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Linda Boon Sullivan Willis


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Linda Boon Sullivan Willis, 71, born May 2, 1941, died Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Jacksonville, Florida. A longtime resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida and Savannah, Georgia, Mrs. Willis was born in Ennis, Texas and is preceded in death by her parents, E.H. and Hazel Boon and her brothers, Col. Ivan G. Boon (Ret.) of Cleburne, Texas and E.K. Boon of Ennis, Texas. Much of Linda’s professional life was spent in the field of politics and government. She served in Washington as Appointment Secretary to the Honorable Ralph W. Yarborough, Democratic senator from Texas, and as Executive Assistant to the Honorable Charlie Wilson, Democratic congressman from Texas. After moving to Jacksonville, Florida, she served as Senior Citizens Coordinator for the Honorable Jake M. Goldbold, Mayor of Jacksonville. Although she continued to hold a lifelong interest in government and politics, she entered the business world in the early 1980’s and became President of Duke Properties, Inc. Linda is survived by her beloved husband and best friend, Lynwood G. Willis, of Jacksonville, Florida and Savannah, Georgia; her brothers, Jimmy Valson Boon and Alvis T. Boon, of Ennis, Texas; and her sisters, Hazel Boon Tidwell, Iris Boon Ball, Marilyn Boon Linsteadt, of Ennis, Texas, and Janis Boon Dalley of Austin, Texas, and Susan Boon Schwartz, of Prescott Valley, Arizona. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Ginger Boon and Earlene Boon, of Ennis, Texas, Melinda Boon of Houston, Texas and Gloria Boon, of Cleburne, Texas; and her brothers-in-law, Robert Linsteadt of Ennis, Texas, Ward Dalley of Austin, Texas and Russell Schwartz of Prescott Valley, Arizona; and by many beloved nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. In addition, Linda is also survived by her step-daughters, Kathleen Willis Greer and her husband, William P. Greer, of Jacksonville, Florida, Linda Willis Moore and her husband, Don Moore, of Sammamish, Washington, Julia Willis Kimmerly and her husband, Mark Kimmerly, of Kirkland, Washington, and Ashley Grayson Willis, of Jacksonville, Florida; and her four grandchildren by marriage, Thomas Braxton Adamson and his wife Kaley P. Adamson, of Jacksonville, Florida, Jennifer Courtney Moore and Robert Willis Moore, of Sammamish, Washington, and Parker Jane Kimmerly, of Kirkland, Washington. A person at home in many environments, Linda was never as happy as when she was with her family and friends. She had a passion for the written word and used her talents for writing to honor through poetry and prose those whom she loved. Gifted with a very generous spirit, she delighted in sharing her time, knowledge and material goods with the young people in her life. With her family, she was instrumental in founding two non-profit organizations, both of which are successful and make a difference in the lives of others. Funeral services will be held at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, with visitation following until 8:00 p.m. Remembrances: Boon Cancer Memorial Golf Tournament Fundraiser (benefits Baylor Healthcare Foundation for cancer research—FID# 75-1606705), 602 Creekwood Court, Ennis, Texas 75119, or Trinity United Methodist Church, 225 W. President Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401. Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, (912)352-7200

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