ANNA — Lynda Jo Alford Culbertson of Anna went home to be with her Lord and Savior May 12, 2018 after waging a battle against ovarian cancer. Family visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 16 at Scoggins Funeral Home in Van Alstyne, and a memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 17 at First Baptist Church Van Alstyne, with Pastor Mike Lovely officiating. Burial will follow in the Alexander Cemetery near Weston, Texas.
She was born July 3, 1947 to William Tabor Alford and Thelma Jo (Shaw) Alford in Tulia, Texas. After graduating from Denton High School, she attended the University of North Texas where she earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education. She signed her first teaching contract at age 20 with Dallas ISD and taught there for five years. She moved to Plano where she taught for eight years followed by 17 years as the Elementary Curriculum Coordinator and later the Art Curriculum Coordinator. After retiring from Plano ISD, she taught six years as a visiting adjunct professor at the University of North Texas. In 1999 she founded the Art Barn Studio, by converting a horse barn on her property near Anna where she taught summer classes for youth and adults. She was an artist and created works of art in water color, clay, and cloth.
She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Terrell Culbertson; siblings Karen Reynolds of Addison, Darlene Witten and husband, Mike of Denton, brother, Tom Alford of Denton; step-daughter Victoria Walden and husband, Shawn of Kempner, Texas; grandsons, Dakota Walden and Joey Walden; sisters-in-law Sue Castleman and husband, Gentry of Duncan, Oklahoma, and Dianna Simmons and husband, Steve of Marlow, Oklahoma; brother-in-law Charlie Culbertson of Lawton, Oklahoma; four nephews; three nieces; and several great nephews and great nieces.
She is preceded in death by both of her parents.
Lynda was a lifelong avid horsewoman. She combined her love of riding and her natural adventurous spirit, and along with her husband Terrell, camped and rode trails in national parks and wilderness areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, New Mexico, Illinois, and Louisiana. She was a founding member of the Saddlebags riding group and a charter member of the Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association (TETRA). She was a member of the Trinity Trail Preservation Association.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Van Alstyne Building Fund or the Kids Eat Free summer youth feeding program in Van Alstyne, where she worked tirelessly for the past few years.
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