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Linda Owen Rimer, age 77

Linda Owen Rimer left this life for her heavenly home on December 1, 2022 at the age of 77. She is survived by Ron, her husband of 54 years; a daughter Rhonda of Springfield, Missouri; and a son Steven of Leachville, Arkansas.

Raised in Smackover by Oliver Clyde and Carrie Owen, Linda graduated from UAMS College of Nursing in 1966. After working as a pediatric nurse for several years, she returned to UCA where she received a masters degree in nursing education. She taught nursing at UALR from 1974 until 2008, preparing literally hundreds of students to become competent and compassionate nurses. In 1999, she won the Teaching Excellence Award for the entire University. She was a member of Little Rock West Assembly of God Church where she had taught a Sunday School Class, Children’s Church, and was pianist.

A celebration of life will be held at her church located at 16403 Lamarche Drive on December 10, 2022 at 3:00pm. The family will receive friends after the memorial service in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The family request that memorials be made to her church, The Linda J. Rimer Student Award fund at UALR, or your favorite charity.

Arrangements by A Natural State Funeral Service 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076. 501-982-3400. Online guestbook available at


  • Theresa Trotter Posted December 5, 2022 11:55 PM

    Linda & I were very close friends in our early years. She was a wonderful Christian friend. Looking forward to our reunion in Heaven.

  • Becky Lamb Posted December 6, 2022 4:49 AM

    I was lucky to have Mrs. Rimer as my first nursing instructor. She was the best!

  • Usman and Jackie Patel Posted December 6, 2022 6:19 AM

    We are thinking of you Steven.

  • Dannie Maddox Posted December 6, 2022 9:54 AM

    RIP (Class of 86)

  • Carol Cullum Posted December 6, 2022 9:58 AM

    Linda was one of the kindest and sweetest individuals that I have ever known. She was my nursing instructor at UALR from 1982-1984 and was such a pleasure to learn under her. I was so blessed to have attended church with her at Little Rick West Assembly. Linda always had a smile on her face and so soft spoken to everyone she met. Praying for God’s comfort and strength for her family and friends during this difficult time. Heaven gained a beautiful angel.

  • John Saulsbury Posted December 6, 2022 10:36 AM

    I grew up with her in Smackover and in church, such a nice person. Her mom was my Sunday school teacher.

  • Phyllis Beard Posted December 8, 2022 6:06 PM

    Linda had such a sweet and gentle nature. She was a joy to know. I admired her devotion to children. And to her Lord. She allowed her love for God to shine ever so brightly in her life. She is loved and will be very missed . I am praying for all her family. May our Father comfort your hurting hearts.

  • Barbara Lewis Burgess Posted December 12, 2022 3:40 PM

    I met Linda in the fall of the year she moved to Little Rock to begin her college training. She was 18. She didn’t have a car when she moved to LR and I had just gotten my first one, so we rode together everywhere. We attended the same churches for many years, We played music together at church on the piano and organ, and she played fantastic offertories on the piano. A few years before Linda married, she moved into the same apartment house I lived in, and we had many fun times there. We attended each others’ weddings, with Linda serving refreshments at my reception. She often talked about her children in the latter years and loved to spend time with them. She and I stayed in touch throughout the years and she was a joy always.

    I’m so sorry I didn’t hear about her funeral until a day too late. I certainly would have attended,

  • Janet Lanza Posted December 12, 2022 3:53 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a respected UALR faculty member and I appreciated the contact I had with her. I would have gone to the celebration of life if I had known about it before it was over! Rhonda–I hope you will contact me so that I can offer my condolences personally.

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