Linda Mary Houde, 58, of Bedford, VA went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at Bedford Memorial Hospital.  She was born on May 3, 1961 in Youngstown, OH.  She was preceded in death by her father, David Torella and her mother, Agnes Diba. She is survived by her husband, David Houde; her stepdaughter, Alyssa Houde; her stepson, Justin Houde; her sister, Roslyn Torella and husband Ron Reese; her mother-in-law, Betty Lu Houde; her sister-in-law, Peggy Fridley and husband Bill Fridley; her brother-in-law, Alan Houde and wife Ann Brickfield-Houde; and numerous other family members and friends. Linda loved Virginia, the beauty of nature, and the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains.  She loved to cook, watch cooking shows and The Young and the Restless, help plan her family’s yearly vegetable garden, visit Liberty Lake Park (especially when the Christmas decorations were up), and participate in The Great Backyard Bird Count.  She loved the Cleveland Indians baseball team and rarely missed a game on TV.  She also loved her collection of duck statues and figures, as well as the other decorative critters that graced the rooms of her home.  Linda was David’s soulmate as well as his best friend. Anyone wishing to make a donation in Linda’s name is encouraged to consider the Bedford Christmas Station, (540) 492-0382. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, (540) 586-7360.