Linda J. Stanley

October 18, 1943 ‒ December 22, 2017

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Linda J. Stanley, age 74, of Mount Vernon, Ohio, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at her home. She was born on October 18, 1943 in Macon, Georgia the daughter of Bertram Sturtevant DDS and Winnifred (Pearce) Sturtevant. Linda was a 1960 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Master’s Degree in Business from Ashland University.

Linda retired in 2008 after forty years of employment as a drug and alcohol counselor with the Freedom Center in Mount Vernon. She was an active and enthusiastic supporter of the Democratic Party and was a special contributor to many civil rights organizations and animal shelters. Linda was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed cross stitch and most recently working with stained glass windows. She was also a member of several embroidery clubs in Columbus.

Linda is survived by her mother Winnifred Pearce Sturtevant of Mount Vernon; a daughter, Dr. Brooke W. Stanley of Columbia, South Carolina; nieces and nephews, Bethany (Ed) Kupiec and her daughter Anistin Gibbs, Ben Gill and his son Dominic Gill. She is also survived by her cousin Pamela (Thomas) Geis.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband Edward Stanley; her father, Bertram Sturtevant DDS and her brother, Warren Pearce Sturtevant.

Friends may call on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home where a Celebration of Life service will begin at 6 p.m. The family will observe a private burial in Mound View Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Linda’s name may be made to the Knox County Humane Society or To Write Love On Her Arms.

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  • I am so sorry to learn about Linda’s passing. I have known her for many years. She and I loved cross stitch and we made a few trips to Columbus to our favorite cross stitch shop. I worked at our local Hallmark Store for many years and she was one of my favorite customers. Prayers for her family at this very difficult time. I will miss her so much.

  • Winifred,
    Saddened to hear of Linda’s passing . I am in Florida and unable to be at calling hours. Thoughts
    Perry C. Brokaw

  • I’m saddened to hear about Linda. I pray for strength, faith and comfort for family and friends.
    I Thessalonians 4:13
    Jean Lamb McKenzie

  • I knew Linda for many years as a counselor. She helped my former husband stay sober. She was a wonderful person and professional. She was so dedicated helping troubled souls fight their demons. She had a very fulfilling life doing what she loved. She will be missed by many. RIP my dear friend.

  • I worked with Linda for many years at the Freedom Center. Her compassion and counseling skills helped us make it through many difficult cases and losses in the battle with addiction. As a new counselor, she mentored and guided me. We all felt her support and friendship. She tried to teach me cross stitching, and I will think of her every time I look at the unfinished project she helped me start years ago. I loved her dry sense of humor and quick wit.

    Linda loved her mother and daughter. She shared every accomplishment and visit with pride and adoration. She was a good friend. I will miss her, but remember her fondly and often.

    I am sorry I will not be in town at the time of her life celebration. Condolences for all her friends and loved ones.

  • I met Linda a few years ago when I joined a local Bead Club of ladies who did many different crafts. Linda always brought her quick wit and humor to our gatherings. She was such a very intelligent lady who contributed much to our conversations. I enjoyed knowing her and will miss seeing her. My deepest sympathy to the family for your loss of a wonderful woman. Most sincerely, Lou Ann Wolford

  • I knew Linda for over fifty years and although we had major disagreements during this time, (both being very opinionated and obstinate), the love and history we shared overcame all obstacles to the love we had for each other from the moment we met until I learned of her tragic death…… James Agate the theatrical critic said of Vivien Leigh that she was half dab chick and half dragon fly and I could say the same of Linda, mercurial, magical and in youth as beautiful as Vivien Leigh. I was proud to be her friend and although I am on the other side of the world, will miss her greatly…..’ Now boast thee death, in thy possession lies a lass unparallel’d’
    Sleep well my lovely friend……

    Robert Marshall Florer
    United Kingdom

  • I was so surprised and sad to hear of Linda’s passing! She and I played the violin together in high school. That was in the late 50’s to 1961! She was always a character! Her Mother and my Mother, Juanita Bouton, competed in the Mrs. America contest soooooo many years ago. I’m so sorry for your loss. Linda will be missed by so many. She will be remembered with love.

  • Linda was a wonderful advocate, mentor and co-worker when I started working at New Directions. She didn’t mince words, which could make her appear harsh at first glance; but it didn’t take long to feel the heart of gold that radiated from within her. She could be matter-of-fact blunt, yet wrap someone in compassion at the same time. You never had to question her sincerity or integrity. She was a gift, and I was fortunate to have crossed her path.

  • Dear Brooke and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. She was a beautiful person and did so much for our community. Her wonderful family is a lasting legacy who continue to work for others. I am sorry to have missed the calling hours to personally express my condolences. I remember what a great cat sitter you were, Brooke; and I see where you got your love for animals. I remember how talented and caring you are. I hope the love of friends and family give you strength and peace during this difficult time. Mes sinceres sympathies, ton ancien prof de francais, Joyce Skocic

  • Dear Brooke and Family,
    I am so very sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I have very fond memories of her from our time in high school Brooke. She never seemed bothered that we spent so much time at your house – studying, watching movies, getting up to all manner of high school silliness. She made it feel very safe, fun, and warm. Never judgmental, always welcoming. Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss – it is heartbreaking.