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Linda Griffin Dellinger

June 30, 2018

 Linda Griffin Dellinger, 54, passed away June 30, 2018 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center surrounded by close family.  

She was born March 22, 1964 in Charlotte, North Carolina to Virgil & Linda Griffin.  She was a member of Adventure in Faith Church in Alexis, NC.  She enjoyed reading, listening to music, and taking care of her family.  She was the devoted wife of Douglas W. Dellinger for 30 years. 
Linda was welcomed to Heaven by her loving father Virgil, who she said goodbye to on this earth in 2009.  She was also welcomed by her beloved sister, Chris, who is sure to by now have shared many cups of coffee together in heaven, and they together rejoiced with their brother Jamie, who they lost from earth in 2009.  Then Linda got to meet her older brother Virgil, who left this earth for heaven before Linda was born.  Together they are surrounded by not only their father, but also all their proud grandparents.  
Left behind on this earth to miss her everyday until reunited in Heaven, her husband of 30 years, Douglas Dellinger.  Their love for one another and their devotion during unimaginable sickness and blindness is a testimony to their vows before God to love one another through sickness and through health.  They never gave up on one another and faced pain and trials together as one.  They lovingly said he was the good body, and she was the good eye, and together they made one. 
Also left behind, her dearly loved mother, Linda Griffin, who taught her to be the wonderful woman whose strength was as solid as it comes.  She also raised her to be the most loving mother possible that anyone could hope to be blessed with.
Linda was a mother who was loved fiercely by not only her children, but her grandchildren as well.  Her oldest son, Steven Griffin, and his wife Maranda provided unending love, care, and compassion during her darkest days.  Their dedication to her care was unyielding.  They were a blessing to her, and they provided her with one of her greatest pride and joys, her first grandchild and only granddaughter, Lily Griffin, who lovingly knew her as Nana.  Linda’s middle daughter, Jessica Dellinger and husband Alvaro Morales, provided Linda with a sense of security, and was trusted to be her supporter in all choices and decisions.  Linda was lovingly known as “Mom” to all four of her grandsons Ethan, Wyaitt, Carter, & Christian.  Linda’s youngest child, Holly McMurray and husband Matthew McMurray, provided Linda with the love and laughter that only the baby of the family can do.  Mom’s aren’t allowed to have favorite’s, but Holly’s uncanny personality sure gave her siblings a run for their money.  Linda could never explain her sense of pride she felt for her children and grandchildren, but they could certainly feel it.  
Linda is also survived by a brother John Griffin and wife Angie Griffin, as well her youngest sibling Shirley Griffin Williams and husband Brad Williams.  Linda was a protector, nurturer, and the person anyone could turn to for help.  Many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews will be missing her.  
There are not enough words to describe the emptiness left behind, but scripture tells us in Revelations 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be anymore pain: for the former things are passed away.”
The family will receive family and friends from 4:30 to 5:30 on Thursday, July 5, 2018  at Adventure in Faith Church, 415 Charlotte Street, Alexis.  A memorial and celebration of her homecoming will immediately follow at 5:30 lead by Pastor Ritchie Doss.  The family would like to thank Pastor Ritchie and the AIF family during this time of loss for their support.
Flowers or memorials may be sent to Jessica Dellinger, 1921 Laurel Lane, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Services and cremation provided by Jeffrey S. Painter of Mount Holly.

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