She was born on July 2, 1945 in Clarksburg West Virginia to William W. and Mary A. (Shreves) Golden. Linda graduated from Roosevelt Wilson High School in 1963. She graduated from Fairmont State College in West Virginia where she was crowned their 1966-67 homecoming queen. She taught High School Phys. Ed and English at Tridelphia High School. She then went on to work for the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.