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Linda A. Johnson, 74, currently of Derry, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her loving family at Parkland Medical Center on January 13, 2017 following a heart attack.
Linda was born in Marlborough, Mass. in 1942 and was the daughter of the late David and Lorraine (Lambert) Jessing.
Linda led a successful and accomplished life, receiving her nursing degree from Henry Haywood School of Nursing in Gardner, Mass. in 1964. She devoted her life to taking care of the ill, but found her passion in taking care of her “littlest patients,” in the Pediatric Oncology Department at the UMass Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts beginning in 1981 and continuing for over 20 years. During her tenure she achieved many important roles, as President of the UMass Nurses Union and Charge Nurse for the Pediatric Oncology Department. Linda had a passion for camping, baking, traveling,her church, all holidays, especially Christmas, her grandchildren and loved her family more than anything. Linda was also a devoted fan of the New England Patriots and professional football. Linda will be fondly remembered for her caring and affectionate personality that enriched the lives of all that she encountered.
Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She made her home in Brookfield, Mass. with her husband of 42 years, Harland “Roy” Johnson, who predeceased her in 2007. Shortly thereafter, she moved to Derry, N.H. to be closer to her family.
Linda is survived by one sister, Elizabeth Jessing of Derry, New Hampshire, and two brothers, David Jessing Jr. of Beverly Hills, Fla. and Thomas Jessing of Lake Havasu, Ariz. Also surviving her are two daughters, Debra Crete along with her Husband Timothy Crete of Rochester, Vt. and Laura Pimentel along with her husband John Pimentel of Lunenburg, Mass., as well as one son, Kenneth Johnson of Natick, Mass. She also is survived by two grandchildren, Crystal Thurston along with her husband, Brendon Thurston of Manchester, N.H. and Christopher Crete along with his wife, Jewelia Crete of Virginia Beach, Va.
A Catholic service will be held on Saturday January 28th at 10 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Church 26 Crystal Ave. Derry N.H. A formal burial service will follow at a later date. As those who knew Linda knew her love for all types of flowers, floral arrangements may be sent to St. Thomas Aquinas Church 26 Crystal Ave Derry, N.H. Condolences can be sent to 598 Flat Hill Rd. Lunenburg, MA 01462.
To view Linda's online memorial, leave a condolence message for the family, or for more information, visit www.csnh.com.
Published on  January 26, 2017
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