Cumberland Times-News

December 18, 2013

LINDA K. VANMETER [Cumberland]

Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — Linda K. VanMeter, 65, of Cumberland, passed away Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, surrounded by her family, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Born June 11, 1948, in Cumberland, she was the daughter of the late William Wilson Twigg and Catharine (Miller) Twigg. She was also preceded in death by her husband, David G. VanMeter.

Mrs. VanMeter was a graduate of Allegany High School Class of 1966 (go big blue!) She was a member of Living Stone Church of the Brethren. A former Sunday school teacher and Deacon, serving on several commissions and committees. She dearly loved her church family. Linda was also a member of the Corriganville Vol. Fire Company Auxiliary. She was retired from First Peoples Federal Credit Union.

Linda is survived by her son, William J. VanMeter and Lory, Mt. Savage; her daughters, Jennifer K. Kessel and Donnie, Ridgeley, Mary Beth Bernard and Matthew, Cresaptown; grandchildren, Joshua R. VanMeter and Nicole, Autumn L. VanMeter, Beth Ann VanMeter, Brady A. Hite, Jacob D. Kessel, Colby J. Kessel, Wyatt D. Kessel, Ryder M. Bernard; great-grandchildren, Shakira Whitacre, Danielle VanMeter, Makya Whitacre. She is survived by her brother, Richard A. Twigg and wife Sandra, Cumberland. Linda is also survived by her in-laws, James T. Van Meter and wife Grace, Cumberland, Barbara J. Van Meter, New Market, the late Dale VanMeter and wife Jean, Potomac Park, Ronald L. Van Meter and wife Bonnie, Hancock, Robert M. Van Meter and wife Cindy, Columbia; and Sheila M. Cuppett and husband Tom, Cumberland. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved as her own. Linda also leaves behind a special aunt and uncle, Colleen and Floyd Engle; several dear friends, as well as, a special companion, Kenneth Royce.

Friends will be received at the Living Stone Church of the Brethren, 114 North Cedar Street, Cumberland, on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. with Pastor Gerald Hott officiating.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions for Linda’s family are welcome at Living Stone Church of the Brethren, 114 North Cedar Street, Cumberland, 21502

Linda will be remembered for her continued strength and courage during the course of her cancer. She never complained about the countless trips for treatment or the relentless days of feeling fatigued. She gracefully endured each day with a smile. She will be especially remembered for her constant dedication to her family. Her compassion for her children and others was undeniable. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

The family would like to give thanks to Dr. Mavromatis for her supportive care she gave to their mom, Dr. Watkins, and the nurses and staff at WMHS Cancer Center. A special thanks to the caring nurses on 7 South; Chris, Shayna, Beverly, Glenda, Patty and Alisha.

I give you this one thought to keep -

I am with you still - I do not sleep.

I am a thousand winds that blow.

I am the diamond glints on the snow.

I am the sunlight on ripened grain.

I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning’s hush,

I am the swift, uplifting rush

of quiet birds in circled flight.

I am the soft stars that shine at night.

Do not think of me as gone -

I am with you still - in each new dawn.