Linda Pedlar (Godbey)

July 9, 1946 to Oct. 28, 2015



Occupation: retired

Marital Status: Married

No. of Children: 2

rom Linda:After graduating from KU in 1968 with a degree in mass communications I worked for KMBC TV in Kansas City for five years. Met my husband in KC and we were married in 1973. We then moved to Cleveland and then Atlanta before returning to Parsons in 1976. After having two children and they were in school I decided it was time to go back to work. That's when I found a new career with the State of Kansas. I became a case worker for SRS/Child Support Enforcement in 1988. I moved to a supervisor postition in 1998 and in 2004 was appointed the Program Adminstrator for the Child Support Enforcement program for the East Mangement Region. It is a wonderful program and a rewarding career. I loved my work and was passionate about the program and felt I could work as long as I was productive. Unfortunately, in January 2013 I was diagnosed with ALS. In March 2013 I retired after 25 years with the State. Since then I have been enjoying my retirement and being home with my husband. We have been doing a lot of traveling and spending time with family. We are amazed that we raised two wonderful, successful children and we spend as much time with them as possible. Life is challenging but I take each day one at a time. We don't get to choose when we are born or how or when we will die but we do get to choose how we will live our life.

Linda's Activities at PHS
Pep Club 62 63 64
Honor Pep Club 64
Pep Council 64
Football Queen Candidate 63
Drum Corps 63
National Forensics League 63
First Place Oratory Award 63
Newspaper Staff 64
Yearbook Editor 64
School Service 63 64
Career Plans - Medical Technician

Linda Godbey, 69, of Parsons died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City. Death followed a four-year courageous battle with A.L.S. (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

She was born July 9, 1946, at Butte, Montana, to Thomas H. and Laura L. (Williams) Pedlar. The Pedlar family came to Parsons in 1947. Linda graduated from Parsons High School in 1964 and from the University of Kansas in 1968 with a degree in communications.

After college she worked for KMBC television in Kansas City and was manager of scheduling advertising. Later she was employed by the NBC affiliate station in Cleveland, Ohio. After living there and in Atlanta, Georgia, she returned to her hometown of Parsons.

She started her career with the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Child Support Enforcement division in 1988 as a part-time collection officer. She became the supervisor in 1988. In 2004 she became the CSE program administrator. This position covered all of the offices in Southeast Kansas: Coffeyville, Independence, Parsons, Columbus, Pittsburg, Fort Scott and Iola. Her leadership covered four or five attorneys, two supervisors and around 20 collection officers and clerical staff. Her fellow workers said, “Linda was quick to learn and was very good at helping to break up the chaos of the job. She was very encouraging and always a steady front – and excellent leader as she led by example. Her mild manner and ability to stay calm was a huge asset. Another statement made was that whether working side by side or miles apart, we were comrades. We will all cherish the memories made with our co-worker and boss, but most of all our friend.” She retired in 2013.

Linda was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Parsons. She was also a member of Chapter JE of the PEO Sisterhood. Her PEO sisters said that “she was such a beautiful lady, inside and out, and handled her adversity with such grace.” She also loved flowers and enjoyed gardening.

Linda and Mike Godbey were married Aug. 4, 1973, in Overland Park. He survives of the home. She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Godbey, of Denver; her son, Scott Godbey, of Kansas City, Missouri; her mother, Laura Pedlar, of Parsons; and her sister and brother-in-law, Nadine and Gary Beech, of Denver.

Her family says of her that “she was our mother, wife and best friend.”

The service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with the Rev. Riley Cartwright officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday.

Memorials are suggested to either Independent Strides or the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – K.U. Endowment Association for Research. They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.

Online messages may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.