In Memory

Linda Sheppard (Cranney)



Linda Joanne Cranney

Linda Joanne Cranney, 76, wife of the late Lynn Hiram Cranney unexpectedly passed away Saturday April 4th, 2020 at Banner Gateway Hospital. Linda was born in Manhattan, New York August 16, 1943 but spent the majority of her early life in Tempe AZ. She was the daughter of the late George and Devaun Sheppard. Linda married her sweetheart in Mesa, AZ in 1965. They lived and raised their family in Gilbert.

Linda is survived by her children Robert (Natasha), Deborah (Michael), David (Emalie), Elizabeth, 11 grandchildren and her siblings Bill, Brian, Susan. She was preceded in death by her husband Lynn and son Matthew.

Linda graduated from Tempe High School, and obtained a teaching degree from BYU. She loved teaching and especially children. Linda taught for Gilbert public schools for 20 years before retiring. Linda spent her life sewing for enjoyment and taught many children to sew through the 4-H program. She served at the county level for several years coordinating the sewing division for the Maricopa County Fair. Linda was a voracious reader and known by her grandchildren as the expert puzzle master. Linda was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many positions. Most recently she found such joy serving in the Laundry of the Temple and will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service at a later date TBD when larger groups can assemble.


Published in The Arizona Republic from Apr. 10 to Apr. 12, 2020

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04/18/20 11:40 AM #1    

Tom L. Wing

Linda was special to me in a way distinct from any other classmate, for a couple of reasons:  First: I was an Arizona Republic newspaper delivery boy when I was new to Tempe and in the 8th grade at Tempe Grammar School.  Linda and her very good parents and family treated me so very well.  I don't remember for sure, but I think she was in the same 8th grade class with me and our teacher was Ms. Callan -- who, I believe, formerly had lived in Texas.  Second:  On an occasion when only Linda and 3 of her girlfriends were in a classroom when I walked in and made a sarcastic comment -- looking for their attention, I suppose.  Linda calmly, politely corrected me and said I ought to read a specific scriputre in the Bible [My ill-thought comment had been about a church belief of those girls in their church-affiliated activities.]  I did as she suggested, and sure enough, she was correct! The embarassment on that occasion has reminded me of Linda's friendship and good nature ever since. TUHS '61 classmates were then and ever have been great to me.  Thanks, to Linda and to ALL of You. 









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