Linda Bray

LINDA BRAY JAN. 31, 1953 - SEPT. 9, 2011 ST. ALBANS - One amazing person - one amazing life. To know Linda was to love her. I, her husband of 34 1/2 years, was the luckiest person of them all. We met in North Carolina and just seven weeks later were married. We said "I do" for: good times and bad times, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health. Little did we know that we would see all of these over the years. Linda had several major surgeries early on. Then 17 years ago, Linda had a bone marrow transplant for Leukemia. Special thanks to her brother, Leo, for being a perfect match and giving all of us those extra 17 years. She stared death straight in the eye and said "I am not going now". Linda also had two visits from her guardian angel. The first was to say that she would be fine and that she would be protected. The second visit said to get on with her life and enjoy it. Enjoy it she did. Everyone will tell you that. Linda had skin cancer three years ago and that did not faze her. This past fall she was struck with two heart attacks and then shingles. That did slow her down, but only for a short time. Her drive to do for others kept her going. It was a stroke that she could not beat. God bless you, Linda. You may have seen Linda around St. Albans. She was the short one at only 4 feet 7.5 inches, but in personality, she was the tallest person on the block. We live down by the lake and she walked Maquam Shore Road all the time and talked to all of the neighbors. We have a cottage on Butler Island and we loved it there. Just being together was all that we really needed. Linda's true passion was children. Linda ran a daycare from three of our homes as we moved to different states for my job. After the transplant, we moved back to St. Albans. Linda worked in the city school and then found her dream job at Georgia Elementary. Just the other night she told me how much she loved it and that this year was going to be her best year. Linda fully expected to retire from there. She had true love for all children. I had just told her not to ever stop the crusade to provide the best for them and she thanked me. Linda enjoyed nature, birds, and vacations. We will be lost without you. You did so much for all of us. The children will all miss you. Linda leaves behind me, J. Kevin, her husband, best friend, soul mate, and, yes, lover; our two incredible children, J. Rhyan and Mickinzee, and then two grandchildren; her father and stepmother; her sisters, brothers, their husbands and wives; her nieces, nephews, and on and on. Linda came from a large family and she loved them all. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels, 247 Lake Street in St. Albans on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at 4 p.m. Interment will be private. Online condolences may be sent to the family at the funeral home website: www.bradyandlevesque. com. Arrangements are entrusted to the Brady & Levesque Funeral Home and Commemorative Services. In lieu of flowers, tell your better half that you love them, hug your child, call a friend that you have not talked to in some time, send a card of support to someone in need, and take care of yourself. That is what Linda would want most. God bless you all.

Funeral Home

Brady & Levesque Funeral Home
86 South Main Street St. Albans, VT 05478
(802) 524-2928

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Sept. 13, 2011