Linda Mary Bode
Linda Mary Bode

December 27, 1941 - August 8, 2018
Born in Algona, Iowa
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Linda Mary Bode, died August 8, 2018 with her daughter Lori by her side. It was just weeks after being diagnosed with a second cancer, acute leukemia. She was first diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer in 2017 and had many months of good results. She persisted.

Linda was the third of eight children born to Regina and Calvin Bode on their farm near Algona, Iowa. They were a poor, hardworking Catholic family and Linda was driven, opinionated and independent from day one. She excelled at school, loved math, and was the first in her family to go to college. While on her trajectory to success, she ended up pregnant. She had two choices, adoption or try and hide the pregnancy and hope the insurance company where she was a low level clerk wouldn't find out and fire her. She persisted, working to provide for her daughter while trying to succeed in the business world. She rented a room at a Drake University sorority and the girls she befriended took care of her daughter, Lori, while she attended night school for accounting to hopefully gain a promotion. She became Director of Rates for Individuals and Families for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Iowa and after giving her everything to work, at the age of 50, she was laid off in a corporate restructure. Linda persisted. After trying banking and other odd jobs, she then obtained her realtor license working for Universal Realty and then RealtyXperts where she was a top seller. Linda was a workaholic, it was her passion, and she continued to manage properties until the day she died.

Linda loved an adventure, especially road trips and discovering the beauty and history of America. As a child she loved horses, radio shows like Fibber McGee and Molly, Roy Rogers westerns, the countryside, and would run over to her grandfather's house to read his stash of comic books and go fishing with him every chance she got. For her daughter's art school graduation gift, she took Lori on a two-month road trip across America. They followed every historical marker sign along the highway just out of curiosity.

She also loved sports. She joined the high school girls' basketball team in the 1950's when it was still thought "potentially harmful for girls to engage in strenuous activities". As an adult, she played volleyball, bowled and golfed on leagues, forever looking for that personal "ringer" score. She was an avid spectator, favoring the Iowa Hawkeyes football and the Chicago Cubs baseball. She also loved horse races, blackjack, and slot machines and was a VIP member at Prairie Meadows.

Linda kept her own counsel. She was private, terse, honest, prudent and treated everyone the same, with respect - including children. She was unashamedly always comfortably herself, warts and all. She had a great sense of humor and had the nurses and doctors and her family and friends laughing until the end. She accepted others and loved them deeply, though she was reticent to show anything emotional. She was a unique, modern, unintentional feminist who followed her own path, always. She will be missed greatly.

Linda is survived by her only daughter, Lori Bode and Lori’s partner Pierre Turpin and granddaughter, Manon, in Berkeley, California. Her three sisters Norma of Omaha, Eileen of Des Moines, and Emily of Lake Park, IA and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A gathering for friends and family will be held from 5-8pm, Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Iles Westover Chapel. A time for sharing memories will begin at 7pm. Memorial contributions may be directed to: Online condolences are welcome at

Arrangements by Iles Westover Chapel

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Memorial Gathering
Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Thursday, August 16, 2018
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


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