Linda Lou Cobb, loving wife and mother, engineer, musician, and self-taught gourmet chef, passed away September 6 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, at the age of 66.
Linda was born April 9, 1954, in Auburn, Indiana, to Gene and Miriam Wilson.
A woman of many talents, Linda always put her family first. She supported her two young sons as a professional pianist and organist for churches, often serving as director of music, while also working to put herself through school. A fashionista, Linda designed and sewed clothing and sold Mary Kay, while helping other women launch successful careers. Linda then earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Quality Control, and Drafting from Purdue University - Fort Wayne, and a Master of Business Administration from Strayer University.
Linda worked as a Growth/Quality Engineer at Freudenberg NOK, a Senior Quality Engineer at Adient, a Quality Systems Engineer at Johnson Controls Inc., a Customer Care Resident Engineer at Lear-Kyungshin Corporation, a Senior Quality Engineer at Continental Teves, an Advanced Quality Planning Specialist at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, a Quality Assurance Engineer at Nishikawa Standard Company, and a Production Engineer and Design Engineer at GE/Martin Marietta Aircraft Controls. She was an expert in ISO Standards and quality and environmental management systems, creating benchmark standards that auditors subsequently expected others to follow. The automotive engineering industry enabled Linda to travel to many states and work abroad in Japan.
She strived for perfection in all she did and held others to the same high standards in an effort to help them reach their full potential. A self-motivated, innovative thinker, Linda stretched her abilities and expanded her knowledge not only in her vocation but also her avocations.
Linda had a zest for life and enjoyed touring wineries, participating in wine tastings, and preparing elaborate meals for friends and family.
Linda is survived by her devoted husband, Jim Wirshing, son Jason Cobb (Alyssa), step-daughters Crystal Cobb and Nicole Walters (Kevin), step-son Nicolas Wirshing (Andrea), mother Miriam Wilson, sisters Norma Lemmon (Steve) and Joyce Gengnagel (Don), brother Edwin Wilson (Sherry), 11 grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her son Shawn Cobb and father Gene Wilson.
Linda worshipped the Lord with her husband at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Murfreesboro.
A memorial service will take place at Auburn Church of Christ in Auburn, Indiana, on September 26. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Memorial gifts to honor Linda may be given to the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church’s Memorial Fund, 116 North Academy St., Murfreesboro, TN, 37130.