GASTONIA, N.C. – Linda Flor Hidalgo Hite, of Buckhannon, W.Va., peacefully passed on Jan. 26, 2017 in the presence of her loving husband of 46 years, Steven Hite. She was born Oct. 12, 1948 in Beckley, daughter of Manuel Hidalgo and Flor Santos Hidalgo. Her family emigrated from Peñarroya, Spain. Linda’s connection with the Spanish language and culture served as the tapestry of her life.
As a young woman, after graduating from West Virginia University with a B.A. in Secondary Education, she became a Pan Am stewardess and flew the Central and South American routes. After marrying in 1970, she and her husband lived in Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Following her husband’s military service, they resided in Morgantown, W.Va. where she taught Spanish for three years at St. Francis. She and Steven moved to Buckhannon, W.Va. with their son Michael and later had a daughter, Courtney. After being a stay-at-home mother for a period of time, she returned to teaching until her retirement in 2011.
All family, friends and former students can attest that she was a master organizer. From timeline-precise photo albums to a meticulously labeled pantry, her talent for task completion and organization would give Martha Stewart a run for her money! She thoroughly enjoyed all topics regarding home improvement and interior design. It was her goal to make any space more visually pleasing, expressive and of course, neat! Describing Linda as an avid reader would be an understatement, for she always had an extensive reading list. Not only did it continually shape her perspective and understanding of the world, but it brought her great pleasure. She had a knack for retelling books and would regularly share the latest reads with Steve and Courtney. From biographies, autobiographies, and historical pieces to fiction and non-fiction works, such as
“The Power of Habit,” and “The Tipping Point;” she always had a good read in hand.
For 26 years as a Spanish teacher, she exemplified professionalism and personal integrity. Linda had high expectations for her students, as she instilled in them a sense of duty, a true sense of obligation to meet their own potential in life. Encouraging her students to look for opportunities to expand their minds, travel, volunteer, and study in other parts of the world, was one of the many ways she made lasting impacts. Various former students have careers that require extensive travel, and some of her best are now foreign language teachers and professors! As a wife, mother and grandmother she was generous in every possible way. Linda was steady, predictable, considerate, regimented, and resolute in beliefs, and most importantly, unwavering in her love. She also had a remarkable talent for listening and being present for her family and friends. She was Steve’s and Courtney’s greatest counsel. She is survived by her husband Steven Hite, of Buckhannon, W.Va., her son Michael Hite and daughter-in-law Desi, grandchildren Alex and Florilinda Hite, of Normandy Park, Wash., daughter Courtney Hite, son-in-law Sandeep Vennam, and grandchildren Leela and Sai Suraj Hite Vennam, of Gastonia, N.C. She is also survived by her older brother Robert Hidalgo and wife Gail, of Largo, Fla., nephew David Hidalgo and wife Jacqui in Missouri, niece Monica Hidalgo and Jacob Timm, and great-niece Taegan, of Sarasota, Fla., as well as survived by her younger brother Thomas Hidalgo and wife Idalí, of Springfield, Mass., cousins Greg Parkins, of Manassas, Va., Carolynn Parkins, of Florida, Joyce Hidalgo Cook and family of West Virginia, Washington, Florida and Ohio. Linda is also survived by her loving in-laws father-in-law Shirley P. Hite, of Grafton, brother-in-law Chris Hite and wife Patsy Hite, niece Anissa Hite Davis & family, Tracy Hite Hurst and family, all of Buckhannon, W.Va.,sister-in-law Cindy Hite and husband Bob Beverly of Morgantown,W.Va., and cousins-in-law Brad and Brenda Hamrick and family. Her paternal aunt, Astrea Rodriguez and family reside in Monterrey, Calif. She also has relatives in Peñarroya, ES, Zaragoza, ES, Valladolid, ES and Madrid, ES. Linda was loved by those who knew her for years, as well as those who were recent admirers. The Celebration of Life for will be held on Saturday, April 8 at Stonewall Jackson Resort in the Ballroom. The remembrance will begin at 1 p.m. with a receiving line. The Honoring Ceremony will be at 3 p.m. After the service, the receiving line and visitation will continue until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the WVU Cancer Comfort Fund, 1 Medical Center Drive, Morgantown, WV 26506.Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com. Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia 704-864-5144 is serving the family.