Linda Marie Carsten, age 69, of Bentonville died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice located in Springdale. She was born July 20, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas the daughter of Regina Marie Lanzrath and Delbert Peter Leivian. Linda graduated from Madonna High School in Wichita in 1967 and graduated Cum Laude from Wichita State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She was a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University from 1980-1982 and earned a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science. She enjoyed spending time with family, hiking the trails in Northwest Arkansas, Razorback Basketball and traveling. She was a pioneer woman in technology. Linda helped develop the first national truck tracking program for U-Haul. She worked for Wal-Mart under Randy Mott and Bobby Martin and was on the team that developed the original version of Retail Link. She was one of Wal-Mart's initial Teradata administrators and became a Master Certified Teradata professional. She spent the latter part of her career consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Discover Card, 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dell, Southwest Airlines, and BNSF ushering in the era of big data and cloud computing. She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Leivian of Wichita, KS. Linda is survived by: her mother, Regina Leivian of Wichita, KS, her son; Lee Carsten and his wife Amy, of San Antonio, Texas, her daughter; Cynthia Gregory and her husband Chris, of Sharpsburg, Georgia. She was the eldest of 10 siblings; Greg Leivian, Pat Leivian, Marilyn Leivian, Kenny Leivian, Barbara Long, Mark Leivian, David Leivian, Kevin Leivian, and Christine Barr, and had five grandchildren, Noah, Beau, Hunter, Lily and Conner. There will be a celebration of life on August 3rd from 1:00-3:00 at Compton Gardens in Bentonville. Memorial donations in memory of Linda may be made to the Alzheimer's Association here: http://act.alz.org/goto/lindacarsten. Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. Condolences: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.
Published July 7, 2019