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Linda C. Groves, 79, amazing cook who loved to entertain family and friends

HAMPSTEAD — Linda C. Groves, 79, died Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at North Chase Nursing and Rehab Center.

She was born Jan. 30, 1941, in Wilmington to the late Alton and Rosa Carpenter. Her brother, Alton B. “A.B.” Carpenter, preceded her in death.

Linda is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Tommy Groves of Hampstead; five children, Danny Beistel (Debbie), Shawn Beistel (Wendy), Michael Beistel (Rhonda), Cindy Groves McKinley (Randy) and Eric Groves (Kim); and seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. She is also survived by her close friend since childhood, Barbara Chastain.

Linda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Everyone knew of her love for Elvis Presley, especially her son, Danny, who had to listen to Elvis every Saturday when they cleaned the house. Linda was an amazing cook. Her son, Michael, will miss her special “squash fritters.” Eric loved how his mom would cook him collards and Christmas Eve dinners with family. Shawn remembers the classic “mom look.” The look given whenever her children were misbehaving and loud. Cindy remembers how Lindy helped her through her wedding and two pregnancies, she also could not have asked for better loving stepmom when she lost her real mother at a young age. Family meant the most to Linda, and her family always knew that her house was always open to them. This was not true for only family members. Linda’s home was a safe haven to many friends as well. She was quick to welcome anyone and friends would comment how much fun it was to visit Tommy and Linda, not to mention how good of a cook she was. She especially loved preparing holiday meals for her family. She made sure that everyone had a favorite dish at the table.

Linda was loved by everyone who knew her. She had a wonderful sense of humor. She loved a good court drama, mystery movies and singing and dancing shows. Her love and support for her children could only be rivaled by her love for her grandchildren. She loved to be with them and take them to fun places and shopping. Traveling with Tommy was one of her favorite things to do. They would visit friends or sit on their screen porch and watch the boats go by on the sound.

There will be a private graveside service in Sea Lawn Memorial Park officiated by the Rev. Dowd.

Share online condolences with the family at Andrews Mortuary & Crematory.

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