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Columbia Missourian

Linda Jean Irvin taught at West Junior High School for 25 years

By Missourian Staff
July 6, 2013 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Linda Jean Alverson Irvin of Columbia died Thursday, July 4, 2013. She was 73.

She was born on January 13, 1940, in Springfield to John and Mildred Alverson. 

She graduated from Maplewood High School and later received her bachelor's and master's degrees in ducation from MU. She taught for at West Junior High School for 25 years. In 1996, Mrs. Irvin was selected Missouri Gifted Teacher of the Year. Upon retirement, she became the executive secretary for the Gifted Association of Missouri.

Mrs. Irvin is survived by her husband, Jim; her three children, John, Kathy Becker and David; her son-in-law, Terry; and three grandsons, Kyle, Justin and Paul Becker. 

A service followed by a reception for all friends and family will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1112 E. Broadway.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or charity of choice. 

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