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Obituary for Linda Lee Fairbanks Barbus

Linda Lee (Fairbanks) Barbus, age 74, died Tuesday, November 7, 2023 in Raeford, NC. Born, February 19, 1949 in Brush Valley Township, Indiana County, PA, she was a daughter of the late Orville Ray Fairbanks and Gertrude (Uncapher) Fairbanks.

A graduate of United High School, Linda served one year active duty in the U.S. Air Force prior to serving another 23 years in the Air Force Reserves. Through both active duty and the reserves, she worked as an air traffic controller, as a certified nurses assistant, a flight line worker and a civil service professional. Most of her time was spent at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX.

Linda enjoyed playing the card games, spades, solitaire and skippo. She also liked gardening and reading and fondly remembered her many adventures traveling internationally and throughout the U.S. while in the Air Force.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Laredo, TX where she was a member of the Methodist Women’s Group and the Crochet Club. Linda also attended services at the Raeford First United Methodist Church, Raeford, NC.

She is remembered by her three children: Faith A. Gonzalez (Juan), Laredo, TX; Heather Field (Ronnie), San Antonio, TX; and Leonard E. Barbus, Jr., Raeford, NC. Linda is also survived by 11 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren and the following siblings: Judy Henderson, Altoona, PA; Donald Fairbanks, Commodore, PA; Peg Durst, Penn Run, PA; Richard Fairbanks (Carol), Illinois; Karen Fairbanks, Indiana, PA and Michael Fairbanks, Indiana, PA. Other surviving family members include 3 sisters-in-law, 1 brother-in-law and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Linda was preceded in death by sisters: Elma Bash, Betty Fairbanks, Bonnie Yatsko and 3 other siblings who died in infancy.

Friends will be received Tuesday, November 14th from 11AM until 2PM, the time of her funeral service at the Rairigh-Bence Funeral Home & Crematory, 655 Franklin St., Clymer, PA. Interment with military honors will follow at the Spruce Grove Cemetery, Penn Run, PA.

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