Friday 25th of August 1944 - Monday 13th of September 2021
Linda Kuder (nee Colquitt), 77, passed away peacefully Mon., Sept. 13, 2021, after a long struggle with dementia. Linda is survived by her children: Scott (Quinn) Brasfield, Heather (Austin) Gorrigan, Michael Kuder, and Jenni (Doug) Sinor; her grandchildren Cary, Alanna, and Yvette Gorrigan, and Carson Sinor; and several loving nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents, Irene and Leo Colquitt; 3 siblings, Dona Belle, Henry, and Sue; her 1st husband Don Brasfield; and her 2nd husband Jim Kuder.
Linda grew up in Georgia, where she excelled academically, earning a full scholarship to Emory University, making lifelong friends in the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She went on to earn a Master’s degree in the early years of her marriage to Don, and persevered through parenthood, family illness and loss to earn her PhD at the University of KY. Linda dedicated the majority of her professional life to causes associated with the care of our aging population, becoming the Associate Director for the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at UK. Even upon retirement, she spent much of her time advocating for the elderly, especially those with dementia.
Linda had an adventurous spirit and, despite her advocacy and academic pursuits, always found time to be outside, having fun. She loved camping, canoeing, playing tennis, and cycling with her family and, during retirement, traveled the world with Jim and many close friends. She was never too busy, however, to savor the quiet moments with the grandchildren she adored. Linda truly lived her life with passion, connecting deeply with each of her beloved friends and family members.
Visitation will be on Sun., Sept. 19, 2021, 5-7 pm, Milward-Broadway and funeral will be on Mon., Sept. 20, 2021, 11:00 am, at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, 710 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, Ky. 40383. Contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Sanders Brown Center on Again. www.milwardfuneral.com
Linda was a friend, mentor, and a smart, kind, classy lady. She hired me for my very first job in the field of aging. For her inspiration, I am truly grateful. Her smile and zest for life are truly unforgettable. May peace bless all of us that loved her.
Truly such a beautiful soul. I am so thankful that my parents named me after such a phenomenal lady! We share more than just the same name, as I learned later in life, how much we are quite alike. I will always carry a part of her spirit with me! My prayers being sent to the family now and in the days ahead.