TROY - Lynda E. Whitaker, 45, of Troy, died Saturday, Nov. 17, after a brief period of failing health. She died peacefully in her home in the loving care of her companion and her children.
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Lynda was born in Fitchburg, Mass., on July 3, 1967, daughter of the late Newell Whitaker and Nancy (Kenney) Stratton. Lynda was employed for the past 13 years at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, where she was well loved and respected by so many.
Lynda loved the outdoors. She enjoyed kayaking and hiking in the Monadnock region with her companion and children. She really enjoyed night hiking to view the stars. Lynda was very passionate about gardening. Camping trips, yard sales, trips to Old Orchard Beach, a trip to Rome with her mom, and family gatherings were all very special.
Lynda's biggest love was time spent with her grandchildren and family. She was a very caring, loving and generous person who was always there to help anyone. Lynda always had a smile on her face, a beautiful person who touched the hearts of all she met.
She is survived by her loving companion, Reginald Barden; her parents, Fred and Nancy Stratton of Jaffrey; her daughter, Jennifer, and her husband, Patrick Mire, of Billings, Mo.; her two sons, Matthew Pelkey of Troy and Joseph Bailey of Concord; three grandchildren, Blake Mire, Drake Mire and Killian Bailey; her five brothers, George and his wife, Sandy Wattendorf, of Northwood; Mark Wattendorf and his partner, Maureen, of Raeford, N.C., James and his wife, Cynthia Brady, of Moreno Valley, Calif., John Wattendorf of Hyannis, Mass., and Newell and his wife, Stacy Whitaker, of Peterborough; and her sister, Mary, and her husband, John Blake, of Fitzwilliam; an aunt, an uncle, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.
Family and friends will honor and remember Lynda's life by gathering for calling hours at the Cournoyer Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 33 River St. (Route 202) in Jaffrey on Friday, Nov. 23, from 4 to 6 p.m.
Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family in Mountain View Cemetery in Troy.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations for other patient care needs in the Monadnock region to Hospice at HCS, P.O. Box 496, Peterborough 03458.
To share memories or send condolences to Lynda's friends and family, visit www.cournoyerfh.com.
Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center
33 River Street
Jaffrey, NH 03452-0486
Published in The Monadnock Ledger-Transcript from Nov. 20 to Nov. 22, 2012