Linda Gail Holmes
Lindy Gail Mayo arrived into this world on July 26, 1950 to Willie Made Johnson and Jacob Mayo Sr. in Opelousas, Louisiana. Known to her family and friends as Linda, she was the third child of what would eventually be six children in this growing family. As the second daughter of this family, Linda helped with her younger siblings, mothering them as sisters tend to. Linda attended grade and high school in Opelousas, where she developed a love for literature and history that would span lifelong, and would eventually be passed to her daughters. What began as spending afternoons in every library of every town she lived in, would eventually become a full reading library after the invention of the tablet. Her lifelong love for books and reading helped her earn a scholarship to pursue a degree in Education. Her lively and adventurous spirit had other plans, however, so she seized the opportunity to join a classmate in sunny Southern California to follow her dreams instead. She was eventually joined by her sister and several of her brothers.
In 1971, Linda married her teenage sweetheart Clarence Holmes. This union was not blessed with children. After her union with Clarence ended, she met a local actor named Earnest Weston and with him she had her first daughter, Favel Weston, in 1974. Determined to build a fruitful life for herself and her family, she sent her only child to live with her parents in Opelousas while she continued working in Los Angeles to provide. Eventually she met Willie L. Polk with whom she would welcome her second daughter, Willena L. Polk, in 1975. With two little birds to feed (her words), Linda decided that her education was and would always be her best opportunity. She received her Associate’s degree from a Californian Community College which would aid her in landing a position with the United States Postal Service. During this time her father would pass, leaving Linda longing to be close to her mother once again. She transferred her USPS Office position from Los Angeles, California to the Downtown Franklin office in Houston, Texas to be as close to Louisiana as her job would allow. She was a devoted daughter, who deeply cherished her relationship with her Mother whom she supported to the very end. A mother to many herself, she played a vital role in many of the lives of her grandchildren, nephews, and brothers.
Linda retired from the United States Postal Service after twenty four years. She spent her excess time in service to people and the Lord by becoming a member of Inspire Church, pastored by Dr. Richard Heard. She became a greeter for her 7:30 service, welcoming others into her Church Home and continuing to devote herself to her relationship with her Lord and Savior.
She leaves behind to mourn two daughters, Favel Fernandez and Willena Lee (Donald); Granddaughters, Nyree I. Butler, Idean Fernandez and Wsipree Lee; Grandsons, Caleb Fernandez, Denric Lee and Dallen Lee. She leaves behind her best friend and sister, Irma L. Gordon and brothers, Jacob Mayo Jr. and Edward Mayo; and nephew, Jacob Mayo III.
Funeral services will be Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. at Dixon Funeral Home, 2025 E. Mulberry St., Angleton, TX. Burial will follow at Rainbow Cemetery in Sweeny, TX.
Visitation will be the same day of the service from 11:00 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Due to the COVID-19 Virus, everyone must wear a mask and practice social distancing.
Final arrangements entrusted to Dixon Funeral Home of Angleton at (979) 849-8800.
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