Linda Jean Irvin


1940 - 2013

Linda Jean (Alverson) Irvin, of Columbia, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013. She was born on January 13, 1940, in Springfield, Mo. to John and Mildred Alverson. She graduated from Maplewood High School and later received her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Linda taught for 25 years at West Junior High School. In 1996, she was selected Missouri Gifted Teacher of the Year. Upon retirement, she became the Executive Secretary for the Gifted Association of Missouri. She is survived by her husband, Jim, and her three children, John, Kathy Becker, and David. She also is survived her son-in-law, Terry and three grandsons, Kyle, Justin and Paul Becker. A Memorial Service followed by a reception for all friends and family will be held Thursday, July 11, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Columbia-1112 E. Broadway. Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church or charity of choice. Online condolences may be left at