Linzi Dawn Koonce

January 29, 1983 ~ April 29, 2011

Linzi Dawn Koonce, 28, of Lake Charles passed away, Friday, April 29, 2011 in a local hospital.

She was a native and lifelong resident of the Lake Charles area. Linzi was a graduate of Bell City High School and also Sowela Tech with a degree in Criminal Justice.

Survivors include her parents, Charles and Eva (Newman) Kinnison; her brother, Charles A. Kinnison, Jr.; paternal grandparents, Robert and Stella LeJeune all of Lake Charles; Aunts and Uncles and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her pet dogs, Red and Copper. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Kenson and Berthaline Newman.

Her funeral will be at 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 1, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend Tom McClelland will officiate. Burial will be in the Hayes Cemetery in Hayes, LA. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until time of services, Sunday, in the funeral home.

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  1. From the first day we met Linzi made me feel genuinely cared for. She had many gifts, but the greatest gift was her kindness. She always had a twinkle in her eyes and a smile on her face. Her laughter was contagious. She was a young woman that any parent would be proud to call their daughter. She loved, was loved, and I proud to say she was my friend.

  2. Hey Lohan still unreal to me that your gone bra. We had sum great times and crazy times. Im still tryna grasp the fact your not here to play ps3 with me no more nor hang with me at all no more. Your missed everyday and as long as i breath you will never be forgotten.

  3. I cannot understand this. I'm having a hard time, every morning when I open my eyes it feels like a brick has hit me in the head. Then my heart starts beating so fast I really think it will beat right out of my chest. I lay there and think, if I go back to sleep I will wake up and realize I was having a nightmare. Well the reality of this horible time is, it is true. I read on facebook where you knew three days prior and you were prepared, I read this from one of your friend that is a Christian women.I am so grateful that I read this because you are forever to be with God. I will never forget my lil lin! and I will always be grateful for the time we had you, sooo blessed with your presence.I know I can love you and love you without end and nothing can take that AWAY. I know I sound angry, maybe I am but Not at you or God but, just knowing that you are not here anymore. I'm going to miss you Linzi, I'm missing you now Linzi, my bones hurt and my skin pricks with pain. God I know you will take care of her, I know we done our best, now I'm depending on you Lord. Love you my Lil Lin may the joy of the Lord fill your presence now!!!!. You know who I am

  4. I couldn't believe the news when I heard you had passed away. All I can do is think about all of my childhood memories of you and I. Every childhood memory I have is w/you. I will always keep those memories close in my heart and never forget them. You are such a wonderful caring free spiritied person w/the biggest heart. Sorry your time on earth was taken so early but I guess God needed you more. I'm sure your dancing, laughing and living a wonderful life in Heaven w/no pain or suffering. I'm so very deeply sorry for your loss Eva Charlie. I know your hearts are filled w/so much pain and emptiness right now. God will give you strength to overcome this tragic loss your having to deal with. Linzi will always live on forever in our hearts and she will always be w/you. I Love You Linzi Dawn and you will never be forgotten. Until we meet again…

  5. I remember Linzi as a child. So sorry for your loss Eva and fly. No greater loss then that of a child. May G od give u comfort. My church and friends will be praying for u and ur family. May Linzi rest in peace.

  6. I truly wish I could've spent more time getting to know Linzi. The little time I spent will be more valuable with every moment that passes. I know she cares about her brother more than anyone in the world. I could never give him what she did but I will certainly try my very best. Every ounce of my heart goes out to yall and time will heal all wounds. There is no doubt she is with our Lord with the woman she loved so dearly, healthier and happier than ever! She is not alone. She will never ever be forgotten!

  7. I work at the same walmart as Linzi. She was a very sweet girl. I am praying that God will wrap a blanket of comfort peace around her family and loved ones at this time.

  8. I've never met anyone else in this world who was as amazing as Linzi. She has made me laugh until I've cried and it's those happy moments that are keeping me grounded right now. I loved Linzi like family and my prayers go out to her family and everyone back home. Watch over all of us, Linz, and keep making us smile–we need you.

  9. It's hard to put into words what a truly remarkable woman Linzi was. She always embraced life and had a contagious smile and laugh. Linzi was one of the strongest people I knew and she loved her family and friends deeply. I'm a much better person just for having known her. May God's love bring comfort and peace to Linzi's family.

  10. Linzi Girl, Not sure how to say goodbye to woman I've known since elementary school. I'm going to miss your random posts to my page of songs that reminded you of way back when. when we were just little girls. Time drifted all of us apart or at least some of us but it is special people like you Linzi who brings them back together. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful and loving girl along the way. Your smile was bright and your heart was big. I'm going to miss you friend. **We only part to meet again** ~John Gay

  11. Linzi Girl, Not sure how to say goodbye to woman I've known since elementary school. I'm going to miss your random posts to my page of songs that reminded you of way back when. when we were just little girls. Time drifted all of us apart or at least some of us but it is special people like you Linzi who brings them back together. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful and loving girl along the way. Your smile was bright and your heart was big. I'm going to miss you friend. **We only part to meet again** ~John Gay

  12. Linzi was a great friend of our family. She came to all the parties we gave for our granddaughters and all of thier children. Our lost is heavens gain. I will see her there.

  13. Linzi was a great friend. The only memories i have of her are memories of laughing, smiling, and joking around at bell city high. She was truly a good person and will be missed. My prayers go out to all friends and family in these trying times. May God bless you all.

  14. Linzi, We will forever always carry you in our hearts. You were the sweetest women anyone could have been. We looked at you as Little Lin, and you will alway be liitle Lin to us. Tell Old Maw Paw we love them and cannot wait till our Family Reunion. Gone but never forgotten. Love You Soooooo Much Uncle Dave Aunt Connie

  15. Linzi,You will be greatly missed and will never be forgotten. The fun and laughter that we shared will live in my heart forever. You brought joy and happiness to every life that you have came across.Gabby will always be blessed to know she has a god mother that has touched so many lives as you did Linzi. Linzi I love you and you will live on in every heart you ever touched. My heart goes out to the family y'all blessed so many people with a daughter that loved unconditionally.

  16. Linzi,you will be greatly missed but never will you be forgotten. I will cherish all the memories of you dancing and having a great time. I love you, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be one of your many friends. Love always Amber Michael Higginbotham

  17. Me and linzi always joked around and said we would have a bakery called sweet treats and once the bakery was closed it turned into a club lol she was freakin hilarious! Linzi is an amazing, fun spirited beautiful woman. Her presence filled the room with joy and if someone was having a bad day she most definitely brightened their day up. She smiled through any pain, love her family more than anything, most of all she loved her life and didn't care what people said. She was so confident and was a friend to everyone. She will be missed dearly but now she's no longer hurting an will always be watching over each and everyone of us. The ones in heaven are lucky to be grace with her presence! I love you Linzi Dawn Koonce!! 3

  18. Mr.Charles and Mrs.EvaI am so sorry for your loss. I met Linzi while working at the casino and since then on we became great friends. She was one of a kind, I know I will not ever find a friend like her ever again. She was always fun to be around, when we got together we did some of the craziest things together, one of them was when we went ghost hunting. OMG we had so much fun that night. Again she was a great friend and I will sorely miss her, but I know she's in a better place and I know she's not suffering anymore. May she rest in peace. Again I am truely sorry for your loss and I know that Linzi has found peace. May God Bless You Guys

  19. My condolences goes out to your family in this time of horror. I just want yall to know that yall raised a wonderful daughter. I so glad I got to meet Linzi and become real good friends I will miss her eternally. I will miss all the good times we had. I will miss her on facebook and her text msg. I just wish I had the chance to say goodbye. I love you Koonce you were a great friend to me. Love Drella

  20. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of sadness. I can remember the very first time I met all of you. What a change from then til now. My heart hurts for all of you. I will pray that God keeps you all wrapped up in his arms and gives you comfort.

  21. so sorry to hear that you are gone. i wish we would have had to opportunity to meet and get to know each other. i know maw maw jane and uncle paul were there to meet you. my deepest sympathies to aunt palute and the rest of the newman family.

  22. Some of my favorite memories of Linzi involve some of the crazy fun we had in our English classes. She had a zest for life and made everyone around her smile. She will be missed.

  23. Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. ~Flavia Weedn, There are no words for what has happened. This quote says what I couldn't. Linzi, you were and still are loved by so many. Until we meet again…Missing someone gets easier every day because even though it's one day further from the last time you saw each other, it's one day closer to the next time you will. ~Author Unknown

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