Linda Lou (Holt) Deshazer, 77, passed away on October 9, 2019, at her residence. A lifelong resident of Nelson County and a member of Cox’s Creek Baptist Church, Linda was born to the late Alberta Parish Weathers and Albert R. Holt, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband George Deshazer and survived by her daughter Rita Deshazer, brother, Albert R. Holt, Jr. (Susan) and two grandchildren, Moriah Ellis (Austin), Lauren Dick (Sutherland) and two stepsons, John Deshazer of Harrodsburg and David Deshazer of Bardstown as well as one grandson and several nieces and nephews.
Linda graduated from Old Kentucky Home High School, earned a Bachelor Degree from Campbellsville College and taught eighth grade at Spencer County High School until her retirement.
From an early age, while living on her grandfather’s farm in Woodlawn, KY, she developed a love of horses and horseback riding and for the rest of her life owned horses and competed in numerous American Saddlebred horse shows, bringing home a number of championship ribbons.
She was a lover of pets and no stray animal was ever turned away, either keeping a stray cat or dog herself or working tirelessly to find a home for the fortunate homeless animal who found Linda. She could often be seen riding around Bardstown with her beloved dog, Penny, who was never left behind, regardless of the occasion.
Linda possessed an unusual combination of an iron will (tempered with a streak of stubbornness) and a kind heart that touched many family members, students, and friends in the community.
Linda fully embraced life and she will be greatly missed.
Her funeral service will be at 11:00 am Saturday October 12, 2019 at Barlow Funeral Home with burial in Bardstown Cemetery. Pastor Jim Bratcher will officiate. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 pm Friday October 11 and 9 to 11 am Saturday October 12.
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