought was pneumonia. The first of July she went to the doctor and requested a chest x-ray. This is when a mass was found in her lung. More waiting and tests discovered Linda had stage 4 melanoma lung cancer.
Gradually, it became difficult for our sweet Linda to talk and breathe, but she was still determined to beat this cancer, too.
A mere two weeks after her cancer diagnosis, Ms. Linda finished her battle with cancer and found perfect peace and rest in the arms of Jesus. She had every intention of telling her friends and patients her cancer had returned once she had a treatment plan in place from her oncologist the next week. But the Lord had other plans.
A month later, it still does not seem real. It has been difficult for our staff to truly grasp this sudden loss of our precious friend and co-worker. We wish to publicly thank everyone who has called and brought cards and gifts to the office. You have lost a dear friend as well, and together we are all thankful for the gift of her friendship.