Linda G. Holden Sanders

December 10, 1957


March 24, 2020

Linda G. Holden Sanders

December 10, 1957


March 24, 2020

Linda G. Holden “The Nut Lady” Sanders, 62, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all, passed away early Tuesday morning, March 24, 2020, due to pneumonia. The sky was beautiful and the weather was gorgeous.

Linda was born to Harold and Eva “Pansy” Holden on Dec. 10, 1957, and lived in Billings most of her life except for a short stay in Colorado. Later, she returned home and started working at Pierce Packing for a few years before returning to school and receiving her Legal Secretary Degree. She married her best friend, David R. Sanders, on June 28 and shared 36 wonderful years together. Linda then started a job for the Social Security Department in the Office of Hearing and Appeals and continued for over 10 years. At this point, she decided to use her skills to create a small business with her husband and purchased “Nuts by Bolte” then created “The Nut Shack” in 2004. She loved her product and all the customers for 16 years. Linda enjoyed seeing everyone’s smiling faces and watching kids grow.

Linda enjoyed her back yard full of her “critters,” from her chickadees to her rowdy squirrels. She loved her lilies, snapdragons and solar gardens. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. Watching them grow up and enjoy all their activities brought joy to her heart.

Linda is preceded in death by her parents Harold and Pansy Holden, and sister Sandra J. Holden. She is survived by her siblings Tom and niece Dawn Holden, Jim and nieces Jessica Holden and Hailey Ma and Barb (Bruce) nephew Jacob Love; husband David R. Sanders; son Dustin (Kristen) Sanders; daughter Star Sanders; and five grandchildren, Madison Rexford, Austin Sanders, Tristen Sanders, Taylee Rae “Sunshine” Hernandez and Anisten Sanders.

A special thanks to the wonderful crew at the Hospice Home. These wonderful people helped Linda and Dave during an urgent time of need. Thank you to every one of you for your patience and kindness: Mr. Chris, Ms. Carrie, Ms. Jessica, Ms. Carrene, Ms. Vicki 1, Ms. Vicki 2, Ms. Vicki 3, Ms. Vicki “Hopalong,” Ms. Michelle, Ms. Kristeen-School Nurse, Ms. Mary, Ms. Shara, Ms. Danielle, Ms. Deni, Ms. Jenna, Ms. Jana, Resident Sandy, Mr. Mark, Ms. Judy, Ms. Kim, Ms. MaryEllen, Ms. Maryanne, Ms. Jena, Ms. Robin, Ms. Sara, Ms. Honey, and Mr. Ryan. Last but not least Bill and Mary Underriner for your gift of Suite 107 at the Hospice Home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, at St. Pius X Church, 717 18th St. West. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

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12 thoughts on “Linda G. Holden Sanders”

  1. Dave I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your soulmate Linda.
    Please accept my heart felt condolences.

  2. Dave you did a beautiful job on her eulogy, She would have been proud. I am so honored to have met her and to be able to call her my friend. She is with you always and I know you will call upon that in the future. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten.

  3. wally and barb

    Dave, our hearts go out to you in the deepest way. We are so sorry to hear this but we know Linda is whole and well again and more alive than ever with the Lord Jesus. Please let us know when her memorial service. is. we love you and will keep you in our prayers.

  4. Jean Ann Hansen

    So sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was such a sweetheart and will be very much missed. I so enjoyed buying nuts from her. She will no longer be in pain but will be happy in heaven.

  5. Dave, I could not believe this when I saw it! I am so sorry… I loved her! we had lots of good talks on break outside during the Home Improvement Show. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Linda Pickett (AKA Seders Fireplace)

  6. I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She always had a smile on her face and such a positive attitude. So enjoyed visiting and buying nuts from her over the years. What a darling
    lady! She will be missed.

  7. Connie and Ken James

    Our condolences to you and all your family. Linda was such a special person. We will miss that beautiful smile which lit up the room when she walked in. She was a kind soul.

  8. Michael Prindle

    As a real little kid, in the mid-1950’s, Tommy Holden was the first friend I ever remember. The Holden’s lived down the street from us on Custer Avenue. I don’t remember Linda, and I haven’t seen Tom for probably 62 years or more, but I just wanted to say I’m sorry for your loss and you are in my prayers. Strange as it may seem, I was thinking about the old neighborhood just last night – trying to remember the neighbors and kids I grew up with way back then. As I remember, Tom Holden lived in the second house from 16th street, across from the Parrs and Klariches, and next to the Meyers.
    Anyway, have faith in God, best wishes always and may Linda rest in peace.

  9. Alan and Ellen Kautzman

    Alan and Ellen Kautzman
    Dave we are so sorry for your loss.
    We will miss seeing Linda downtown at the nutshack.
    She always had a smile for everyone.

  10. Fred and Mardi Steinbacher

    We are so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a sweet lady, and we very much enjoyed chatting with the both of you at the various trade shows.

  11. I’m so sorry, Dave. I always looked forward to seeing Linda and it wasn’t just to buy nuts. She was the sweetest.

  12. Barb – In some ways it seems like it was just a few years ago when we all worked together at SSA! Time flies. Just wanted to pass my condolences along to you and Dave. Always enjoyed catching up with Linda at her nut booth at various events. My thoughts are with you. Take care of yourselves.

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