ROCKFORD — Linda May Morrissey (Hubbell), of Rockford, born on July 27, 1947 in Princeton and died Jan. 11, 2022.
Graduate of Amboy High School. Air Force Honorably Discharged A2C E-3. Dixon Correctional Center (retired).
She is survived by daughters, Christine Ryan and Katie (Vincent) Spiritosanto; son, J.P. Morrissey; ex-husband, Larry Morrissey; life-partner, Connie Heinze; daughters, Lorie (Brian) Nutt and Lisa (Jon) Carel; son, Brett (Jeanne) Heinze; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Audrey, Tess, Johnny, Talia, Noah, Maverick, Liam, Gavin and Zoe. Brothers Dennis Hubbell (Sybil), Mike Hubbell (Julie) Jim Hubbell (Laura); and countless nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by Roy Hubbell (father), Leroy Zentz, (stepfather) Jean Zentz (mother) Jeff Hubbell (brother) Tommy Hubbell (brother).
Visitation to be held from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at Mihm-Jones Funeral Home 303 E. Main St. Amboy, with a service at 1 p.m. A Celebration of Life at Amboy Community Building immediately following 280 W. Wasson Rd. Amboy. Flowers may be sent to Mihm-Jones Funeral Home or donations to Rockford Sexual Assault Counseling at 4990 E. State St. Rockford, IL 61108.
Linda May Hubbell was born in Princeton, Illinois to Jean and Roy Hubbell. She became a caretaker at an early time in her life, setting a precedent of lifelong selflessness. Filling the role of caregiver to her brothers; Dennis, Mike, Jeff and Jim kept her busy. But Linda always found time to raise a little hell and polished quite a bit of brass at the Amboy High School. Linda was looking for something bigger than her small-town upbringing, and headed to the Air Force in Amarillo, Texas. In addition to entertaining the airmen, she was tasked with processing discharges and was herself honorably discharged in 1967. Her time spent in the Air Force expanded her views of the world and culture, and prepared her for her next big adventure. Linda spent the next couple years in Chicago working for an insurance company. She was present for the Democratic National Convention in 1967 and witnessed the riots. It was a defining moment in her life and elevated her beliefs of equality, and especially, women’s rights. Her employer insisted she return to Amboy for her safety, and this is when the next chapter began.
She married Larry Morrissey in October 1971 and her family grew exponentially. In addition to her three children, she gained several in-laws, and dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews. She was a favorite of many with her trendsetting ways and wit. She was a window to a different world and way of thinking, and always had the crowd’s attention. There were tough times, for sure, but she always seemed to make lemonade. After several years in Shannon, another turn of events landed her in Dixon working at the Dixon Correctional Center, where she formed lifelong friendships. All of her coworkers have shared that she always had the respect of the inmates, and if anything ever went down, mom would be spared. During her time in Dixon, she saw her oldest children exceed academically and her youngest daughter follow the path she chose in high school…the fun path. She was always so proud of each of them. The college degrees, the enormous talent of her favorite son, the careers all of them excel at, and the countless laughs they bring to so many.
Her family grew once again when she met her one and only Rosie. They spent 30+ years together, with just as many moves. Between moving their children, living a part and living together, they put miles and miles on brother Jim’s truck. There was always a team to help, begrudgingly at times, but they showed up. Mom knew family was everything and friends were a gift. She spent her life caring unconditionally for others and will be missed tremendously. Arrangement by the Mihm-Jones Funeral Home in Amboy.
Condolences can be left at www.thejonesfh.com.