Pickens, Linda


Linda Pickens crossed over from this life July 30, 2021 unexpectedly. Born August 11, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio to Lellon Jennings and Nettie Josephine Chisam (Morris). Linda graduated from Whitmer High School in 1960 and attended Harding University. After receiving her bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology in 1964, she taught elementary school in Beebe, Arkansas. Linda moved with her late husband, Dale Pickens, to Dallas, Texas in 1971 when Dale received a job offer with Alford Merony Accounting Firm.

The family moved to Garland, TX in 1978. Linda worked as a school teacher and for the Melrich Collection. In addition, Linda had her own catering company, Linda’s Corner Pantry, which showcased her unique culinary talents. Cooking and food were life-long passions. Desserts were her specialty and she was known for her cheese cakes, chocolate tarts, and other confections. Linda worked the last twenty-five years for Woodhill Pediatrics Associates.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, Dale, and most recently her brother, J.R. Chisam. Linda is survived by son, Bob Pickens and his wife Linda (Murphy); daughter Talana Gilara; grandson Austin Mickens and his wife Maria; granddaughter Bailey Gilara; and by her sweet poodle, Buttons!

Linda was a life-long member of the Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the North Texas Food Bank or your charity of choice.

Visitation will be held at Highland Oaks Church of Christ, 10805 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas, Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at Wylie Cemetery where she will be laid to rest next to her life-long love, Dale.

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15 replies on “Pickens, Linda”

Liz bowers says:

I will miss you dear. Friend

Jon Kendzierski says:

So sorry brother. I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of your mom especially when she’d make her chocolate tarts. Love you

Gina Runnels says:

What a joy it was to see Linda every 5 weeks to get her haircut for 30 plus years. I think that might have been the only times that she actually sat still for a moment. It’s such a peace to know that all is being revealed to her in heaven. She was a joy to so many people and I’ll miss her dearly.

Nancy Hughes-Holman says:

I loved Linda like a second Mom. I don’t think I ever saw her sit still. Her egg custard was amazing, along with many other yummy desserts. She always told you what she thought and worked harder than anyone I ever knew, besides my own Mom. I will always remember her and Dale fondly, as well as all those dinners at Dale’s newest favorite restaurants. I’m so sorry for your loss. We love you all…

Lauri Houpy Bayless says:

Talana and Bob
Thank you for sharing your mom with us these past two years. We have enjoyed having her over and making memories. I enjoyed working with her the past 21 yrs but more so the time we got to personally know her. Her Swedish cream we recently had in June for graduation was always our favorite. We will keep you all in our prayers and look for the time to come when we meet again in our Fathers house. Always Harry Lauri and Deanna

Mike Rolfson says:

It’s hard to put feelings into words. I’m so sorry for your loss. Or, should I say, everyone’s loss. She was a 2nd mom to me and others. Some of my fondest memories are because of her contagious and welcoming approach. As teenagers, we spent lots of time at the Pickens house where we were engaged in conversation, played games and frequently fed. A role model for all.

Laurel Piontek says:

Love and miss you Linda. May God comfort Linda’s family during this sad time.

Gary D Hufstedler says:

I Knew and respected Linda for her devoted caring for Dale as his health declined and after his passing as a person who genuinely cared for other prople and spread encouragement and cheer in the lives of her friends. She loved God and she loved others. My condolences to her family. May your memories of Linda comfort you and may our God give you peace.


Heaven has welcomed a beautiful soul. Linda had a caring heart and the gift of mercy. I have worked with her almost 20 years and enjoyed our time together. She will be with her husband Dale and her brother laughing it up in heaven. I have no doubt. #CookingforJesus

Chantel Allen says:

Condolences to the family, may the sweet memories of your loving mother get you thru this time. God bless you all.

Glen Ragan says:

I haven’t seen her in 30 years but Linda was always honest, vivacious, and funny.

Bob and Talana, my sympathies. May the Lord help you through the pain and loss.

Maria Figueroa says:

My deepest condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time.

Versia Mcdonald says:

My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you peace.

Raymond Morris says:

I wish to offer my condolence to Bob Ann Talans on the passing of your Mom. I met Linda and Dale at Harding in January 1969 when Linda sent Dale to invite me over for pie and coffee. From that moment forward they were true and loyal friends. Linda loved life, family, Harding, and people, but most of all she lived you. She also loved the LORD and served Him faithfully. May God continue to bless you and your love ones.

Piper Parsons Windle says:

I’m so sorry for your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful lady when we would visit with Bob back in the day. My deepest sympathies!

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