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Linda Mae (Crosby) MacKenzie, 70

Vassalboro - Linda Mae (Crosby) MacKenzie, 70, after a courageous ten year fight with ovarian cancer, Linda passed away peacefully on Friday, September 2, 2016 in her home with her family.

Linda was a beautiful, selfless woman with an infectious personality and a faithful, servant's heart, always caring and doing for others. She loved cooking, continuing to cook and serve at church suppers until she could no longer stand, tending to her many flower gardens, watching her birds, attending her favorite grandson Ethan's lacrosse games and going on adventures with her sister and daughter ("The Girls") to fulfill her "wish list". Most of all, she loved her family, her friends and her home.

She lived in Vassalboro her entire life and had strong ties to its history and community. She was born on July 28, 1946, the second of three daughters born to the late Albert and Louise (White) Crosby. She is predeceased by her older sister Arlene (Crosby) Heighton. Linda attended Carl B. Lord Grammar School and then graduated from Winslow High School in 1965. She married her childhood friend and high school sweetheart, Michael J. MacKenzie, on December 16, 1966. Together they had son Michael and daughter Michelle ("Mickey"). They would have celebrated their 50th anniversary this winter.

Linda worked at the Hathaway Shirt Company, cooked with her mother at the Carl B. Lord School, waitressed and landscaped but the job she loved best was that of a wife and mother. She was blessed to have lifelong friends and remained close to several of her classmates.

For those who knew her well, it will come as no surprise that she remained stubborn and sassy, she never gave up, she fought with tremendous strength, courage and grace, and even during her darkest hours, she had a grateful heart and sense of humor. She began and ended her journey HER way.

She leaves behind her devoted husband Mike; loving son Michael; loving daughter Michelle and her husband Jeffrey Furlong and their son Ethan; her sister Helen Lindberg, who was a constant source of love, laughter and support, and her husband Erek Lindberg; sister-in-law Susan MacKenzie; five nieces; one nephew; several great-nieces and nephews; as well as a large, fun extended family, especially her only living aunt, Barbara (White) Letourneau and her husband Norman and several cousins in both Maine and Connecticut.

Linda touched the lives of so many and made the world a kinder, more beautiful place. She will be dearly missed everyday but will be seen and felt in every flower, birdsong, sunrise, sunset and ocean breeze. She leaves us with countless memories and immeasurable gifts - teaching us all how to truly live and love.

Linda's family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude and affection to the compassionate staff at the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care and Maine General Hospice and to all family and friends who provided endless care, love and support.

There will be a celebration of Linda's life on Saturday October 1, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Olde Mill Place in North Vassalboro. Please visit www.redingtonfuneralhome.com to share condolences, memories and tributes with her family.

Instead of flowers and donations, "LET ALL THAT YOU DO BE DONE IN LOVE".
1 Corinthians 16:14