Rosemary Linton


WEST UNION – Rosemary Higginbotham Thompson Linton, 77, of Marshall, passed away Nov. 19, 2019, at Willowbrook Care Facility in Marshall. She retired in 2001 from TRW after an 18-year career.

A funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at West Union Christian Church. Burial follows in the Ohio Cemetery. Visitation is from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the church. The Prust-Hosch Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mrs. Linton was born March 28, 1942, at Martinsville, the daughter of the late Ormal and Opal Alexander Higginbotham. She married Herman Thompson June 4, 1960, and they made their home in Marshall where they raised six children. He preceded her in death. She married Robert Linton of Paris, June 22, 2001, shortly after she retired, and he survives.

She is also survived by her children, Jackie (Terry) Birchfield of Marshall, Timothy (Sarah) Thompson of Martinsville, Angela (Bradley) Thompson of Marshall, Curtis (Cathy) Thompson of West Union and Chad (Megan) Thompson of Columbus, Ind.; 12 grandchildren, Steven (Kendra) Birchfield, Dustin (Heather) Birchfield, Shelby (Lewis) Sanborn, Aaron Thompson, Chelsea (Jerome) Hoffman, Layne (Patrick) White, Tyler Thompson, Caden and Carter Thompson and Paxton, Holden and Quinn Thompson; 10 great-grandchildren, MacKenzie and Briana Sanders, Aiden and Peyton Birchfield, Kyson, Brayleigh and Braxtin Birchfield, Zach and Karlie Hoffman and James Sanborn; stepchildren, David Linton of Victory, Texas, Rebecca Knobel of the United Kingdom, Sherri Laughlin of Sandwich; and several step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Brent E. Thompson; sisters, Louise Veach and Hazel Austin; brothers, Clifford and Chester Higginbotham; and great-grandson, Brendan Birchfield.

Mrs. Linton was a 1960 graduate of Martinsville High School. She was an active member of West Union Christian Church for many years. She was known for her pies throughout her community and always had an open table available to friends. Being both a farmer’s daughter and a farmer’s wife, it comes as no surprise that she was a tireless worker. Early in her married life, she was employed at H&H Grain Company in Snyder before going to work at TRW in 1983.

After marrying Robert Linton, the couple enjoyed traveling, having visited much of the United States, including Alaska, Hawaii and Niagra Falls. At home, she put her naturally green thumb to work in her garden and could grow just about anything she could get her hands on. She will be remembered as a selfless soul who cared deeply and loved whole-heartedly.

The twilight years of her life found her active in Lake Ridge Christian Church at Paris. No one could ever doubt the devotion Mrs. Linton had for her savior. She gave Jesus her heart and soul and lived to be a light in the darkness. We have assurance that when she passed to her eternal reward, she was met with the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant."

Memorial donations may be made to the West Union Christian Church, Lake Ridge Christian Church or to Pinehaven Christian Children's Ranch, a residential, year-round program aimed at providing a stable, controlled, secure environment in which young people can reach the potential that God has placed within them. Envelopes will be available at the church.

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