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Linda Anne (Piper) Horton

October 19, 1939 March 15, 2021
Linda Anne (Piper) Horton
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Obituary for Linda Anne (Piper) Horton

Linda Anne (Coates, Piper) Horton, age 81, passed away Monday, March 15, 2021 in Tucson, Arizona, at Handmakers Post-Hospitalization Rehabilitation Center.

She was born October 19, 1939 in Peoria, Illinois, to Anne Cecelia (Murphy) Coates and Col. Charles Frederick Coates, who preceded her in death.  Linda graduated from Saint Mark’s Grade School in Peoria in 1953.  A fond memory of Linda’s was being able to travel with a favored aunt throughout Europe after her eighth grade year for several months.  She attended the Academy of Our Lady /Spalding Institute for two years before moving to the state of Washington with her family.

Linda studied a year at Seattle University followed by a year at Mount Mary in Milwaukee.  She later earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree and worked at St. Francis Hospital, in the newborn nursery, for almost two decades.  In 1992 she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she lived for the remainder of her years.  She was a member of St. Pius X Parish in Tucson, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school to youth.

Survivors include son Hugh Andrew (Susan) Piper of Peoria, daughter Heidi Piper of Boulder, Colorado, and grandchildren Liam Piper, and Giacomo and Julia Morini.  She is also survived by her brother Lt. Col. Charles F. Coates Jr. and her sister Cathy Coates, both of Alexandria, Virginia. 

A funeral mass will be officiated by Fr. Paul Stark at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, in Peoria Heights at 10 am, Monday April 5, 2021 directly followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials in Linda‘s memory may be made to the St. Thomas food pantry online, through the St. Thomas website, or mailed to the church at 904 E. Lake Ave, Peoria Heights, IL  61616

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Funeral Mass




10:00 AM 4/5/2021 10:00:00 AM
St. Thomas Catholic Church

904 E Lake Ave
Peoria Heights, IL 61616

St. Thomas Catholic Church
904 E Lake Ave Peoria Heights 61616 IL
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

421 N. Sterling Ave
West Peoria, IL 61604

421 N. Sterling Ave West Peoria 61604 IL
United States

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