Linda Gushard Bryde

1947 ~ 2021


Services To Be Held At A Later Date

Well, if you are reading this it means I have begun a new journey. I am in the arms of my father in heaven and reunited with my sweet Bobby! What a glorious day! I have to say, I have had a most blessed life. I was born January 23rd, 1947 to parents who loved me above all else. I had a Grandma and Papa who taught me more than anyone else. I married a man that Loved and was loved by more than anyone else. I was blessed with two daughters that were truly gifts from God. Although they are as different as night and day, each one brought something different and special to my life. I love you both and will wait to see you again. What a joy that will be. I have three wonderful grandchildren, and each one in his or her own way was a light in my life as I grew older. I had a “small group” of friends, and they were an inspiration to me, always striving to be the very best people we could be. To all my poker buddies, I didn’t come there for the poker, I came there for the love. Thank you for that. After I lost Bob, I don’t know what I would have done without all the people I have mentioned above. You all filled the cracks and voids and became like family to me. I love you for that.

I am preceded in death by my parents Donald and Bernice Gushard. The love of my life Robert J. Bryde.

I am survived by my daughter Jerri Lucero and her sweet husband Miguel. By my daughter Kimberly Armstrong and her loving husband Michael – grandchildren Madeline, Adam, and Jack Armstrong. My sister Judy O’Connell and brother Donald G. Gushard. Nieces, Nephew, and many wonderful friends.

Linda Gushard Bryde January 23rd, 1947 – November 17th, 2021. Linda was a vibrant woman who lived life to the fullest up until her last breath. She was full of love. She was brave. She was hilarious. She was giving. She was tender. She was my mom. In the last years of her life, my mom taught me the greatest gift, the gift of joy and resilience. When my dad died my mom felt she had no purpose anymore. She wanted to go too. But instead of sitting down and giving up – she kept going through her grief. Slowly she found joy again. She got up every day and went out and surrounded herself with people who loved her, and she gave so much love to those around her. She was such an incredible woman to so many people. She touched and added meaning to so many lives. So many. She was a beautiful example to me, my husband, and my kids. I have peace knowing she was ready, and she didn’t waste one single moment while she waited to go home. She loved with all her heart, played with every ounce of child in her, cried with tenderness and mercy, and laughed with abandon. She was friend, she was neighbor, she was helper, she was grandma, she was my mom. Linda.

At Linda’s request, there will be no formal services. A private ceremony will be held in New Mexico at a later time. She asked you to please go hug someone you love – I might add, step out into the sunlight and surround yourself in love – give love selflessly like my mom, and you will be blessed.


So sorry to hear this news. Linda was a wonderful lady ,and was always so pleasant to be around, even though it has been a while. She was very loved by Bob, and her family.

- Lesley Bergquist Schultz

Linda, you had the most beautiful smile, it lit up everyone’s life when you were around. I do not recall you ever showing any negativity to anyone, no matter the situation. You will truly be missed by everyone that knew you.

- Bob Urton

Linda. I am so grateful for all the poker games we played and fun we had. I miss seeing your little frog card holder and that twinkle in your eye about to win a big hand. You were classy, witty, and kind reminding me of my dear grandmother who I adored. I get misty eyed thinking of how well you treated everyone around you especially those that needed it the most. No one can replace you. Last year I had a really hard time and you were always a safe place, never judged me, and got me to laugh. You loved sharing about your family and were so proud of them. You will be greatly missed!!

- Jen Young

I would be sad beyond words if I didn't know Linda was off to join Jesus.. She has been waiting a long time to be called. I will miss her wit, her laughter, her smile, her generosity and most of all her prayers and strength in God that she shared so freely. She prayed me through many hard trials during our friendship. She will leave a hole in our Tuesday Bible study. My bet is she will be there!
Kim and family, she talked of you all with such love and pride. She will always be in your hearts . Thanks for sharing her.
Carolyn and Bob

- carolyn stewart

Kim and Jerri, I was so sad to hear that your mom had passed, but also filled with joy that she got to be back with your dad where she belonged. Aunt Linda was so special to the entire family and i know we will all feel her loss. I hope that you and yours are keeping each other safe and protected during this hard time for you. sending love and prayers your way, Debby

- Deborah Marsh

Sending prayers for Linda and Bob and their family. They are wonderful people.

Love from,
Sandy and Bobby Yeary

- Sandra J. Yeary

Mrs. Bryde,
I recall with joy the hundreds of cups of tea we drank at your kitchen table, as you whooped my but at every card game known to man. You allowed an entire posse of teens to invade your home for years and we all loved it, we all loved you. I still remember much of the advice on life that you gave me and it all turned out to be the truth. You were always a little fire plug, full of energy and encouragement. We shared so many conversations that I wish I had recorded so that I could replay them at will. I can only imagine how many towels you washed once you got the pool in the back yard. That, and cleaning up after us, makes you a Saint. You raised a great family and I hope you hear everyone as they talk about how much love you shared in your time here on earth.
Bless you, Pete Padilla.

- Peter Padilla

Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathies are sent your way along with prayers and good thoughts.

- Louise and Eddie Lucero

You were such a wonderful lady to be around so kind so sweet 🥲 thanks for being part of my life will miss you!!

- Ben ace