Linda Sue Taebel, 71, of Upton, Wyoming, passed away at her home February 18, 2021, surrounded by her family.
She was born March 12, 1949, in Clifton, Colorado, the fourth of five children born to Billie Covey and Doris Mae (Thompson) Covey.
She moved from Colorado to Wyoming in 1980, residing in Superior for many years, then later moving to Rock Springs. Upon her retirement in 2014, she moved from Rock Springs to Upton.
She had many passions, all that brought joy to more than herself. She loved to cook, and if you showed up to her house while dinner was cooking, she would expect you to stay for a meal, and would be offended if you tried to decline. She often had visitors conveniently show up, just at the right time. Her family regarded her as the best cook, none could compare.
She delighted in gardening, and every house she lived in, she transformed the land into a beautiful sanctuary. She was creative in planning her oasis, which was always a place of respite for her and her guests. During the spring and summer months, you would find her outside, always executing the next phase in her ever-expanding retreat.
She was the hub of her family. Every holiday or event was planned to include her expertise in every aspect. She took her matriarchal role seriously, and she endeavored to ensure that her children and grandchildren learned everything she had to teach.
Survivors include her 99-year-old mother, Doris Covey of Sacramento, CA.; children Carlin (Brad) Hill of Nampa, ID, Bill (Glory) Craig of Mt. Vernon, WA, Jo Lynn (Gene) Emerson of Rock Springs, June (Devlin) Shell of Upton, Cory (Kenneah) Destefanis of Rock Springs; grandchildren Kate (Hector) Flores, Brittney (Ruperto) Trevino, Austin (Brooke) Quintrall, Gracie Emmitt, Liberty, Zyler, and Brooklynn Destefanis, Elizabeth (Ryan) Reichen, Uilleam, Murron and MacAulay Craig, Dakota and Sierra Hill; great grandchildren, Ezra, Hector and Easton Flores, Elliana, Ruperto, and Izaiah Trevino, Alexander and Fiona Reichlin; brothers Bill Covey of Sacramento and Ron Covey of Rock Springs.
She was preceded in death by her father Billie Covey, and sisters Marjorie Chiafos and Shirley Reeves.
Following cremation, there will be no services per her request, but her family will gather and reminisce of their great loss.