MORGAN, Linda Gilder
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Linda Gilder Morgan passed away on April 19th after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Washington D.C. on March 10, 1942 to Ruth Humor Gilder and James Edward Gilder. Her parents moved from York, Pennsylvania to Atlanta and she attended Druid Hills High School where she graduated in 1960. She attended Stetson University and graduated with a BFA in 1964. After college she worked as a legal secretary for Gershon, Olim, Katz and Loeb for over thirty years and later for Chilivis, Larkin and Cochran, both in the Buckhead area. In 1967, Linda married Robert Jep Morgan, who was in the US Army at the time. After a tour of duty in Viet Nam and an honorable discharge, her husband returned to Atlanta and they decided to move “back to the land” to Kennesaw in Cobb County. They learned to garden, raise animals, milk cows and started Morgan Herb Farm. After 12 years, they purchased a small farm outside Acworth where they continued to supply restaurants with herbs and specialty vegetables until 1995. Linda continued to commute into Atlanta to work in the legal profession, but helped out on the weekends. Linda retired around 2001 to pursue creative interests such as photography, crafts, gardening, cooking and she especially loved to travel. For several years, she and her husband had a personal chef business together. They also taught cooking classes at the farm and at Harry’s Farmer’s Market in Alpharetta, where her husband is employed. Linda was a devoted Christian and excelled as a Clerk of the Session, an Elder and Sunday school teacher at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Acworth. She and her husband were members for over 30 years. She will be missed for her sense of humor and her mentorship. Linda is survived by Jep, her husband of 46 years; brother-in-law Col. John Morgan and Delores Morgan of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law Paula Byrens and Dave Byrens of Oakland, California. She has numerous nieces and nephews in Texas, California and Indiana. Although she had no children, all creatures great and small were her children. She had no brothers or sisters, but Mars Hill Presbyterian was her family. A celebration of life will be held at the Woodstock Funeral Home on Saturday, May 3rd from 5 – 8 pm. A memorial service led by Rev. Bryant Harris will be held at Mars Hill Presbyterian Church in Acworth on Sunday, May 4th at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the Atlanta Community Food Bank or to Mars Hill Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be expressed at: www.woodstockfuneralhome.com

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