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Linda J. McMullen

July 4, 1943 ~ July 14, 2018 (age 75)

Linda J. McMullen, 75, of Dunlap, passed away July 14, 2018 at Grand View Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Peoria.  

Born on July 4, 1943 in Peoria to August E. and Marie C. Hoerr, she married the love of her life M. Michael (Mike) McMullen  on November 18, 1967 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Peoria.

Surviving are her husband, Michael of Dunlap and her brother Norman  A. Hoerr (Connie) of Eureka, Illinois and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.  
Linda attended Woodruff High School and graduated from Bradley University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History.  She also received a Master of Science in Education in 1988 from Illinois State University.  She initially taught at Dunlap Grade School but was a teacher for Peoria School District for 30 years.  The last twenty-two of which she taught American History at Washington Middle School in Peoria retiring in 2001.  At Washington she also coached the Scholars Cup Teams that won numerous local competitions and the Future Problem Solving Teams that won  awards at regional, state and national competitions.
In 1990, in recognition of her work with the Future Problem Solving Program, Linda was the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy (IMSA).  In 2003, her Lewis & Clark curriculum materials were published in the Illinois History Teacher magazine.  
Linda was a past president of the National  Federation of Business and Professional Women's Club.  She also was a member of the Peoria Art Guild and the Peoria Historical Society.  For the Historical Society, she did the research and wrote the original script for their Springdale Cemetery Tour.

Linda enjoyed a good book, good music or a good movie.  She also enjoyed going to concerts and the theatre.  A good evening was dinner with Mike and friends at a nice restaurant.  After retiring, she became an excellent navigator for Mike when they went on Corvette Road Tours around the country.  After Mike retired, they wintered at Kiva Dunes in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
Per her request, there will be no visitation or services.  Cremation has been accorded.  At a future time, her ashes will be scattered over the Illinois Prairie that she loved.  Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.  A special thanks to the women at Grand View and Harbor Light Hospice for the compassionate care Linda received over the past two plus years.  To share a memory or condolence with her family, visit


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