Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1961

Arlinda Carver Rushing ARLINDA BETH CARVER RUSHING, 75, of Abilene, TX, passed away on Aug. 31, 2018 in her home, with burial in Elmwood Memorial Park at Abilene. Lin, as she was lovingly known, was born in Ranger, TX to Arlie & Virginia Hall (RHS-1932) Carver on April 4, 1943. Lin traveled and attended various schools including Ranger High School in the Class of 1961 before graduating from Abilene High School (with classmate and future husband Larry Rushing). Arlinda attended & graduated from McMurry University shortly thereafter and soon began teaching. Although she loved teaching, the urge to enter the business world was stronger. Lin started her business "Lin's Sportswear" in 1970. Lin brought to Abilene style & the first ski wear store in the Big Country....and Lin sold effortlessly. As her business grew and her reputation for honesty and not sugarcoating the facts, Lin developed a customer base that can only be described as an extended family. In Jan. of 1973, Lin married Larry Rushing. That union began an amazing partnership that lead the couple to open multiple retail locations in the great city of Abilene which eventually culminated in the Lin's and Larry's Plaza on South 14th. Through her charisma and business savvy, Lin was quick to capture the attention and hearts of so many Abilenians. Lin's and Larry's was fast a household name and Lin herself became an icon in the community. Through her example and mentoring, Lin's daughter, Stacey, began her own successful retail business. Lin was active locally for many causes and eventually became the President of the Abilene Woman's Club twice. Lin delighted herself with her grandchildren, swimming often and eventually rescuing the love of her life, a poodle she so aptly named "Buddy". Lin was a member of the Ranger Exes Association. Lin was preceded in death by her father Arlie Carver, her mother Virginia Carver, and her brother Don Carver (RHS- 1957). Lin is survived by her husband Larry Rushing, her brother John Carver (RHS-1954), her daughter Stacey Staggs Magovern & husband Michael, her step-daughters Laura Rushing and LeAnn Ratliff, & her grandchildren: Bret Alexander Clinton, Rachel Lauren Ratliff, Kaden Patrick Ward and Ryan Thomas Ratliff.