Linda Doornbos, 59, was passionate about her family, flying

Monday, June 3, 2013 | 7:09 p.m. CDT; updated 7:23 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 3, 2013

COLUMBIA — Linda Kay Doornbos was known to her family for her cheerful demeanor and her love of aviation. 

Mrs. Doornbos was born Dec. 10, 1953, in Columbia to Eugene and Kathryn Ballew. She died Thursday, May 30, 2013. She was 59. 

Mrs. Doornbos attended Columbia College and graduated with a bachelor of science in criminal justice and a bachelor of science in business administration. While attending Columbia College, she met her husband, Keith Doornbos. He said he was drawn to Mrs. Doornbos because of her positive, fun-loving nature and her goal-oriented personality. 

The two were married Aug. 28, 1980, in New Franklin. They lived together in Columbia until 1985, when they moved to Bloomington, Ill. 

When they met, Keith Doornbos already had his pilot's license. Mrs. Doornbos, who was interested in light aircraft since taking a helicopter when she was younger, got her pilot's license in 1981. Much of the Doornbos' lives together were marked by their love of aviation. They attended the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., every year for 33 years. 

Mrs. Doornboswas the Bloomington, Ill., chapter president of the Experimental Aircraft Association, one of the world's largest aviation organizations, for three years. 

Mrs. Doornbos was extremely dedicated to her four grandchildren and was involved in all their activities. She spent as much time as she could with them, even going on school field trips with them.  

Mrs. Doornbos was involved with the Kiwanis International branch in Decatur, Ill., for 17 years. She was also involved with the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life for 10 years, as a volunteer and a sponsor through State Farm. 

Mrs. Doornbos worked at State Farm since she was 16, including 17 years as an agent.

Mrs. Doornbos is survived by her husband, Keith; her children, Brian Foster and Laura Ludwig; her mother, Kathryn Ballew; sister, Dorothy Wilson; brothers Randy Ballew and Roger Ballew; and four grandchildren, Eva, Carter and Landon Ludwig and Mackenzie Foster. 

Her father, Eugene Ballew, died earlier.

A visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at East Lawn Funeral Home, 1102 Airport Rd., Bloomington, Ill. Services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at East Lawn Funeral Home. Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 1102 Airport Road, Bloomington, Ill. A memorial service will be held 6:30 p.m. Friday at Grandview Baptist Church, 8300 N. Route Z, in Centralia.  

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences may be made at  

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