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Connie Warner Linford

d. November 1, 2022

Connie Linford never swore. She never even used fake curse words. Never—except to make someone laugh.
“She got this mischievous stubborn look on her face when she got to use a bad word,” said her daughter, Jenn Knowles. “And she would curse to surprise someone into a smile, because she never swore.”
Connie liked surprising people into a smile. A genetic mutation left her with short, crooked fingers, but instead of being self-conscious, she would publicly crack her knuckles and then cry out that she’d broken her hands. She would jump out at her children behind corners. She’d tell funny stories. Once, she leaped fully clothed into a pool to make her surly teenage son laugh at a party.
Even in her final days, as tumors made her face unrecognizable and speech difficult, Connie worked to make her children smile. Recently, when one now-adult son stepped out into the Utah October cold to phone his wife, she told the rest of her children to lock the door.
“That’ll be funny,” she said in a weak whisper.
“Any simplistic joke with a good punchline. She would love anything that got a harmless rise out of someone,” said her son Frank Linford.
Connie Linford passed away Tuesday, November 1, 2022 after battling cancer for more than 3 and 1/2 years. She is survived by her husband of 49-years, Grant Linford, and together they were proud parents of eight children: Jeremiah Linford (Kelly), Wayne Linford (Autumn), Rachael Hall (Jared), Nathan Linford, Jenn Dennis (Justin), Elizabeth Ransom (Matt) Jenn Knowles (John) and Frank Linford (Kylie) and 20 grandchildren. Connieis preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth Adrien and Carol Warner, and her older sister Robin Sagers.
Connie was born October 6, 1954 in Logan, UT. As a young person, she wanted to be a barrel racer, a writer, a stay-at-home mother. Instead, she worked as a gas station attendant, a housekeeper, and a candy maker. She took any job to pay the bills; anything that would let her be there for her children.
After cancer compromised her mobility, her children found scattered scraps of paper with one-liners and story ideas hidden around the house, along with horse-racing ribbons.
“She didn’t have very many corners to herself,” said her son, Wayne Linford. “She gave them all to us.”
Connie was known for kindnesses big and small. She made her children’s favorite meals whenever they asked, no matter how complex. She offered a stranger a place to sleep after witnessing a car accident. She adopted two neighborhood siblings, Jenn Knowles and Frank Linford, so they could stay together and out of the foster care system.
“She loved life and she loved deeply and she didn’t judge,” said her daughter Rachael Hall. “I am who I am because she was who she was.”
Connie’s life was lived in service and good humor.
“She was as close to Christ as you can get,” said her daughter Liz Ransom to a roomful of Linford’s children, who gathered to say their final goodbyes.
“Except for the swearing.”
And with that, Connie Linford handed her children a final laugh.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2022at 10:00am at the Copper City Ward chapel, 6175 Borax Ave Kearns, UT 84118. A family viewing will be held prior to funeral services from 8:00-10:00am. A public viewing will be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Memorial Mortuary in Murray, 5850 South 900 E Murray, UT 84121.
Graveside services will be held after services at Memorial Mountain View Cemetery, 3115 East 7800 South Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121
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Viewing November 8, 2022 at 6:00 PM
5850 South 900 East Murray, Utah 84121

Viewing November 9, 2022 at 8:00 AM
6175 West Borax Avenue Kerns, Utah 84118

Funeral Service
November 9, 2022 at 10:00 AM
6175 West Borax Avenue Kerns, Utah 84118
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