Linda “Lynn” Gilstrap Niver, wife of the late Robert “Bob” Niver, passed away on August 5, 2023. She was born on October 25, 1938, in Liberty, South Carolina, a daughter of the late J.B. (Jake) and Lois Melton Gilstrap. Lynn became a registered nurse, working most of her career in the emergency room. Her unwavering commitment to caring for others during their most vulnerable moments earned her the respect and admiration of both patients and colleagues alike. Lynn's compassion knew no bounds as she worked tirelessly to provide comfort and healing to those in need, including serving as caregiver for several family members during the last years of their lives.
Beyond her professional achievements, Lynn excelled in fulfilling her roles as a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. Her love and warmth brought immeasurable joy into the lives of her family and friends. Lynn had a special knack for making everyone feel welcome, and every gathering filled with laughter. An accomplished athlete, Lynn excelled at basketball in high school and tennis during most of her adult life. She had a magic touch in the kitchen and was known for her cheese straws, pecan sandies and dark chocolate fudge.
Lynn is survived by six children, Cindy White (Gene), Jim Lewis (Stacey), Craig Lewis, Jim Niver, Anne Rhodes Fischl (Mark), and Sally Neill (Peter); three siblings, Carol Littleton, Sharon Winstead, and Johnny Gilstrap (Janice); eight grandchildren, Drew Lewis (Hannelore), Andrew Fischl, Thomas Fischl (Jamie Landa), James Niver, Nate Niver, Phillip Neill (Grace), and Anne Duncan Matranga (Jake), Walker Neill, and Elizabeth Neill; and two great-grandchildren, Odette Willow Lewis and Cecilia Rae Matranga. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews, whom she dearly loved, and by her long-time tennis partner and dear friend Chris Harris.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a sister, Marlene Foster, a granddaughter, Kelsey Lewis and her former husband, James (Jim) Lewis.
The service will be private.
The family asks that memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, www.stjude.org.
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