Linda M. (Strong) Holman, beloved wife for over 53 years of Robert H. Holman slipped peacefully into the arms of Jesus surrounded by her husband and daughters on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. She endured a courageous bout with very aggressive primary bile duct cancer having only been diagnosed in September 2020.
Born in Westerly, RI on July 3, 1948, she was the daughter of the late Herbert D. Strong Jr and Bertha (Dow) Strong. She was an active member of Faith Bible Chapel in Westerly and a 1966 graduate of Chariho.
She lived a life of Christian service dedicating herself to serving her family, her church and the community. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother (Gigi). There wasn’t anything on earth she loved more than her family, most especially her grandchildren.
Among other things she was a foster parent of 32 children, sang in the church choir and Praise team, served on many church boards and committees, taught Sunday school and VBS, was a youth group leader, served as an EMT for both Ashaway and Westerly Ambulance Corps and as the Ashaway Fire District clerk. She often visited the elderly and sick that were either housebound or in nursing homes.
She was an avid biker, a seamstress and accomplished baker and cake decorator.
After her children were grown she worked as a home health CNA and more recently for Valley Heating and Cooling after which she retired and cleaned houses.
She will be sorely missed by her daughters, Karen (Rob) Gouvin of Bradford and Pamela Thomas of West Hartford, CT, She was the loving grandmother of Rebecca (Tim) Watrous, Erin, Rachel, Kaitlyn, Ryan, Connor, Emma, Jenna, Ellie and Sadie Gouvin and Sarah, Matthew, Michelle and Megan Thomas. She was Gigi to Eli, Levi and Ava Watrous. She also leaves behind her brother, David A. Strong of Bradford, 8 brothers and sisters-in law and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a nephew, and two brothers-in-law.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 6 at 2:00 at First Hopkinton Seventh Day Baptist Church, 8 Church Street, Ashaway. Burial will be private in River Bend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse or CareNet-RI.
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