Linda Lou Crocker, 70, of Rindge, NH, passed away early Friday morning, September 29, 2017, at her home, surrounded by her loving family, after a period of failing health from a lifelong battle with Lupus. Linda’s fierce determination proved to be a worthy foe of the disease, as she beat back it’s ill effects for nearly 50 years.
She was born on June 5, 1947, in Ashburnham, MA, to William and Frances (Palmer) Godfrey. She grew up in Ashburnham and was a 1965 graduate of Oakmont High School in Westminster, MA. She went on to business school in Worcester, MA, before taking a job at Collier-Keyworth Co., in Gardner, MA.
Relocating to NH in 1975, she married her best friend, Kendall F. “Gus” Crocker, in a ceremony at the Cathedral of the Pines, on April 29, 1978. It marked the beginning of a steadfast relationship that flourished for nearly 40 years.
In 1978, she took her knack for numbers and joined the family business, State Line Truck Service. There was no doubt who was in charge of the office, as she seamlessly became the “Matriarch” of State Line Truck Service. Linda served as Treasurer for State Line right up until her decline in health, never missing a beat. She was so skilled, she served as Treasurer for “The Reef Resort” in Marathon, FL, her winter haven and escape.
Linda was relentlessly positive, a trait she undoubtedly inherited from her mother, Franny. Always live by the “Golden Rule!” she’d say. She was never far from water, be it at home on the beach in Wells, ME, or at home on the pontoon boat on Contoocook Lake in Rindge, or under the Tiki Hut at sunset with sweetheart Gus in the Keys. This might explain her passions for boating, fishing, catching lobster, and reading a good book on the deck. She had a soft spot for animals, especially her cats. One of her fondest memories was watching the polar bears from the tundra buggy in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. And of course, when she was at Disney, it was definitely “The Greatest Place on Earth!” A year was just not complete without a trip to Disney with family spanning many generations. An absolutely devoted and loyal Grandmother, Mother, Wife, and Friend to many. Linda’s spirit and resolve will be sorely missed. Her void can only be filled by the countless loving memories she has left us all.
She is survived by her husband: Kendall F. “Gus” Crocker of Rindge, NH; her children: Kelly Record and her husband Ronald of Rindge, NH, Brenda Adams and her husband Charles of Jaffrey, NH, Mary Spoon and her husband Pete Deiana also of Jaffrey and her son: Travis Crocker of Ashby, MA; her siblings: William Godfrey of MA, Sandra Richardson of MD, and Diane Oliva of MA; her grandchildren: Benjamin Coll and his wife Keri, Emily Stauffeneker and her husband Trevor, James Record, Peter Deiana, and Tyler Deiana; her great granddaughter Charlotte, as well as her future great grandson she was hoping to meet. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by siblings: Richard Godfrey and Robert Godfrey; and grandson: Stephen Record.
Funeral Services will be held at the Peoples Evangelical Congregational Church, 56 South Main Street, Ashburnham, MA 01430 on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at 10:30 AM. Burial will be held privately, in the family lot at the Glenwood Cemetery in Ashby, MA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made, in Linda L. Crocker’s name, to the Lupus Foundation of New England (www.lupusne.org/donate), 40 Speen Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01701-1898, or to Massachusetts General Hospital (http://www.massgeneral.org/about/giving.aspx).