In Loving Memory

Violet M. Linden

February 19, 1911 - February 7, 2020


Violet Maria Linden, age 108, of Silverhill, Alabama, died February 7, 2020 at Westminster Village Spanish Fort, Alabama.  Violet was preceded in death by her parents, John Gustafson and Emma Gustafson of Silverhill, Alabama, and her husband, Robert Theodore Linden.

She is survived by four children, Roberta Benton of Fairhope, Alabama, Neil Linden of Spring, Texas, Jean Linden of Silverhill, Alabama, and Gloria Buck of Snellville, Georgia; three granddaughters; four grandsons; and thirteen great-grandchildren,

Robert and Violet valued education as evidenced by all four of their children earning college degrees, including bachelors, masters and doctorates, and all seven grandchildren earning college degrees.  This legacy continues even to the great grandchildren where some have already completed college and others are actively working toward degrees.

Violet played violin in the Baldwin County Student Orchestra and began playing the piano at First Baptist Church of Silverhill at an early age and retired after sixty-seven years as pianist and organist. Violet was graduated Valedictorian from Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Alabama in 1928, after which she attended business school in Chicago, Illinois.  She returned to Silverhill, Alabama and was married to Robert Linden in August 1934.  She helped prepare a history of Silverhill by translating numerous documents from Swedish to English, including church records and history of Silverhill all written during the early years of the town of Silverhill.

She was active in many organizations throughout her life but was most involved with her family and church.  In 2011 she was the Grand Marshall for the Town of Silverhill Heritage Day Parade.  She and her husband Robert were actively involved in the activities of their town and county.  She was employed in various positions over the years and eventually retired from the State of Alabama.

A funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church Silverhill Alabama, 15898 Silverhill Avenue, Silverhill, Alabama on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:00 AM.  The family will receive friends for a time of visitation prior to the service at 10:00 AM.  Presiding Clergy will be Jason Rothe.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to: First Baptist Church Silverhill, P.O. Box 246, Silverhill, Alabama 36576.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at  Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is handling service arrangements for the family.


  1. Jerry Horn

    Aunt “Vi” will be sadly missed. A quiet person of faith, she was an inspiration to all.

    She was an amazing woman who lived through an active century of change. Just 8 years before her birth, the Wright brothers flew an airplane for the first time. In her lifetime, man not only learned how to fly but to travel in space. She witnessed the evolution of the American automobile from the Model T Ford to today’s streamlined designs. She lived through WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and more.

    We are sad to say goodbye, yet we know that Aunt “Vi” now lives in her eternal home. For if our hope is in Christ, then we will meet again on that glorious shore.

  2. John and Lynda Young

    Our sincerest sympathies to the family of Violent Linden.

  3. Louise & Floyd Fawcett

    Dear Gloria and Mel: I can only imagine all the wonderful memories you shared with your mother throughout so many years. As you mourn — and rejoice! — her passing. please know that we are remembering you both with sympathy and love.

  4. stacey and cecil

    So sorry for your loss Gloria and Mel and I know that God is looking after you guys and your family

  5. Jannie Gilbert

    Praying for peace and comfort as you experience the home going of Ms. Violet. What a full life she had. Cherish all those memories.

  6. Teresa Vasut Ramey

    Mrs. Linden was a remarkable woman. As a child and youth, I remember watching and listening as she played organ at Silverhill Baptist. She was such a sweet person. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

    • The Ramkissoon family.

      Our sincere condolences to Gloria,Mel Buck n the entire family on the passing of their love one,she’s in a better place now. My prayers are with u guys b strong Gloria,the Lord strengthens n comfort u all. May her soul R.I.P.

      • Rachel Vineyard

        She was a very remarkable, unforgettable, and elegant Christian lady admired by all that knew her. I will always remember her for her kindness and generosity to me and my family. Rest in peace Vi until we meet again! My love and prayers are with your family.

  7. Mike Lacey

    Vi was always so very dear to our family. She was a wonderful musician and brought a calming interpretation to everything she played.
    I have wonderful memories growing up in Silverhill with the Linden family.

  8. Mike Lacey

    I loved VI and all of her gifts as a Mother and musician and will think of her often.

  9. Arlene Kirchman Griffith

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I’m sure the Linden family will always miss Mrs. LINDEN. Her pain is no more and she is in Heaven with Jesus and her beloved husband. She was an amazing woman who served her Lord playing piano and organ in her church for many years. She raised four wonderful children with many grandchildren who all loved her. And as my daughter said “she was a great cook!“ When we visited, there was always so much food!
    May God bless Mrs. LINDEN‘s children and grandchildren as you go through this difficult time and may God bless you all with many happy memories.
    Arlene Griffith, Nassau Bay, Texas
    (Sister-in-law of Neil & sister of Jane)

  10. Robin Jones

    One of my fondest memories was pulling into Mrs. Linden’s house with our cousins (Robert, Paul, and Amy… Neil’s children) back in the early 1970’s as we drove from Houston to visit our Florida relatives. When we walked into Mrs. Linden’s house it was filled with the smells of home cooking! I remember not being able to sample all the foods she had made for us because I was so full! I was so impressed that EVERYTHING was homemade! One of my favorite meals ever! Mrs. Linden was so kind and welcoming to us all! God bless the Linden family! Mrs. Linden was a great Christian woman!


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