On Saturday, May 2, 2020, Linda Darleen Stouffer, loving mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 75 at the Crystal Coast Hospice House in Newport, North Carolina.
Linda was born on March 30, 1945 at Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland to Cleggett Elwood Lecrone and Gladys May (Bowers) Lecrone. Linda was a 1963 graduate of South Hagerstown High School. After graduating, Linda stayed in the Hagerstown area working for Household Finance for 20 years, Kidde Credit for 10 years and Valley Credit. Her last job was with Checkmate in Frederick. Linda was married to the deceased Joseph Keefer Stouffer and raised one son, Joseph (Jody) Elwood Stouffer.
Linda had a passion for gardening, flowers and landscaping, spending hours every day in her yard “playing in the dirt” in both Greenberry Hills in Hagerstown and later in Keedysville, Maryland. She was also a devote Christian staying very active in church as a longtime member of John Wesley United Methodist Church in Hagerstown where she enjoyed singing and participating in the choir.
After retiring at the age of 62, Linda moved to Sanford, North Carolina to be closer to her son, Jody Stouffer, his wife Melissa Ann (Moore) Stouffer and their daughter Savannah Lynn Stouffer. Linda continued to follow her love of working in the yard and joined St. Luke’s United Methodist Church while also becoming a member of the choir. Linda gave back to her community by volunteering at St. Luke’s and at the Christian United Outreach Center. In 2018 she made one final move, following her son and his family to Newport, North Carolina, fulfilling a lifelong dream to live at the beach where she attended St. Peter’s United Methodist Church.
Linda was preceded in death by her father, Elwood and mother, Gladys. She is survived by her son, Jody, daughter in law, Melissa and granddaughter Savannah.
A private graveside funeral service will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 1pm at Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown, Maryland. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for monetary donations that will be used to establish a scholarship at South Hagerstown High School in Linda Stouffer’s name. Please send any monetary donations to South Hagerstown High School, 1101 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740. In the memo line please add Linda Stouffer Memorial Scholarship.