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Linda Gail Spears, 52

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Linda Gail Spears, 52, of Nashville, Tenn., formerly of Red Lake, died Sunday, April 26, 2009, at the Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

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The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Red Lake Center in Red Lake with the Rev. George Ross officiating. A wake will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Red Lake Center and continue until the time of service Monday. The Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji assisted the family with arrangements.

She was born June 28, 1956, to Stanley and Evelyn Spears in Red Lake. She spent her childhood in Ponemah attending Ponemah Elementary and then Red Lake High School until the ninth grade. She graduated from the American Indian School of Art in Albuquerque, N.M. While there, she learned to make silver jewelry, sand paintings and danced jingle dress at the All Nations Powwow. She met her husband, William Bailey, at school and returned with him to the Quinault Reservation in Washington. She would send letters and pictures home about the Northwest Coast and commercial fishing on the ocean and digging clams on Capalis Beach. She enjoyed life and traveled throughout the United State having numerous jobs and many friends. She was a construction worker in Evanston, Wyo., and even was a gold miner. She lost her mother at an early age, so she helped raise her brothers and sister at different times. She moved to Nashville in 1991 where she enjoyed working for Scholastic Books. She loved filling children's school book orders across the nation and packing traveling book cases for schools. She enjoyed cooking feasts for her family and often kept in touch with her many cousins and family members. She always remained close to her first husband and his mother, Pat.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Honsinger of Nashville; daughter, Brooke Bailey; five grandchildren; brothers, William (Sherri) Spears, Harlan Spears of Farmington, N.M., and Ronald Johnson of Minneapolis; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents and younger sister, Deborah.

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