Manchester, Michigan

Was born August 10, 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, lost her courageous battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) on April 20, 2019 at her farm in Manchester in the arms of her loving wife and caretaker, Sue Galik, surrounded by her animals, to which she dedicated her life.

In addition to her wife, Linda is survived by her brother Dennis (Donna) Spears and her mother, Shirley Dalton, her stepdaughter Kai (Lindsay) Walser and stepson Jonathan Galik (Jason Rich, fiance) and several nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kenny Dalton and her father, Bob Dalton.


Linda was affectionately known to some as Alpha Bitch. Others referred to her as the Manchester Great Dane lady. She proudly bred and showed her Great Danes for over thirty years. She was a “human encyclopedia ” for dog owners and was eager and willing to share her accumulated knowledge with everyone. She helped found the Great Dane Rescue, worked as a dog trainer and fostered many that needed homes. Many of Linda’s four-legged fur babies were waiting for her on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge.

In addition to dogs, she spent several years working at horse farms before she began working at Ford Motor Company. She loved quarter horses and is survived by two of her “babies”, Jay Jay and Gracie.

Linda began working for the Ford Motor Company in 1977. She was very proud to have completed her welding classes at Washtenaw Community College, becoming one of the few women Skilled Trades welders at Ford. A horse-related shoulder injury, and multiple surgeries, forced Linda into an early retirement.

Linda had a contagious smile and an even more infectious laugh. She would do anything to help anyone: anywhere, anytime. She was a no-nonsense type woman who had an opinion about most things and wasn’t afraid to share it.

A Celebration of Linda’s Life will take place at the farm that she loved so dearly on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at 4:00pm. Please bring a lawn chair and your favorite “Linda Story” to share.