June 20, 1943 ~ December 13, 2021

Born in: Ponca City, OK
Resided in: College Station, TX

Mrs. Dale “Linda” Scovill Burney, age 78, of College Station, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on Monday, December 13, 2021 after a long battle with dementia.  She was born on June 20, 1943 in Ponca City, OK to Russell Edward and Jane Eileen Chittum Scovill. On April 26, 1974, she married David Burney in Wichita Falls, TX.  Linda was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 infant sons. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Burney, daughters, Jean Porter and wife Karen Mitchell of Lakeside, CA, Cindy Chisum and husband Randy of Bryan, Kim Porter and husband Ben Kaplan of Tempe, AZ, and Sarah Yocky and husband Tom of Burleson County, TX; sisters, Nala Watkins of Ponca City, OK, Betsy Keyes of Bixby, OK, and Cindy Bearskin of Ponca City; brother, Edward Scovill and wife Dona of Stillwater, OK; grandchildren, Melanie Jimenez and fiancé Andrew Hernandez, Susan Jimenez and fiancé Alex Olszowy, Janna Shepherd and husband Scotty, Daniel Chisum, Elissa Thomasson and husband Bryce, Colette Porter-Kaplan, Julian Porter-Kaplan, Willow Yocky, Wyatt Yocky, Caleb Yocky, and Bobby Yocky; great-grandchildren, Shona Shepherd, Eddy Shepherd, and Phineas Thomasson.   


Linda was an avid gardener, she loved feeding birds and drinking her coffee on the porch. She loved books and reading. For most of her adult life she was a bookseller at Waldenbooks, and Jacque’s Toys and Books in Bryan, and she even owned her own children’s bookstore in Wichita Falls called Read to Me. Promoting children’s literature was a lifelong passion for her. Linda loved painting as a young woman and for many years after she retired. She fostered a deep love of creativity and she leaves behind a talented, creative, and artistic family. She was an excellent grandmother. 


The family will receive friends at Callaway Jones Funeral Center on Monday, December 20, 2021, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 21, at Callaway Jones, at 10 am. Interment will follow at College Station City Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Linda’s favorite local charity, Books and a Blanket (booksandablanket.com) which provides books and blankets to promote literacy and well being for children. 


Funeral Service: December 21, 2021 10:00 am

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Visitation: December 20, 2021 5:30 pm

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


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  1. My dear mysterious, and ever happy cousin gone. What will we do. Which way do we go when the ones that carry the Guidon fall. I remember nothing beyond you. It will take more than I can ever imagine to see beyond the memory of you being in the backdrop of our lives. Who will sing for us? Who will worry over us? Who will show us our history? Who will ever be as kind to us?

  2. Dearest cousin, You were always “leader of the cousin pack” and holder of the family history. A life well lived.

  3. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

    Goodbye sweet cousin.

  4. Sweet memory of going to her house one Easter not long ago and feeling so loved and welcomed. Such a very special lady to always be cherished and loved.

  5. I am so sorry for the loss of your precious mom. She was an amazing woman and so very kind and loving. ❤️

  6. I loved your mom’s wit and warmth and her creative genius and how she raised her daughters to be strong, kind and funny. My heart is breaking for you all, and you’re in my thoughts and prayers during this hard time. But I’m so glad you have so many great memories and the bond that exists between you all. What a blessing.

  7. David, I feel that we must go through the loss of loved ones so that we can in the days to come comfort other people who are going through their loss. This in turn seems to help us also. It may not get easier or we understand why it had to happen. Please let us know if we can help you in any way.

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