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A tribute to a friend – Linda Martin, We Will Miss You


This is a tribute to Linda Martin, who passed away on the 31st of May. Some of her many friends gathered for a candle light vigil for Linda Martin in Peacock Park, near her home the following day.


Tribute to Linda Marie Martin

This tribute is not about how Linda died

But how she lived her life

She lived to love, and laugh and make others happy

That was Linda's style

With a look, a touch, her smile she could make anyone feel worthwhile

This is about an amazing woman

Who made everyone she met a friend

From the first meeting to the end

Linda met no strangers

Only friends she never knew

And she loved them all

The animals too

She fought for the peacocks habitat

To keep them safe and free

To share their beauty for everyone to see

So… when you see Angel wings of peacock feathers

With their jeweled eyes

Streaking across the Heavenly skies

You will know that Linda has arrived

Linda asking for a peacock ordinance

Angel flying to close to the ground

© 2016 Shyron E Shenko


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 26, 2018:

Au fait, thank you for the comments and compliments, I do appreciate you so much.

I hope all is well with you.

Blessings my dear friend

C E Clark from North Texas on January 24, 2018:

A beautiful tribute, and no one could write it better than you. A shame these tragic things happen, but they do, and more often than people realize.

Hope things are going well at your house. Blessings dear friend. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on March 12, 2017:

Louise, thank you for the comment. Yes Linda was a beautiful inspiration to everyone she ever met. The world has dimmed a bit with her passing.


Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on March 12, 2017:

This is a beautiful tribute to what sounds a wonderful and inspirational lady.

Au fait on January 23, 2017:

Just thought I would come by and read this poignant and thoughtful tribute again. Poignant because her life was snuffed out too soon. Your tribute to Linda is beautiful and it celebrates her life and what a lovely person she was.

Hope everything is the best it can be at your house and that you are much better now and totally rid of the flu. Blessings and hugs to you both.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on January 04, 2017:

Paula, thank you for the comment.

It is sad that your cousin has a terminal condition. I have not heard of Pompei's Disease until you told us about it, Like I had never heard of Cushing's Disease until my cousin was diagnosed with it after she was hit by a car and taken to an ER. I will read about your cousin's condition as soon as time permits.

Linda was a very special lady, a beautiful bubbly person.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Suzie from Carson City on December 29, 2016:

No....My cousin does not write for HP. She's not a writer. She's never really had to work. One of the "privileged," married to a multi-millionaire. Two grown daughters and a few grandchildren.

Even with her elite life though, sadly she has a terminal condition.."Pompei's Disease." None of us had ever heard of it so of course we all did our research. It's a genetically inherited issue. Both parents must carry the gene. If you read about it, you will find it's one of those that is related to the ALS group of illnesses. Progressive muscle, mobility, etc, degeneration. Eventual confinement to a wheel chair and the expected slow down of organs.....very sad. She's at least 10 yrs younger than I am. 5 girls in the family. The other 4 seem to have escaped the disease, Thank God. I saw her last at our family reunion. She's very strong and determined.

Linda sounds like she was a very special lady. That story is a real heart breaker.......When I said, "Our mutual writer's site," I was referring to me & you! LOL

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 29, 2016:

Paula, thank you for the comment.

Yes, it is a small world. I met Linda at a Town Council Meeting, she was the kind of person if you smiled at her, she became you friend instantly and that is how we became friends.

Does you cousin Patti, write for HubPages too? Linda had so many friends, it would take another life time to get to know them all.

Blessings to you Paula and thank you again for the comment.

Paula on December 28, 2016:

Oh Shyron.....your recent comment brought tears to my eyes. This is too sad...just as tragic as can be. Been meaning to tell you......

Girlfriend, the world is really much smaller than we can imagine. My cousin Patti (1st cousin/we grew up together) has lived in Flower Mound for 20+ yrs, actually knew Linda personally. She was floored when I told her recently that I read of the story written by a fellow-writer on our mutual writer's site! We are all connected in so many interesting ways!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 28, 2016:

Anita, you are so right, it is such a waste of a life, except that Linda left a legacy of love, one of the loves she left was Toby. Linda got Toby when he was a pup and he grew old with her loving care and after she was gone it seem that no one could/would take care of Toby, except for our friend Gale who took him into her home and heart and cared for him until the end and he went on to be with Linda.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on December 27, 2016:

Anita, thank you so much for reading my friend's story, I really appreciate you. Yes it was a waste and so sad because the man who killed Linda already had a girlfriend before the divorce, but he wanted his girlfriend and Linda too, so many hurt and broken people he left at her wake.

Blessings my friend.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 27, 2016:

Sad but loving hub. Such a waste of a life when you get involved with the wrong person. Blessings.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 16, 2016:

Peggy, thank you for the comment and sympathy. It is an ongoing tragedy, the police know without a doubt that he took her life, he did not leave the scene and he has been released and had threatened to kill other people. The Police refused to give Linda an order of protection, she told her best friend Kris, that she knew he, her estranged husband was going to kill her. I wrote another poem about this call "Let the Bruises Show"

Thank you again

Blessings and hugs my dear friend

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 14, 2016:

I am so sorry that you lost your friend and a good human being from what I just learned. I also gleaned from reading the comments that she was in an abusive situation. So sad!

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 02, 2016:

Peg, my beautiful friend, thank you for reading my tribute to another beautiful friend.

Linda will be forever missed,

Especially by her best friend Kris

Blessings and Hugs to you dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on July 02, 2016:

Shauna (bravewarrior) Linda did indeed have a beautiful heart, and one of a kind.

I am so glad that you like my tribute, thank you for the comment and compliment.

You too are a beautiful friend and a beautiful soul.

Blessings and hugs.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on July 01, 2016:

This lovely poem and tribute to your friend is heartwarming and touching. What a gift to have caring friends like you who have celebrated Linda's life in these few heartfelt words that mean so much. She will truly be remembered as a kind and loving soul. Thanks for sharing her story.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 30, 2016:

Shyron, you're friend had the most beautiful heart. The world needs more like her. She was taken so young - her work wasn't done.

You've honored her in the most wonderful way by posting this tribute. BTW, you couldn't have chosen a more perfect song.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 19, 2016:

Patricia, thank you so very much for your expressions of sympathy...you are right, no words can make us, Linda's friends feel better about losing her. Thank you so much for the Angels and I will send them back to you with lots of Blessings and hugs. ss

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 16, 2016:

So sad to hear of your loss...no words can make you feel any better...Linda would be deeply touched by this tribute...Shyron.

Angels are on the way to comfort you ps

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 12, 2016:

Dear Faith/Theresa, thank you so much for the comment, compliment and for sharing. I really appreciate you.

Blessings and hugs.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on June 11, 2016:

Dear Shyron,

A poignant and beautiful tribute to a lovely person. Thank you for sharing of the loss of such a lovely person.


Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 11, 2016:

My beautiful friend Maria, thank you for you kind words, comment and sympathy.

I can't tell anyone why I choose the Willie Nelson song, but the person that I chose will know.

Blessings and hugs Dear Maria.

Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on June 11, 2016:

What a tender and beautiful tribute to your friend, who sounds truly remarkable - leaving a forever legacy of kindness and decency.

Your Willie Nelson song is an exquisite choice.

I am so sorry for your loss, dear Shyron.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 11, 2016:

Frank, you are welcome, thank you for reading about my friend. Linda was a beautiful person.

Blessings always

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 11, 2016:

God bless you for sharing this tribute

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Thank you Mel, for reading this Tribute to my friend Linda. She was a remarkable person, she was called the Peacock Lady by neighborhood children.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Devika, thank you for reading this tribute to my friend Linda. I really appreciate you.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Shan, It is even sadder than you think. Missy Bevers was murdered in Church and Linda's maiden name was Church. I went to her funeral service yesterday with a large group of her friends yesterday, it was a beautiful service, but something was missing, and I realized it was Linda's laugh/giggle. I am probable one of her newer friends but in the brief time that I knew her, she had a way of touching the heart of anyone she spoke with.

I feel like you and I are neighbors, I do know where Midlothian is we looked for a house near Joe Pool Lake and then looked at property in Waco.

Blessings my friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Thank you Michael-Milec, you described her so well "a radiant human being. You are welcome, I am glad you felt Linda's spirit through my tribute.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Thank you Mike, I hope she would be proud and thank you for your sympathy.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 10, 2016:

Paula, thank you for your sympathy, you are so kind, like all of Linda's friends. It is so hard to believe that she is gone.

Blessings to you my dear friend.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on June 09, 2016:

Brilliant tribute to your friend, who sounds like a remarkable lady who not only cared deeply about things, but did something about it.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 08, 2016:

A great tribute for this wonderful being. You wrote from your heart and with lots in mind.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 08, 2016:

I didn't realize you live so close to me. Reading these comments, I also didn't realize this story is even sadder than I first thought. I'm sorry for you and her family and everyone who knew her.

I work in Midlothian. If you follow the DFW news, you probably know of the Missy Bevers murder mystery. This world is crazy.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 08, 2016:

Ruby my gem of a friend, thank you for the comment, I am so glad that you loved the poem.

Blessings and hugs my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 08, 2016:

Au fait, thank you for the comment, complement and for sharing.

Some people think they have the right to punch others, she should have told her children 1 son, 1 daughter. And she told the police.

Blessings and hugs to you also, my dear friend.

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 08, 2016:

Shanmarie, thank you for the visit and for reading my tribute to Linda. I met Linda when she was fighting for the peacocks and I was fighting for my neighborhood, I spoke up for her cause and she spoke up for mine.

Yes, this is the town that had the peacock thief.

Blessings my friend.

Michael-Milec on June 07, 2016:

At a moment of farewell with a radiant human being, you've uplifted my spirit by presenting work and love of Linda's endlessness...Thanks.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 07, 2016:

A sad story indeed. She would be proud of this tribute. My condolences.

Suzie from Carson City on June 07, 2016:

Shyron......This is just about the saddest story I've read in a very long time. How horrific for all those who dearly love this sweet woman. I will never ever understand. My heart breaks for all of you. Paula

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 07, 2016:

Shyron, your tribute is beautiful. It seems like the police always arrive after it's too late. I love your poem!

C E Clark from North Texas on June 07, 2016:

A lovely tribute. I watched the video and Linda does seem like a very good person. A shame she was killed. I hope she didn't have any children, but she looks like a young mother. A shame some people think the only solution to their problems is violence. Sharing.

Hope you are in where it's cool today. 91 F. here right now and rising. Received notice yesterday that one of my hubs yet unchosen is to be edited. Otherwise nothing new. Blessings and hugs for you dear friend. Hope all is well with you today and always, but I know it won't be, so I just hope it's as good as it can be. Take care . . .

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 07, 2016:

Bill, thank you for comment and expressions of sympathy. I did know of the abuse only bits and pieces that I heard at gatherings and functions, which brings to mind the song "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors".

Blessings always to you Bill

Shyron E Shenko (author) from Texas on June 07, 2016:

I became friends with Linda in 2015 and did not know of the abusive relationship she was in, but many of our mutual friends knew and the police knew, and the police did nothing, it was as if they did not hear her at all.

Blessings and hugs dear friend

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2016:

This is unrelated, but is this the neighborhood where the peacocks roam in North Texas? I noticed the city name. I think it was maybe last year someone stole a peacock by putting it in their car.

Shannon Henry from Texas on June 07, 2016:

This is a beautiful, heartfelt tribute. What a great way to be remembered. Lucky to have a friend like that and she was lucky to have you, I'm sure.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 07, 2016:

I'm sorry for your loss. In truth, I'm sorry for all of us when we lose a quality human being.

blessings always

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 07, 2016:

From what you provide here she seemed like a lovely person and a friend to animals. This is a touching tribute to her.

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