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Linda Sarrett Thomas

September 11, 1937 — November 24, 2023

Daniel Island, SC

Linda Sarrett Thomas

 

Linda Sarrett Thomas, 86, of Daniel Island, South Carolina, died Friday, Nov. 24, 2023, following a brave battle with cancer.

A private Celebration of Linda's Life will be held Christmas week.

Linda was born on Sept. 11, 1937, in Corning, New York. She was a graduate of Painted Post High School and held an undergraduate degree in Education from SUNY Oswego and a Master's in Special Education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania. She taught for many years, first at Northside Grammar School and later at Corning East High School.

Linda married the love of her life, Robert Lincoln Thomas, on April 14,1962. He preceded her in death in 2015. 

Linda and Bob were blessed with 52 years of marriage - and three children: sons, Christopher Robert of Daniel Island and Griffith Lee of Winchester, Virginia; and a daughter, Leslie Thomas Luciew of Harrisburg, Pa., all of whom survive her.

Linda and Bob were active members of the First Presbyterian Church of Corning during their 35 years there. Linda began the church's tradition of holding an annual Christmas Day dinner for anyone who lacked family to spend the holiday with. It continues to this day.

In 1996, Linda and Bob retired to Mount Pleasant for the winter months, while spending summers in Chautauqua, New York, residing at the noted arts, philosophy and religious institution there. Their split residency continued until 2013, when they became full-time residents of Mount Pleasant. Linda moved to Daniel Island in 2022.

Linda was an accomplished artist and well known for her paintings, intricate needle work and all sorts of arts and crafts. She was always at work on multiple projects, which were her passion, along with being a voracious reader.

Linda's Maltese dog Luqa remained her constant and loving companion.

Linda was also a patron of the arts and artists, sitting for two portraits by the noted painter Mary Whyte.

Linda's memberships included the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle and the Circular Congregational Church, Charleston. At the latter, she and Bob began "The Thomas Group," a circle of church friends who thoughtfully explored, discussed questions of faith. The group continues to this day.

In addition to her three loving children, Linda is survived by daughter-in-law Amy Thomas of Winchester; son-in-law John C. Luciew of Harrisburg; grandchildren Zoe Thomas, Bronwyn Thomas and Gemma Thomas; sisters Patricia Sarrett of Austin, Texas, and Nancy Doud of Addison, New York, along with several nieces and nephews - and many friends in both New York and South Carolina.

Linda was quick to smile, laugh and make friends. She saw beauty in most everything and most everyone. She tried to capture it in her many arts and crafts projects, which now stand as her legacy, along with all the abundant love she so freely shared.

As Linda, herself, said as she faced her final cancer battle, "I had a great life."

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Thomas Fund, c/o Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 or The Heifer Fund, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, AR 72202 (www.heifer.org). A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/

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