Linda J. Fracek, 68, of Grove, beloved wife, mother and educator passed away Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 at her home from complications of a stroke.

Linda was born on March 7, 1949 to Harold and Martha (Snook) Price in Bartlesville, where she grew up and attended College High School, graduating as co-valedictorian of the class of 1967.

Following high school, Linda attended the University of Oklahoma and University of Hawaii and earned a bachelor’s in English and a master’s in education.

After college, Linda moved to Chicago where a friend set her up on a blind date with the man that would become the love of her life, George Fracek. Linda and George were married on April 21, 1979 in Chicago, Illinois.

In 1994, the couple moved to Grove to be near Linda’s parents and Linda accepted a position teaching english at Vinita High School and she taught there for several years before transferring to Grove High School.

While teaching English at Grove, she twice participated in the Master’s Teacher Program, she was involved in the National Writing Project and earned her National Board Certification, was an Advanced Placement Teacher, worked with Vision 2020 and Reach3-SDE. Linda was the head of the Professional Learning Community and the director of the AVID program.

She was also an active member of the First United Methodist Church bell choir and choir and one of the founders of the Backpack Program that sends food home with needy children after school.

Linda loved life and she lived it to the fullest. As an educator, she mentored a countless number of students and positively impacted many lives.

Linda had a contagious joy and love for people, music and teaching. She was involved in Playmakers as both an actor and director. Linda will be missed in so many ways in this community.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Duane.

Left to cherish Linda’s memory, husband of 38 years, George Fracek of the home; daughter Elizabeth Nalagan and husband, Robert of Oklahoma City and son, Matthew Fracek and wife, Hailey of Grove, and brother, Laurel Price of Silver Springs, Missouri.

Memorial services will take place at 2 p.m., Monday, March 5, at Grove’s First Baptist Church followed by a reception for friends and family at the First United Methodist Church, Grove.

The family request donations be made to Linda’s passion, the Grove Backpack Program c/o FUMC, 1005 Leisure Rd., Grove, Ok 74344.

Online condolences may be made at www.nicholsfuneralandcremation.com. Arrangements entrusted to Nichols Funeral & Cremation Services.