Inspired: Lynda Minks Hood & Linda Moss Mines

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The word inspire is defined as the act of filling someone with the urge or ability to do something, and here in Chattanooga, we have no shortage of incredible women who motivate those around them day in and day out. Whether they intentionally set out to be a role model or random acts of kindness are simply in their DNA, these women are making the world a better place. Read on to learn more about the individuals who encourage others to be the best version of themselves told by those they inspired most.

Photography by Emily Long

 

Lynda Minks Hood and her inspiration Linda Moss Mines

inspired: Lynda Minks Hood  |  inspiration: Linda Moss Mines

 

“A strong woman understands that the gifts such as logic, decisiveness, and strength are just as feminine as intuition and emotional connection. She values and uses all of her gifts.”  – Nancy Rathburn

Anyone who knows Linda Moss Mines knows that she is a genuine, inspiring person. I have witnessed firsthand how she has inspired many students through her years of teaching, her volunteer work as the Hamilton County Historian, leading the Board Authority for Erlanger Health System, establishing the Medal of Honor Heritage Museum, numerous years supporting and now leading the Chief John Ross Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, plus much more – all while being a caretaker, standing beside her husband during a most difficult time in their lives.

For almost a year, she would live in Nashville to be with Tony while he was undergoing treatments for cancer. But she never lost faith, and she inspired everyone around her. Even with the diversion in her immediate path, she visibly demonstrated the faith, love, courage, and grace that accompanied her each day. She remained steadfast and faithful to her family and the work she embraces, all while staying positive. Linda deserves to be recognized, and I am honored to celebrate my friend.

 

“She visibly demonstrate(s) the faith, love, courage, and grace that accompanied her each day.”

 

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