Linda M. Wead, 64, a longtime Preston resident, died Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester after a lengthy illness.

She was born Sept. 5, 1948, in Preston to Edwin and Evelyn (Weigand) Hovelson. She graduated from Preston High School in 1966.

She married Dennis Wead of Lanesboro April 18, 1969, at Christ Lutheran Church in Preston.

She had several talents and trades throughout her life. She worked for AT&T Telephone, Preston Care Center, Branding Iron, Eagle Bluff and Chics Pizza. She also owned the White Corner Cafe in Fountain.

She was also a local artisan. She made rag rugs, garden markers, watermelon pickles, whirlygigs, canned goods and best of all, her famous holiday baking. She also admired hummingbirds, pansies and her garden. She also enjoyed watching Daniel O'Donnell on TV and listening to his music.

Her most enjoyable times were spent with her grandsons, family and close friends.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis; her daughter, Sara (Blaine) York of Lanesboro; two grandsons, Zaccary and Harlee Wead; a step-grandson, Dylan; a brother, James (Karel) Hovelson of Cornelius, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; several great-nieces and nephews and four great-great nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her mother-in-law and father-in-law, and two brothers, Richard and Robert Hovelson.

A celebration of life was held last Saturday, June 22, at Thauwald Funeral in Preston. Burial will be at a later date.