Linda Schell Burgin

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Linda Schell Burgin passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at J.F. Keever, Jr. Solace Center. She was born in Asheville to Margaret Roberts Schell and John Q. Schell, Jr. on November 8, 1949. She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William A. (Bill) Burgin; her two daughters, Connie Harris and Holly Burgin (Jeremy Spivey); grandson, Zachary Famous; granddaughter, Caroline Famous; a grandson to be born, and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Her parents preceded her in death. She graduated from Lee Edwards High School and the University of NC at Asheville. She received her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of NC at Chapel Hill in 1975. She worked as a school social worker at South French Broad Middle School and later as a therapist at the Blue Ridge Mental Health Center in Asheville. She went into private practice as a partner at Asheville Marriage, Family and Psychotherapy Associates in 1989. Linda was a talented musician who began playing the piano and organ at Emmanual Lutheran Church at age 13. She served the last 18 years as the pianist for Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. She was an avid and award-winning gardner and a voracious reader. Linda loved her work as a therapist. Her many clients were an inspiration and a motivation for her during her illness. Her wish for her life was to be a blessing to others. The family wishes to thank the staff at Mission Hospital ICU and at the Solace Center for their wonderful care. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2 at 2:00 P.M at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church in Fairview, NC. Groce Funeral Home on Tunnel Road is assisting the family.

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  1. Holly and family, I am so terribly sorry to know of Linda’s illness and passing. She was a gift to me and to the community, and will be sorely missed. Much love and prayers to you, and rest and peace for Linda.

  2. Bill and Holly, we are so saddened by the news. Linda was such a special and compassionate person. Thinking of you and your family.

  3. Linda counseled Nicky and me, and helped me through some very difficult times. Her life and her fighting spirit were and will continue to be an inspiration for us. She taught me so much about taking control of my responses to life. I will always remember her. My condolences to her family.

  4. Linda’s professional and personal touch positively impacted a tremendous number of lives. Her helping hand and ‘right up the last minute’ courage model merit recognition and remembering. Condolences to the family and all the people who loved her and will miss her…

  5. We are so sorry about your dear loss of Ms. Burgin. May God’s promise of being reunited again with your loved one, bring you much comfort in the days ahead (John 5:28, 29).

  6. So sorry to learn of Linda’s death. She and I were in the class of ’67 at Lee Edwards High School. We met at Hall Fletcher Jr. High..and she was one of my first ‘crushes!’ I remember our going on several ‘dates.’ She was the first girl I gave a ring to…think they called them friendship rings. Her mother, Margaret and my father James ‘Jim’ were in the class of ’43 at LHE. I spent some fun times at her home on Bear Creek Rd. Our paths had not crossed in a number of years, but I remember her fondly and mourn her passing.

    Daren Hutchison
    Little River, SC

  7. Words escape me to describe the sorrow of Linda’s passing. To those of us whose lives she graced we will forever be better for having known her. God rest her soul. I grieve the loss of a dear friend and mentor.

  8. Linda was a dear family friend for 35 years, and we are so deeply sorry to learn of her passing. She was one of a kind- so smart and funny. She was also an exceptionally strong woman, and an inspiration to all who knew her. She will be missed. Our hearts are with her husband Bill and daughters Connie and Holly. Love, Sharon, Ann, Rachel and Tom Smith

  9. Linda was truly blessed with a gift. She helped me through some very difficult years. May her spirit soar & God Bless you all!

  10. I just found out today that Linda had passed away. It makes me sad to have missed the announcement in 2015 and could of perhaps attended her funeral. She was our family therapist for 4 years. She was a kind and compassionate
    person whom really cared about the lives of others.

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