Linda

September 27, 1944 ~ August 16, 2021

Born in: Columbus , Mississippi
Resided in: Greece , New York

Linda Carol Jackson Evans, 1944 -2021

 

Linda was born during WWII in Columbus, Mississippi, to Lt. William Adelbert Jackson and Bernadine Marie Roach Jackson. Survived by her beloved best friend and husband of 55 years, Richard Kingsley Evans. She will be deeply missed by her children, Laura Kathryn Evans Szoczei (Miklos), William Richard Evans (Katarina); her four dear grandchildren, Jessica Lin Colmerauer, William Richard Colmerauer, Elena Margita Evans, and Juliana Linda Evans; her little sister, Cheryl Ann Jackson Poules (Jay), several cousins, nieces, nephews, and special friends.

Besides the love and pride for her treasured family, teaching children was her most significant life accomplishment. She began as a Head Start teacher for Seneca Indian children and then a tutor for special needs children through BOCES #2. She continued as a substitute teacher in Gowanda, Webster, Spencerport, and Greece. For the next 30 years, Linda shined as a classroom teacher in kindergarten and grades one, three, four, and five at Kirk Road and West Ridge Schools in Greece, NY. She missed her “daily dose” of youthful smiles every day of her retirement.

As a lifelong admirer of nature’s beauty, power, and tranquility, Linda has been a lifelong caretaker of wildlife and a committed environmentalist. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters’ environmental committee and the only woman and Democrat on the Town of Greece Environmental Board for 17 years. For decades, she supported the Sierra Club, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and Greenpeace through volunteerism.

Always seeking to make a positive difference in her community, serving others was a central part of who Linda was. As a busy young mother working full time and attending graduate school, Linda volunteered as a medic with the Spencerport Volunteer Ambulance Corps. She took much pleasure through her volunteer activities with the Town of Greece Historical Society, the Rochester Museum and Science Center docent program, and the RMSC Women’s Council. She spent countless hours as a volunteer caregiver at Greece’s Journey Home Hospice and was well-known to her family and friends for the dedicated yet gentle comfort she provided during troubled times.

Music provided added joy to Linda’s life, and she played the flute in several local groups, including the Greece Community Orchestra, Greece Concert Band, Irondequoit Town Band, Hilton Gazebo Band, she sang alto with the Rochester Oratorio Society.

Linda’s family hopes her legacy of giving lives on in those touched by her loving character and through the precious lessons she shared with everyone who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, you’re invited to make donations in Linda’s name to Rochester’s Golisano Children’s Hospital or the Rochester chapter of the Sierra Club.

The family will celebrate Linda on September 25 at a casual gathering of love and laughter. All are welcome to join in celebrating her at 75 Mill Road, Greece, NY (Rochester), 14626 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Bring your memories.

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  1. Farewell my friend. You have been such an inspiration to my life through music, movies, poetry, travel, teaching and many more.
    Lots of love
    Caroline.

  2. We will miss you dear friend. You gave so much to our community and wonderful kindness to everyone. Your legacy is forever a bright light in our hearts. So fortunate to have shared in your life. We are all better people because of your giving spirit.

    Jeff and Carol Wynn

  3. Condolences to her family as Linda crosses the rainbow bridge into the next life. Cast the pain and sorrow to the wayside as now she is at peace. Blessings to all!

  4. Linda touched so many lives and the Greece area has lost a guiding light.
    Her students numbered in the thousands and are part of her remaining legacy. May she rest in peace knowing that Greece is a better place due to her being here.

  5. Farewell my dear friend. There is consolation in knowing that your spirit lives on in those that you touched and and loved on this earth in a very special way. You will be missed by us all and we will pray for your kind gentle soul.

  6. Linda was a true inspiration to so many people and in so many ways it’s hard to know where to begin. She was a wonderful friend and teacher of many things and in many different ways. I’m remembering her teaching next to me at Kirk Road and the laughs we had. Loved the no walls! I feel so happy she was a large part of my life. I will miss her. 💔

  7. My deepest sympathy to Linda’s family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Jean Burlingame
    Past National President
    Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

  8. I feel so fortunate to have been a friend with Linda. The joy, love, and enthusiasm she shared lightened the load for many of her fellow teachers. She will be missed but knowing that she’s feeling no pain adds a small bit of comfort. My prayers are for her and for her family.

  9. Sending prayers and loving thoughts to Linda’s family and friends… I worked with her at West Ridge School where she always put children first. She often had such wise, insightful comments to share. She will be missed but not forgotten.

  10. I was so saddened too hear of Linda’s passing. Linda was one of my first friends in Rochester. We were neighbors at the
    Arborwood apartments. I was new to town. Her friendship was so important to my adjustment to this area. I will always remember her.
    With my sincere sympathy,
    Eileen Fernandez

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