Linda Ann Latorre passed away at age 69 on March 28, 2021. Linda had many accomplishments but most importantly, she was a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She had a big heart, was selfless and fiercely protective of those for whom she cared, taking many under her wing (both people and animals). Linda was brilliant, owning her own real estate brokerage and appraisal business for close to 45 years, achieving many milestones throughout her career. She was well-traveled and multi-faceted in her talents and interests, including learning about different cultures and her own ancestral heritage. Linda was an artist and poet, with poems often published in various newspapers.
Linda was born in Silver Creek, Crum, West Virginia but grew up in Pataskala, Ohio. As evidenced by one of her most beautiful poems, her spirit never left Silver Creek as she often reflected on her love for the time she spent there with family.
Linda attended Watkins Memorial High School and, with a thirst for education, she graduated from Capital University, with a double major in psychology and art. She also attended the University College Cork in Ireland, where she studied Celtic studies.
Linda sat on many councils, committees and zoning commissions throughout her life and career. She also had the most beautiful smile and even modeled when she was younger. There are so many things about Linda that made her unique and interesting.
Born to Charles and Marie Perry, Linda is the second of eight children who include: Roger Perry (deceased), Larry Perry (Kathy), Charles “Ronnie” Perry, Wanda Kennedy, Judy Price (Dennis), Deborah Kay Perry (deceased) and Lisa Dickie (Iain).
Her children were her greatest joy and include: Carrie (William) Crockett, David Grundy (deceased), Whitney (Gerald) Knowles and Jonathon Latorre.
She was blessed and so proud of her many grandchildren and great grandchildren, each of whom she showered with an enormous amount of love.
Her grandchildren include: Cody Crockett, Tyler Grundy (Amanda), Gerald “Devonte” Knowles (Aliyah), Natalie Ashtyn Crockett (Lindsay), Giovonni Knowles, Trayvin Grundy (Destiny), Antonio Latorre, Jon Latorre, Keyara Knowles (K’shawn) and Adam Latorre.
Her great grandchildren include: Jessica, Zayden, Ezekiel, Aubrey, Reign, Alyvia and Trayvin.
We will always remember the great lengths she went to make each of us feel special. We will miss her deeply, but grateful that such a beautiful mind, body and spirit will suffer no longer.
Linda’s family will receive friends 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 3, 2021 at Cotner Funeral Home 7369 E. Main St. Reynoldsburg.
July 20, 1991
Have you ever known a place
where its very soul spoke of Grace,
a peaceful place lost in time
where the fields and streams
were friends of mine.
Sitting at the top of a mountain
and stripped of its pride,
but as children we couldn’t wait
to greet her after the long journey’s
For years our family would call
this mountain our home,
and generations of our relatives are
buried beneath its stone.
With bonds so strong that
no one could break,
we would wander its paths and
listen to the sounds that the
Sometimes I can still feel the crispness
of the winter’s cool mountain air
and in the Spring, the warm gentle
breeze that blew through my hair.
I can still see my Great Grandmother
in her bonnet so strong,
tending her petunias and plowing
her garden for hours so long.
I can still taste the bark
and smell the slate
from the excursion in search
of ginseng that my Grandfather would make.
I’ve heard the old hoot owl echo its call
and the bobcats cry as it screams out its bawl,
but the gentle whippoorwill’s never tiring
cry was my favorite of all
and if you listen real close,
your name they might call.
And where will my own children
call their home?
I wonder if the mountain will call
out to them as on life’s journeys
Will they too return to her beauty
to rest at her breast,
and will they know her peace
as did the generations before them,
to learn the many lessons she can teach?
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