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Linda Jane (Johnson) Maxwell

March 1, 1939 ~ March 22, 2018 (age 79)

Linda Jane Maxwell (Johnson) died on March 22, 2018 in Bradenton, Florida.  Born on March 1, 1939, she was preceded in death by her parents, Merle Iasiah Johnson and Twila Vivian Johnson (Gilbert), and her brother, Charles Fredrick Johnson, of Carrollton, Texas. She is survived and grievously missed by her husband of 54 years, Lewis (Sam) Franklin Maxwell of Delaware, Ohio.  She also is survived by her brother Alan Douglas (Karen) Johnson of Amberly, Tennessee, her sister Judith Ann Peterson (Johnson) of Worthington, Ohio, and three generations of nieces and nephews, who fondly knew her as “fun Aunt Linda”.

     After graduating from the public schools in Delaware, Ohio, Linda attended The Ohio State University, where she pledged Alpha Chi Omega sorority.  She graduated from Salem College, West Virginia, with a B.A. in education.  Her working career included teaching, small store management, and the juvenile court system in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

     Linda was active in The League of Women Voters in New Jersey, and was a member of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club.  She had fun boating, and acted as the First Mate when sailing with her husband on their sloop, “Sam’s Song”.  Linda was an active member of a local bridge group, and was an original and enthusiastic long-time player on a women’s softball team. She also enjoyed playing tennis and golf. 

     Another of her great pleasures was watching movies, both old and new.  Although she liked going to the theater to see a new release with family or friends, she was well-known for staying awake late into the night watching old movies on tv. She also was fond of formal teas, and spent many hours scouting and visiting new tea houses and historic locations that hosted teas.

     An avid traveler, Linda loved to explore new locations.  She traveled through much of the United States, and enjoyed several international trips.  She also loved to cruise, and took great pleasure in meeting new people on her travels. An accomplished photographer, a particular joy for her was to document her travels through her colorful and artistic photos.

     While she had many interests and athletic talents, her most loved activity was being in the water and swimming.  This motivated her and Sam to take a second residence in Bradenton, Florida, where she could escape the cold of Ohio and enjoy the pool during the winter months. 

     Linda was a great fan of The Ohio State University Buckeyes, and was often found cheering “Go Bucks!”, while rooting for her favorite team. On Saturdays in the fall, people knew better than to call or disturb her when the Buckeye football team was on the field.

     A devoted friend too many, Linda was part of a circle of women who have been friends since childhood.  She was a great companion, and always brought a special sparkle of fun and good humor to any occasion.  Her creativity and wit were a particular gift to those who knew her.

          On Saturday, July 7th, visiting hours from noon to 2 p.m. will be held at the Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 West Main Street, Salem, West Virginia.  A celebration of life honoring Linda will follow.

     In lieu of flowers, contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to the Alpha-1 Foundation, 2937 West 27th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33133, to find a cure and to support people with Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.  Online condolences can be sent to www.greathousefuneralhomewv.com

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