Linda Joyce McEwen

Linda Joyce McEwen, 65, passed away March 12, 2016. A memorial gathering will be held Wednesday, March 16th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 6113 Blue Ridge Blvd, Raytown, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sinclair School of Nursing at the University of Missouri.

Linda was born June 1, 1950 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She graduated with a BSRN from the University of Missouri in 1972.  Linda worked at the Kansas City VA Medical Center for 32 years.  She was on the Alumni Board of Directors for the Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri.  Linda will be remembered for her dedication to her career and Veterans she served.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She is preceded in death by; parents; grandson, Cian. Survivors include; husband of 45 years, Donald McEwen, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Kelley & Eric Gossett, Columbia, Missouri; daughter, Kristy Doyle, Lee’s Summit, Missouri; son, Corey McEwen, Cleveland, Ohio; daughter and son-in-law, Caron McEwen & Max Brown, Lee’s Summit, Missouri and grandchildren, Kendra and MacKinley.


  1. Jane Vogel Cooper on March 14, 2016 at 7:46 am

    So sorry to hear about Linda.
    She was my first “Head Nurse” when I started my first RN job at the University of Mo in 1978.
    She was an excellent role model, staff and patient advocate.
    I can still hear her laugh and she had such a quick wit.
    We will all miss her.

  2. Jerry & Connie Maggert on March 14, 2016 at 9:59 am

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss.

  3. Alan & Brenda Meyer on March 14, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  4. Ron Waggoner on March 14, 2016 at 10:21 am

    My heartfelt condolences go out to Linda’s family, friends and co-workers for their loss. To me, she was a close management partner, and even more, a friend and confidant. Linda was an invaluable advocate for our veterans, representing their interests with an avid passion. I admired her spunk, her ability to cut to the chase, and her unrelenting drive to improve patient care and employee working conditions. I grieve her loss to myself and to all of those whose lives she has touched.

  5. Kathy Courtney on March 14, 2016 at 10:55 am

    So sorry for your loss. The world lost a great woman, advocate and aging light!

  6. Lucy Rouse on March 14, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Linda was a wonderful boss, co-worker and advocate for veterans. She will be missed.

  7. Tom Mason on March 14, 2016 at 11:48 am

    I am saddened to hear of Linda’s passing. I had many interactions with her over the years at the VAMC Kansas City and knew of her devotion to the facility and our veteran patients. My sympathy to her family.

  8. Janet Porter on March 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I am sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. I have worked with her for a number of years and valued her insight and expertise. I always appreciated her ability to deal with complex patient care and personnel issues. I will miss her.

  9. Flora Walker (Nevarez) on March 14, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    My prayers are with you at this time. Linda was a great nurse and truly cared about the veterans. She will be miss by us all

  10. Caroline Davis on March 14, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    I’m sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I enjoyed her wit, dedication to the cause, friendship and smile.
    My condolences to the family and the nursing community.

  11. Jim Hewins on March 14, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I was shocked and saddened by this news today. Linda and I worked together on several projects and committees over the years. I remember her as the Head Nurse, and as a staff nurse. She always considered the patients first. She was a very strong lady. I am grateful for the time we worked together.

  12. Cindy Brooks on March 14, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I was so saddened to hear of Linda’s death. I had the priviledge of working with her and then under her as a new head nurse at MU’s University Hospital. She taught me much about leading people with respect. I have such great memories of her leadership, her advocacy for her patients and her love for her family. She always kept us on our toes. My deepest sympathy for your family.

  13. Kathie Woolery on March 14, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    So sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. My thoughts & prayers go out to her family.

  14. Karen Backus on March 14, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    I served on the MU Sinclair School of Nursing Alumni Organization Board with Linda. Her positive energy lifted up all around her. She was a fierce advocate for the profession of nursing, her colleagues, and the patients and veterans in her care.
    My condolences to Linda’s family and all who love her.

  15. Jo Heigele on March 14, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Linda’s family is in my thoughts and prayers. She was a fun loving, super person to work with, and yes, definitely an advocate for the veterans. I can see her smile even now though I haven’t seen her since retiring in 2008. She will be greatly missed.

  16. Suzanne Foster Waggoner on March 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    Linda was my mentor and my friend who I enjoyed. I was honored to serve as her Assistant Chief.

  17. Patty Wade on March 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Don so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. My condolences to you and your family.

  18. Kim Brown on March 14, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” -Helen Keller

  19. Craig Krueger on March 14, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Don and family,
    I appreciate your friendship, Don, here at Wentworth, and I grieve with you.
    Praying for you and the family,
    Craig Krueger

  20. Barbara Bernhardt on March 15, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Sorry for your loss. Linda was an inspiration to us all. We will miss her dearly.

  21. Sharon Bayne & Beau Rector on March 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Don and Family:

    So very sorry for your loss, our continued prayers and thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this very difficult time. Keep faith that God will be next to you to keep you strong.

  22. Bob McBee on March 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

    My heart goes out to all of Linda’s family. She was an amazing role model for scores of nurses. She was my first nurse manager at the KCVA and hired me in 1991. Without her I can only guess as to where I would have ended up professionally. She will be deeply missed by many and never forgotten.

  23. Kerrie Myers on March 15, 2016 at 9:02 am

    So very sorry. Many prayers for strength and peace to you and your family.

  24. Mark Burke on March 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

    So very sorry, Don. Prayers for you and your family from your friends here at Wentworth.

  25. Deb McCoy on March 15, 2016 at 10:16 am

    What a beautiful lady who was an inspiration to all. My condolences go out to the family for their loss. She was a true representation of what life should be – filled with patience and kindness and joy, and encouragement and inspiration. She will be missed.

  26. Rachel Johnson on March 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

    RIP Linda
    I am grateful having had the opportunity to work with her. She will be truly missed.

  27. Danielle Ziliak on March 15, 2016 at 10:45 am

    It is never easy to lose a mother, best friend and grandmother but I know she will continue to look over you, Kelley. We love you! We will continue to pray for you in this time of grief.


  28. Carol Yonkman on March 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    One of the most devoted mothers I knew. Her family was always her priority despite her busy professional life. Never forget her valentines parties which she invited my son. What a special person.

  29. Chrissey Eidemiller on March 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    The HUGE heart that she had for others is an extremely rare gift to the many people who had the privilege to know her and be blessed by her. Our deepest sympathies, thoughts and prayers.

    Sending our love.
    -Chrissey, Rick & Jayda

  30. Susan Craig on March 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss.
    may Linda be in the arms of Jesus, and at peace.

  31. CONNIE KASL on March 16, 2016 at 6:31 am

    I send my condolences to you. I met Linda in 1988 when she was chief of nursing. I have always admired her as a person and nurse. She was my boss years ago when I was a head nurse. She always had a smile for me and always treated me with respect. Her commitment to helping everyone, to caring for the veterans and providing strong leadership was so very inspiring. I will miss her. I will never forget her.

  32. Scott Nelson on March 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm


    As a veteran, your colleage and your friend, these many years, I grieve with you.

    Blessings of Strength to you,

    My Brother.

  33. Katherine Crabb on March 16, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I was so very sorry and sad to hear the news. Please know that I’m thinking about all of you.
    Your mom always had a “tell it like it is” attitude and I remember having some fun times and lots of laughs in Kansas City with your family.
    She was a wonderful person and will be greatly missed.

  34. Jerry & Monika Masuda on March 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Don, our thought are with you and your family. We are saddened to hear of her passing. Even though our meetings were few, we know Linda was a wonderful person and meant everything to you. Her passing is a great loss not only to your family but also the community.

  35. Rick Cottrell on March 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm


    Your Wentworth Family have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

    I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you all.

  36. Kelly Artis on March 21, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Amazing woman, great advocate, and an amazing spirit. She will be deeply missed.

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