Obituary of Linda Alice Young-Baggott
Linda Alice Young-Baggott passed away November 4th, 2023. Born on June 10th, 1966 in Fort Benning, GA. She is survived by her husband, Anthony Todd Baggott and her three sisters, Doreen Kahihikua Putnal (Charles), Belinda (Nina) Young-Williams (David), and Christina Haunani Orellana (Miguel), as well as Todd’s mother, Elneita Baggott and his brother, Christopher Baggott. She was predeceased by her father, John Keoni Young Jr., her mother, Agnes Paka Akau Young, and siblings, Muriel Kalahaehae Young, John Pauhai Young, Diana Haunani Nichols, and Cherylann Kealohaokalani Samide. Linda is remembered by all of her family and friends.
Linda will continue to be recognized as a wife, sister, godmother, aunt, niece, and friend.
For the past 20 years, Linda has been working as a beautician and hair artist. She went to school and became certified in Cosmetology. Pursuing a dream and natural talent, she brought a pop of color and finesse to everything she touched and truly adored what she was able to create. It didn’t stop at glamourizing others with hair and makeup, it flowed into what she surrounded herself with. From her flourishing plants and collection of wind chimes, into the music of empowered women she enjoyed. The appreciation and beauty of music was one of the many commonalities her and her husband, Todd, shared. Music and classic television and movies were a theme that resonated with both of them, like the universal horror movie, “The Mummy” from 1932 with Boris Karloff, being one of their favorites.
Although Linda and Todd were opposites in many ways, they brought out the best in each other. They met 36 years ago at USC when Linda showed interest in her sister Nina’s mailman. That mailman was Todd. Todd blocked in Linda’s car with his mail van, which might have infuriated her but gave him an excuse to speak to her. She asked for a ride in his new Buick Skylark on September 5th, 1987 and that was the beginning of their 2 and a half year dating streak before he asked her to be his wife.
Todd was introduced into the Young family and was welcomed with open arms. He was quiet and reserved, but after time, Linda brought him out of his shell to join the boisterous sounds of family and good times. Linda was known for her love of familial functions and the joy and laughter that was produced from every interaction. Family is and will continue to be a long lasting permanent alliance that Todd is now a part of forever.
Having these lasting ties brings support and respect, but being one of the youngest sisters of seven siblings can truly shine a light on the dynamics of competition. The sounds of hooting and hollering could be heard for miles, especially if they were playing Spades. There was a distinct understanding of how everyone worked and played the game. Being raised in an environment that was close knit but also competitive made it apparent that this is a family that was not afraid to back down to any challenge.
Linda could play the field, be adaptable, and be a social gregarious butterfly, flaunting her skills when necessary or when she wanted.
We will always be on Linda’s time, and that time is Island Time. If you know her or the Young family, they are never early or on time, they are fashionably late and as we all know, fashion was one of Linda’s favorite (maybe only favorite) middle names. Raised by Hawaiian parents, family and culture was a predominant aspect of her life. Whether that be food, dress, or entertainment, she was able to exhibit her past and intertwine her present experiences into her everyday life. Capturing herself or others in an impromptu photoshoot aided her in seizing every moment. Seeing life through the lens of Linda brought a certain charm, even on her and Todd’s pet profiles. Although there have been others before, Monkey and Eto have taken the spotlight of their union. They both have a fondness of animals and their admiration will go unmatched.
Socially inspiring, Linda never knew a stranger. Known as Linny or Auntie Linty by her family, she will be remembered by all of her encounters as someone who is determined, gracious, and animated. She was someone who cherished the finer things in life, the luxury of convenience, and the comfort that ensued when being taken care of. She had a fulfilling life, with a loving husband, family, and friends, that we can all admire.
A celebration of life will be held at Thompson Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 at 4PM, 845 Leesburg Rd, Columbia, SC 29209.
Open Visitation: Wednesday, Nov 8th, 3pm-4pm
For those unable to attend, the service will be streaming live via the following link: https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/433675711