Linda Billingsley Niedringhaus
Everyone knew me as Linda Billingsley in Decatur. I started in the Decatur schools at the old two-room Enterprise School on Rock Springs Road then transferred to Oakland School when the two-room school house became too crowded with post World War II babies! I met most of my MHS classmates at Woodrow Wilson Jr. Hgh. and then MacArthur.
After MacArthur I earned my nursing diploma at St. Luke’s Hospital in St. Louis, met and married Landon Niedringhaus, had my son, Tom, and worked as a staff nurse for 10 years. I earned a BSN, MSN, and PhD at St. Louis University and began a 40 year career in nursing education. A career I enjoyed.
We lived in the St. Louis area for 18 years in Richmond Heights, Manchester, and Chesterfield. In 1981 we moved to Decatur where a served as the dean of nursing at Millikin University for 13 years and Landon worked for the old Warren Van Pragg engineering firm. In 1997 we moved to the Chicago area where I served as director of several different nursing programs and Landon worked for the Illinois EPA.
Sadly, Landon died in 2017 just 2 days before our 51st wedding anniversary. I am retired and devote my energy to my grandson, Victor, who lives just 3 blocks away. Perhaps the best job I ever had was as an Air Force flight nurse in the reserves. The pictures show me in 1980 just before promotion to captain, and as I look today without my dark hair! Greetings to all my classmates!
Linda (Billingsley) Niedringhaus