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Linda Carol Hankel, 66, Mapleton, ND, passed away on January 21, 2018 at Sanford Medical Center, Fargo, ND.
Linda was born October 23, 1951, in Richland, Washington, to Robert (RC) and Carol (Andersen) Lawrence. She lived in Richland through High School, before moving to Minnesota.
Linda graduated with from Moorhead State College (University) in May, 1973, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. As a Licensed Social Worker for 44 years, she worked with numerous agencies in Fergus Falls, MN and Fargo, ND.
Linda was united in marriage to Myron Hankel on January 6, 1973, in Fargo, ND. They raised and are continuing to raise 10 adoptive and birth children.
Her other love was providing care for youth in the foster care system. She welcomed hundreds of children into her home for 36 years. Linda's areas of focus were to children with special needs, specifically with mental and physical limitations.
Linda's main interests included her Faith in God, weekly Bible studies, multicultural activities, human rights, camping, and travel. Meeting and visiting with people in all stations in life encompassed all of her earthly interests.
Linda will be remembered, most, for her easy laughter, quick wit, love of all people, and mainly for her love of her Lord, Jesus Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Myron, 10 children, 10 grandchildren, numerous foster children, her mother, Carol, step-father Bill, 3 brothers, as well as numerous extended family. Linda was preceded in death by her father, Robert.
Visitation: Monday, February 5, 2018 from 5-7 PM with a prayer service at 7 PM all at Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND.
Memorial service: Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 2 PM at Atonement Lutheran Church, Fargo, ND
Burial: Private burial at a later date.
West Funeral Home & Life Tribute Center