Linda Sue was born September 17, 1962 in Omaha, NE to Charles and Betty Aufenkamp. She is the eldest of three children with a brother, Paul, and sister, Peggy.
She graduated from South High School in 1980. Then continued her education at Bellevue University, USD, and WIT Nursing School. Linda was a honor graduate receiving a 4.0 in her degree of Psychology and Nursing. After graduation she met her husband Kelly Conolly. They wed on September 3, 1983 at Our Lady of Lordes church in Omaha, Nebraska.
In 2000 Kelly and Linda bought Linda’s dream home, a historic Victorian house on Jackson Street, now known as Linda Sue Manor. She had a gift of decorating and loved antiquing for items to fill up the three-story home. She enjoyed spending time at the family cabin at Miners Bend with her friends and family. Her favorite days included floating in the water, water sports, and taking in the memories the summer days provided her.
Linda was always on the go. She always had somewhere she needed or wanted to be, always having a kind word for everyone she met. Linda had a gift of making someone feel special, like they were right where they belonged. Both Kelly and Linda were apart of the Abu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City. Linda adored the fellow Shriners, and enjoyed all the events she was able to share with them.
To say Linda was a caring soul would be an understatement. She always put others first. Her family was her pride and joy, and she held her friends close to her heart.
Kelly and Linda welcomed a baby girl, Brittany (Conolly) Lesline into the world on November 3, 1989. Shortly after, they moved to Sioux City, Iowa. Linda worked as a RN at Sioux City Family Health for Dr. Mitchell, and then at the Dakota Dunes Surgery Center until retiring in 2009 to care for her mother in Omaha, Nebraska.
Linda was surrounded by her loving friends up until the end of her battle. She had many visitors bring her joy in her final months. Her family and friends took time from their busy lives to provide her with care and comfort. From the hospital visits to her final days, Linda never once gave up. Linda held on as long as her body would physically let her, as she soon would be a grandma to her first grandchild the last Monday of March. Linda had every reason to want to stay with us. She had the strongest of wills, and continued to hold on to her faith until her final minute on this earth. Linda passed with her husband, daughter, son in law, and close friends holding her.
In 2016, Linda Sue Conolly passed into heaven after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer.
Kelly and Brittany opened the Linda Sue Manor to the public as a boutique hotel, dedicated to her memory.