The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 30, 2014

Linda Kay (Springer) Kilvington

— Linda Kay (Springer) Kilvington, 60, of Mankato (formerly of Cherokee, Iowa and the Ortonville, Minn. area), died Friday, April 18, 2014, at her home, after a short but fierce battle with lung cancer.

  Linda was born Nov. 22, 1953, in Cherokee, Iowa. Around age 12 she moved with her family to Hardwick, Minn., then later to Milbank, S.D., where she met Denis Ray Kilvington at a local roller rink. Her family moved to Jackson, Minn. for her senior year of high school where she made many friendships that lasted throughout her lifetime. She married Denis in 1974 and moved to Moorhead, Minn. to attend college. She and Denis then moved to Mankato, Minn. to finish her degree and she has resided there ever since. They had sons Joshua and Matthew in 1982 and 1988. She was a woman of uncommon resilience, raising her boys alone upon the sudden and untimely death of her husband in 1988.

  Linda was loved and respected by many. Everyone who met her in life knew her as remarkably tolerant, kind and loving. When speaking with her you always felt like you were the most important person in the room. She was selfless, self-reliant, beautiful, a fosterer of growth and unerringly respectful. She spent a large portion of her life directed toward the care of some of the least fortunate among us, developmentally disabled individuals. She loved gardening, arts and crafts, bargain hunting and quilting. Her family was her life's joy.

  She is survived by sons Joshua Kilvington (Josie Belina with grandchild on the way) and Matthew Kilvington, brothers Jerry (Marcella), Ted (Jerrie) and Terry Springer, and numerous siblings-in-law.

She was preceded in death by husband Denis Kilvington, parents Dorothy (Loomer) Springer and Duane Springer, parents-in-law Beulah (Whiting) Benshoof and Alva Benshoof, brother Steve Springer, and siblings-in-law Alan Kilvington and Alice Kilvington.

  A celebration of life will be held 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Sibley Park in Mankato, with eulogies at sunset.  The family is handling arrangements. Condolences can be sent directly to the family at 623 N Broad St., Mankato, MN 56001.

  Linda left us too early, and her presence and smile will always be missed. We hope to honor her as long as we live and pass on the kindness, beauty and tolerance she so gracefully bestowed upon us and upon this earth.

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