Funeral services for Linda (Cole) Hernes will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home with Hospice Chaplin, Tim Arlett officiating. Burial will follow at South Park Cemetery. Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 at Anderson Bethany Funeral Home.
Linda lost her long, hard-fought battle with cancer on Aug. 30, 2014 in Santa Fe. Born Linda Marie Cole on March 3, 1952 to Houston and Margaret Mae (Underwood) Cole in Roswell, Linda grew up in Roswell and ultimately attended Goddard High School. In 1974 she married Gary Hernes, and they moved to Santa Fe with their daughter, Shauna.
Although she had other career aspirations, Linda embraced her new role as a homemaker, mother, family nurse, tutor and many more as she took care of her family. When her daughter grew up and had her own children, Linda adapted easily to the role of loving grandmother. Nothing meant more to Linda than her family.
Linda never hesitated to help others — she served as caregiver for Gary’s mother and her own sister, Katherine (Cole) Shanks, after they were each diagnosed with cancer.
Linda is survived by her husband Gary, her daughter Shauna Hernes, granddaughters Desiree Montoya and Kaelyn Montoya, ex-son-in-law Patrick Montoya, her father Houston Cole, step-father Dudley (Junior) Parks, brothers Dale, David, Paul, and Gary Parks, three nieces and their families, and many others too numerous to mention.
She was preceded in death by her grandmother Faye Rawdon, her mother Margaret Mae (Underwood) Parks, her sister Katherine, and her mother-in-law Margaret Hernes.
Pallbearers include Bill Shanks, Charles Uitts, Earl Hardy, Mark Hendricks, Robert Castillo, and Dwayne Skipper. Honorary pallbearers include Patrick Montoya, Chris Quintana, and David Burton.