Community booster Linda D. Myrick dies
7/13/2018, 6:35 p.m. | Updated on 7/16/2018, 9:33 a.m.
Ms. Myrick went on to serve from 1998 to 2000 as president of the former Richmond Council of the Parent-Teacher/Parent-Teacher-Student Association. In a 1998 Free Press Personality feature, she explained her interest by saying that “parents can make a big difference in the education of children.”
Another example of Ms. Myrick’s philosophy of life played out the same weekend she died.
Despite dealing with terminal cancer, she arranged an all-expense-paid appreciation event for 100 women at the Hilton Garden Inn-Richmond Airport, including her four daughters, nurses and others she met at the VCU Massey Cancer Center and even some strangers, Ms. Diggs said.
Ms. Myrick spent nearly $30,000 to make it happen.
“She wouldn’t allow us to cancel because she was sick,” Ms. Diggs said.
Her children made sure it went on even though she died as her invitees began checking in for the three-day, two-night affair.
“The women got manicures and massages, a banquet, and they even took glamour shots,” Ms. Diggs said. “The idea was to provide a relaxing weekend for women who are always taking care of other people. It was designed to allow them to pause and take a moment to appreciate themselves.”
A single mother, Ms. Myrick moved to the Richmond area after her father, John D. Clark Jr., a civilian employee of the Defense Department, was reassigned from the West Coast to Fort Lee near Petersburg. Ms. Myrick said later she hated moving during her senior year in high school.
She finished her senior year at Thomas Dale High School, but lived much of her adult life in Richmond with her children. Despite her own illness, she moved to Midlothian after her mother’s death in January 2017 to take care of her father.
“That’s the kind of person she was,” Mr. Diggs said.
During her cancer treatment, she made her presence felt at the VCU Massey Cancer Center. She would minister to other people, and she also looked out for the staff, many of whom would stop by to see her and get a word of encouragement, Mr. Diggs said.
“She enjoyed crafts and would pass out appreciation gifts to everyone — from the parking staff to the nurses, doctors and radiology team,” he said. “Her specialty was making pins decorated with flowers or butterflies.”
Ms. Diggs said that her mother, whom she described as a “strong, determined woman,” was still making craft items the day before she died.
“She lived life to the fullest,” Mr. Diggs said.
Ms. Myrick also was active in the Amazing Grace World Fellowship Church before leaving earlier this year to join Mr. Diggs to support his fledgling Body of Christ in Fellowship ministry.
In addition to her children and father, Ms. Myrick is survived by 14 grandchildren.