ITHACA - Linda Ford-Onan, age 61, a former housekeeper at Cornell University, went to be with Our Lord Saturday afternoon, October 8, 2005, at Hospicare in Ithaca. Mrs. Ford-Onan was born November 29, 1943 in Syracuse, a daughter of Margaret L. Rochen Keyser of Liverpool and the late Frank Ford.

Mrs. Ford-Onan will always be remembered for her kind and caring spirit that she shared with everyone. This generous spirit sponsored numerous less fortunate children around the world in various charitable missionaries. She was also a published poet. Before her employment with Cornell, she was a nurse's aid at Lakeside Nursing Home in Ithaca.

In addition to her mother, survivors include her daughter, Jodi (Richard) Onan of Ithaca; three sons, MSgt. Gerald L. (Benigna) Minster, Jr. in U.S. Air Force stationed in Okinawa, Japan, John A. Minster of Newfield and James D. (Theresa) Minster of Ithaca; a brother, Marshall (Terry) Thomas of Palestine, Ark.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Harold L. Onan, who died November 18, 2004; two grandsons, Zackary and James Minster.

Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 12 Noon at the Herson Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Jean Melton officiating. Burial will follow in Frear Memorial Park, Ithaca. To keep Linda's spirit of generosity perpetual, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Linda Ford-Onan to Hospicare.