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Linda Starr Cradduck was born Aug. 28, 1947, in Virginia Beach, Va. She passed away peacefully in her sleep early Saturday, July 25, 2015. She was 67 years old. Her parents were Fred and Ann Stevens. Linda is survived by her husband, Terry Cradduck, of Moore; her two children: daughter, Debra Kay Buono and husband Rob, from Nashua, N.H.; and grandchildren Paige Buono and Trevor Buono. She is also survived by her very special son, Eddie Holland, of McCall’s Chapel in Ada. Linda has two brothers, James (Mac) McMillan of Galveston, Texas, and his sons, Jim McMillan, John McMillan, Scott McMillan and Greg McMillan; brother, Michael McMillan and wife Kathy of Merced, Calif. and their children, John Michael McMillan and Lori Ann Silva; and one sister, Patricia Earland and husband Ron, of Nashville, Tenn., and their sons, Tag Earland and Ronnie Earland. Linda enjoyed many adventures in her life, including singing for the troops in Iceland while with the USO. She owned, at a very young age, her own hair salon in Virginia Beach. Later, in Austin, Texas, she owned a nail salon called Nails Unique. Linda moved to Oklahoma in early 1992 to be with Terry and she cared for his terminally ill mother for the last year of her life as well as caring for his elderly grandfather. She was a bright light in their lives during a very difficult time. At that same time, she started working for Terry as a sales rep for his new company, Unishippers. After a “short” 15-year engagement, they were married in Maui, Hawaii, in 2000. They built their dream business and have worked in it for almost 25 years. Terry and Linda bought a home on S.E. 34th Street in Moore, which they affectionately called their “Miracle on 34th Street.” Linda and Terry were serious “lake people,” enjoying their boat and dock family at Calypso Cove Marina for the last 19 years. Because of her son, Eddie, Linda has been a very enthusiastic supporter of Special Olympics for many years. She even directed the Special Olympics for McCall’s Chapel in Ada for 4 years. Linda loved a great variety of things. She loved the Jersey Boys and had the joy of seeing them in person with her sister, Pat in New York City — having front row seats. She loved riding her Sea Doo. She loved driving her red Corvette. But above all, Linda loved people. Linda absolutely loved life and she pursued life with an amazing amount of enthusiasm and joy that inspired us and will be greatly missed. Memorials may be made to McCall’s Chapel, 13700 County Road 3600, Ada, OK 74820. The American, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015
Published on  August 5, 2015
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