It is with heavy hearts we the children, announce the passing of our mom Linda Joyce Brown (Slack) of Southampton, NS, formerly of Oxford Junction, NS on Sunday, September 5, 2021.
Born in Springhill, NS, Linda was the daughter of the late Arthur and Berdeana (Palmer) Slack. As far as Art and Berdie were concerned, the sun rose and set on Linda and her brother Ronnie.
Linda spoke fondly of her memories growing up in Oxford Junction in a loving home with supportive parents, and was happy to share memories of her extended family with Gramma and Grampa Palmer just living across the tracks. She had so many cousins for she and Ronnie to play/chum with over the years. Each summer they waited patiently for the cousins that lived away to come home for vacations. She also had dear friends from the Junction that lasted her a life time and for that we will be forever grateful.
In 1968 Linda married her husband of almost fifty years, Denton Brown. They shared a life together until his passing in 2018. Both Linda and Denton worked hard, but Linda, being a free spirit, made her work/life balanced non negotiable!
Linda liked nothing more than being out on the Dance Floor with her long time friend Wendy doing the "Jive". She enjoyed Karaoke, even having her own machine so she could practice at home.
Linda was quite competitive and enjoyed bowling, washer toss, Bingo, and going skating at the rink on Sunday Nights with her friend Carol. the saying "Chance made us neighbours, Hearts made us friends" was never more true. Linda and Carol shared many cups of tea over long conversations at the kitchen table. Linda had quite a sense of humour and an unforgettable laugh.
Linda's true pleasure and most likely therapeutic act was baking. She made the best homemade bread and doughnuts. We've all missed enjoying them, almost as much as she has missed making them, as she got older.
Linda had many jobs over the years. Starting with training as a hairdresser in Amherst. She never did finish her training, but she sure could give a beautiful perm, which she gave plenty of over the years to family and friends.
She scooped blueberries every summer. Linda worked at Stanfield's, Oxford Frozen Foods for many years, Gordon's Greenhouses, Seagull Pewter in Pugwash, but her favourite by far was with High Crest Nursing Home in Springhill as a Dietary Aid.
On Friday's, Linda would do the baking for the week, making cookies, squares, pies, you name it. She was proud of her job. She enjoyed the friendships she made there with the staff and the residents.
Besides her parents and husband, Linda was also predeceased by in laws Lemert and Melvina (Pugsley) Brown of South Brook.
Linda also lost her brother Ronnie suddenly when he was just 24. She never did get over losing her big brother.
Linda did everything she could to make sure her children had what they needed or wanted, often going without herself. She loved her family and was selfless.
Left to mourn Linda's passing are; daughter Marg (Tim Chapman); son Jamie (Amanda) Brown, her grandchildren that she was so proud of, Ashley (Brian) Longshaw, Avery LeBlanc (Adam Rideout), Kennedy (Jordan Legere), Brett (Grace Beaton), Jerry and Violet Brown; sister in law Helen Smiley (Ivan Hachey); brother in law Robert (Linda) Brown; sister in law Marjorie Slack; several cousins, two of whom she though of as her brother and sister, Herman Weirich and Winnie (Roger) MacCormack; several nieces and nephews; lifelong true blue friends Brenda Fillmore Morin, Wendy O'Brien and Carol Farrell.
Arrangements are under the care and guidance of the A H Brown Funeral Home, 5 McFarlane Street, Springhill, (920 597 2361). In keeping with Linda's request, there will be no funeral. A private family viewing will take place, followed by cremation. A private graveside service beside her husband in the family cemetery in South Brook will then take place.
We the family would like to thank ECL, for doing all they could to make Mom's last days as peaceful as possible; as well as Marilyn Tower for her companionship. Also, thanks to the staff on the Medical Floor of the CRHCC where Mom was a patient in July for their exceptional care given to her.
Donations in Linda's memory may be made to the East Cumberland Lodge, the Brown Cemetery in South Brook, or an Animal Charity of your choice.
Rest in peace Mom, no more suffering.
Sharing of memories and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Linda's online memorial at www.brownsfuneralhome.com.
You are my sunshine, my only
You make me happy, when skies are grey.
You'll never know dear how much I love you.
Please don't take my sunshine away.