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Linda J Kanney

Linda Kanney Obituary

In lieu of flowers and planting a tree, please contribute to Linda’s Celebration of Life via: 
    •    Zelle: Linda Kanney
    •    CashApp: $LindaKanney

Thank you in advance for your kind and thoughtful gestures for the Kanney family. 

Linda Kanney transitioned peacefully from this life after a courageous battle with cancer on December 19, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio. Linda was born on January 8, 1949 in Huntington, West Virginia and is the daughter of Tarsie and Lewis Bibb. She is survived by her devoted husband of 54 years, Frederick Kanney, daughter Francine Matteson, and son Cameron Kanney; grandchildren Allante Miller, Bria Kanney, Cameron (CJ) Kanney, Jace Kanney, and Maya Matteson; brothers Dwane (Tina) Tinsley and Ernest Tinsley Jr; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anna Elizabeth Tinsley, son Frederick LaMar Kanney, and sisters Vera Canada and Ernestine Johnson.  

Linda led a remarkable life, touching the lives of countless individuals. She spent her childhood in West Virginia with her family before moving to Columbus in 1983. She was educated at several institutions including West Virginia State College, Columbus State Community College, and Franklin University. 

Linda dedicated her life serving others, through both her work and her community activities. She was committed to the mission of the YWCA – eliminating racism, empowering women – devoting 32 years of her professional life to the organization, serving in several leadership roles locally and nationally. During her tenure, she was awarded the King Holiday Celebration Award by the YWCA Parkersburg WV, the Sue Doody Alumni Award by YWCA Columbus, the 2021 YWCA Women of Achievement Award, and the YWCA USA Service Award for Racial Justice. After her retirement from the YWCA, she worked part-time for a local law firm.

Improving the lives of the Black women and girls of central Ohio was Linda’s passion. Several institutions sought out Linda’s expertise: she served as an adult advisor for Black Girl Rising, Board Member for Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio, Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the Columbus Community Relations Commission, Health Advocacy Ministry at Faith Ministries Church, LifeCare Alliance Strategic Planning Committee as well as the Honesty for Ohio Education Committee. She was also a member of the Women’s Public Policy Network, International Women’s Day Committee, Ohio Women’s Alliance, and IMPACT Safety Advisory Committee. 

In recognition of her achievements and activism she was awarded the Walter and Marion English Martin Luther King Racial Justice Award and the International Women’s Day-Women Coming Together Starfish Award.

The pinnacle of Linda’s public service was in her role as the chartering president of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Central Ohio Chapter. She held this position from 2011 until 2023. Under her leadership, the Coalition forged relationships with and secured sponsorships from OhioHealth, Molina Health, the Columbus Urban League, the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, the Coca-Cola Foundation and Truist Foundation. The Chapter has been repeatedly recognized as a Model chapter by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. 

Her impact on the community was immeasurable, but Linda reserved her best for the family and friends she loved so dearly. She was the consummate host – welcoming 30+ people to her home for every holiday, complete with place cards and seasonal tablecloths of course. Fortunately for her guests, the menu would always include her famous macaroni and cheese and pound cake. Her formal entertaining was legendary, but her door was also always open to her children, grandchildren, friends, and extended family whenever they needed a place to rest their head, a listening ear, or a quick snack. She was deeply loved by her close circle of friends, family, and extended sisterhood and many more. She enjoyed a good party and would be the first one on the dance floor. She cherished her travels, particularly those to China, Africa, and Europe. She supported her friends through the triumphs and challenges of life and was always ready for the next adventure.  

Linda’s life was well-lived, and we are all better for having known her. Her last request was to continue to gather, to laugh, and to live life fully. As you know, Linda was a person of joy and compassion and she would not want us to be sad at this time.

 

In lieu of flowers and planting a tree, please contribute to Linda’s Celebration of Life via: 
    •    Zelle: Linda Kanney
    •    CashApp: $LindaKanney

Thank you in advance for your kind and thoughtful gestures for the Kanney family. 

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Services

Visitation
Saturday
January 13, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Faith Ministries Church
2747 Agler Road
Columbus, OH 43224

Celebration of Life
Saturday
January 13, 2024

11:00 AM
Faith Ministries Church
2747 Agler Road
Columbus, OH 43224
 

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Celebration of Life Dinner
Saturday
January 13, 2024

5:00 PM
Creekside
101 Mill Street Unit 300
Gahanna, OH 43230

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In lieu of flowers and planting a tree, please contribute to Linda’s Celebration of Life via:    Zelle: Linda Kanney   CashApp: $LindaKanney
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