Linda was born on June 20, 1963 to adoring parents Emmet and Margaret (Peters) Haugh in Kansas City, Missouri. She is survived by her dear siblings Brian (Lucy) Haugh, Kevin (Kelly) Haugh, Jason Haugh, Karen (Andrew) Demel, and Aaron (Kiana) Haugh. Close to her heart were many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her father, Emmet Haugh.
In 1981, Linda graduated from Archbishop O’Hara High School. She went on to receive a degree in English Literature from Rockhurst College where she was a member of both Alpha Phi Omega (National Service Fraternity) and the school newspaper staff. During this time, she worked many happy summers at World’s of Fun amusement park where she met the love of her life, Martin Verstraete. Their deep friendship grew to love, with the exchange of heartfelt letters, dates, and flowers. They share many happy memories and lifelong friends from this period. They married at St. Regis Catholic Church on November 16, 1985. The couple made Kansas City northland their home. They have been members of Holy Family Parish for over 35 years. They enjoyed spending time together as members of the parish choir. Martin and Linda sent their children to St. Charles Borromeo grade school and St. Pius X High School. She loved being a mother and was happiest spending time with her girls going shopping, watching their sporting events, and celebrating their accomplishments. She was so proud of her children. As their children grew and left the house, Martin and Linda enjoyed visiting and spoiling their grandchildren, taking day trips to historical sites around Kansas City, and going for walks in God’s beautiful nature. She loved seeing her siblings and reliving happy memories with them. She cared so deeply for her parents and was grateful for the faith and integrity they instilled in her.
Linda worked as a caring and devoted employee at Shook, Hardy, and Bacon law firm for 37 years. As a Legal Services Manager, she took great pride in her work and the lives of her employees. There she met many coworkers who became great friends and she regarded them as family.
Linda had a light and beauty that simply radiated. Her affection and generosity knew no bounds. She was a helper and was always there when she was needed. She continues to surround her family and friends with her loving presence.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at Holy Family Catholic Church located at 919 NE 96th St. in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to the Mass, the Rosary will be prayed at 8:30 a.m. with a visitation from 9:00-10:00 a.m., both in the main church. A funeral luncheon will follow the Mass in the parish hall. Burial will take place at Resurrection North Cemetery at 12:45 p.m. The service will be live streamed at www.HolyFamily.com . In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Saint Charles Borromeo Academy, St. James Catholic School, or Holy Family Music Ministry. Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, Missouri. Memories of Linda and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.