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Linda Marie Picker - Johnson of Grants Pass, Oregon, formerly of St. James, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2024 at Asante Three Rivers Medical Center in Grants Pass, Oregon. She was 71 years of age.
Linda, the daughter of Kenneth and Francis (Bock) Happel, was born January 30, 1952 in Rolla, Missouri. She was united in marriage to Stanley Picker. Linda and Stanley had two sons, Michael and Chad.
In September 2002, she was united in marriage to Mike Johnson.
Linda is survived by her father, Kenneth Happel of St. James, Missouri; husband, Mike Johnson of Grants Pass, Oregon; sons, Michael Picker and wife, Missy of St. James, Missouri and Chad Picker of St. James, Missouri; brothers, Robert Happel and wife, Donna of St. James, Missouri and Eric Happel and wife, Andrea of Versailles, Missouri; sisters, Babbie Schlaeppi of Cuba, Missouri and Lisa Happel of St. James, Missouri; grandchildren: Trynten, Myla, Kurt, Makayla, Macy, and Avery; and great-grandchildren, Roman and Scarlet.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Francis Happel who passed away April 20, 2023 and former husband, Stanley Picker who passed away in December 2012.
Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, and sister. She loved spending time with her family. She fell in love with the beauty of Grants Pass, Oregon when visiting 2007. She and Mike along with their Cocker Spaniel, Wilson made Grants Pass their home; she enjoyed exploring the beautiful country that surrounded their home.
Linda was a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner as well as Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management. She had over 30 years experience in the healthcare field. She graduated from Maryville College in St. Louis, Missouri, Suma Cum Laude and went on to graduate with honors from University of Missouri, St. Louis with her MSN and Adult Nurse Practitioner degree in 1995. She did her internship at Fort Leonard Wood Army Post in St. Roberts, Missouri.
She had a strong background in Internal Medicine with an emphasis in cardiopulmonary care. Additionally, Linda has worked in the field of diabetes for over 30 years. As part of her nurse practitioner career, she has also specialized in dermatology. She is skilled in numerous minor surgical procedures that can be performed in the office in an outpatient setting.
Linda's dedication to education led her to teach part time for 9 years as an Associate Professor at University of Missouri, St. Louis in the RN, Masters, and Nurse Practitioner programs.
Prior to moving to Oregon, Linda spent 7 years in an Internal Medicine practice in St. Louis, Missouri providing care for patients with diabetes, cardiac, and pulmonary health problems as well as continuing to provide dermatology, women's health, and general health care. Her initial 9 years of practice were in rural health.
As an RN, Linda worked in ICU, cardiothoracic surgery & step-down units, cardiac stress testing, Holter monitor, and pacemaker clinic. She was active in the development of an inpatient/outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program. Linda has directed, organized, and developed both inpatient and outpatient Diabetes Management Programs. She is responsible for developing the first Diabetes Self Management Program in rural mid-Missouri, located in Rolla, Missouri.
Linda has participated in research as a co-investigator in the "Health and Economic Outcomes Associated with Bone Loss in Postmenopausal Women" (2005 to 2007). She is a co-author/co-investigator of “Rural Nurse Practitioner Dermatology Consultations: Growing Role in Rural Health Medicine,” Stoeker & et al, (1998).
Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Friday, January 26, 2024 at Jones Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Saturday, January 27, 2024 at Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in the High Gate Baptist Church Cemetery in St. James, Missouri.
Memorials may made at this website to Camp Cocker Rescue.
Online condolences may be entered at jonesfunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
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