Linda Gail Hansford Tsang of Bloomington, age 72, died Saturday (Feb. 9, 2019) at McLean County Nursing Home, Normal.
She was born May 19, 1946, in Fort Sill, Okla., a daughter of Gaylon and Frances Hansford. She married Joseph Chiao Liang Tsang on June 2, 1969, in Lawton, Okla. He preceded her in death on April 15, 2018.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday at College Avenue Baptist Church, 1320 E. College Ave., Normal. In lieu of flowers, donations may made be made to College Avenue Baptist Church or the American Diabetes Association at www.diabetes.org.
Surviving are her sister, Erdine Hansford, Elgin, Okla.; nieces and nephews, Julia Flemens; Lori (Scott) Smeby, Texas; Todd Flemens, California; Thad Flemens, Hawaii; Kristin Yockum, Texas; Kara Flemens, Texas; Julia Woods, Gainesville, Texas; Joni Williams, California; Helen Tsang, California; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents and brother, LC Flemens.
Linda grew up in Lawton, Okla., as the middle child in a military family. Linda attended the University of Oklahoma College of Pharmacy. During her time in college, she completed an internship on tribal lands as a member of the uniform service. After graduation in 1969, Linda became a pharmacist at Brokaw Hospital (now Advocate BroMenn Medical Center). During her 40-year career, she volunteered to serve on a number of committees and programs in her organization.
One special program which Linda designed was a poison safety education program for children. Because she wanted to both educate and entertain, Linda attended the Barnum and Bailey Clown College and developed a clown character who shared both balloon animals and tips on poison safety around the house. She taught this session in schools and with organizations such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for many years.
Linda was a longtime, active member of College Avenue Baptist Church. She served as a Bible study teacher for both children and adults. As part of a church outreach program, Linda co-taught ESL (English as a Second Language) for the wives and children of Mitsubishi employees who moved to Normal when the auto plant first opened.
Linda loved music. She sang alto in the church choir for many years and annually participated in the community singing of the "Messiah." Linda and Joseph enjoyed many international trips. They loved animals, had many pets and were especially fond of dogs.
Linda enjoyed learning about art, history and different cultures. She enjoyed sharing what she learned. Most of all she loved sharing her time and talents to help others. Linda was always willing to lend a helping hand, share a kind word or even open her home to a person in need.
Linda Tsang lived her life fully in service to others.