Joelinda “Linda” Jean Harden, 68, of Harden Farm Rd, Frostburg, MD, died Tuesday, Dec 29, 2015 at her home in Frostburg.
Born on October 7, 1947 in Frostburg, MD, she was the daughter of the late Robert Junior Thomas and the late Alice Josephine Thomas, both of Frostburg. Also preceding her in death is daughter, Diane Renee Peterson, and a brother, Robert James Thomas.
She was a former student of Beall High School and received her GED. Linda attended Frostburg Seventh Day Adventist Church occasionally with her family and was a Christian by faith.
Linda’s employment history included switchboard operator at Sacred Heart Hospital, and sitting with and cleaning house for the elderly, Chiropractic Assistant, and Comfort Keepers.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years Fay Eugene Harden, two sons, Gene Harden and wife Roxie of Frostburg and Mike Harden of Cobb Island, MD, three grandsons, Christopher Mullan and wife Rachel of Smithfield NC, Brady Harden of Frostburg, and Logan Harden and fiancé Becca Hensell of Frostburg. Three granddaughters Heather Gonzalez and husband Julio of Winchester, VA, Kimberly Mullan of Meyersdale PA, and Nicole Peterson of Charles Town, WV, and five great grandchildren; Ava, Josh, Sydney, Alex and Abby. Also surviving are two brothers, Larry Thomas of Olathe, KS, David Thomas of Frostburg, and three sisters, Rita Gomer of Somerset PA, Angie Thomas of Annapolis, MD and Bobbie Phillip of LaVale.
Linda loved making Thanksgiving dinner and having a house full of family. She loved winter snows and Christmastime, decorating and baking. She loved making snow angels and snowmen; and then she enjoyed her quiet time doing jigsaw puzzles after the Christmas chaos had died down. In the summertime you could always count on her to be there with cookies for neighborhood kids as they played outside. Linda’s grandchildren and great grandchildren held a special place in her heart... as did her nieces and nephews. Milk Shake day was a tradition held in July where she would save for months on end and then splurge, buying enough ice cream and chocolate sauce to hand out milk shakes to all who showed, grandchildren coming from as far as North Carolina to take part in the festivities.
Linda’s love for dogs left a long line of beloved four-legged friends who preceded her in death. Maggie, Elizabeth, Lobo, and Molly. Surviving is Louie who will miss his mama dearly.
Linda lived her life with laughter, love and generosity. She will be greatly missed.
Paulbearers will be Brady Harden, Logan Harden, Christopher Mullan, Jackie Geary, Justin Geary, Jack Geary Sr., Wess Kroll, and Bob Drees.