Linda Mary Steward (7 Jul 1951 - 8 Feb 2021)

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Location
West Suffolk Crematorium, Abbey Chapel Risby Bury St Edmunds IP28 6RR
Date
3rd Mar 2021
Time
11.30am
Funeral Director
Andrew Bingham Independent Funeral Services

In loving memory of Linda Mary Steward (nee Sadler) who sadly passed away on 8th February 2021, aged 69 years.

Born in July, 1951, as the youngest of four children, Linda attended Westbourne Secondary Modern in Ipswich. She became a shorthand typist after leaving school aged 15.

She met John, in 1969 at Cliff Quay Power Station in Ipswich where they both worked. They married in 1973, had two children - Paul (born June 1978) and Michael (Born October 1980) - and would go on to spend 47-and-a-half extremely happy years together.

Linda was a keen Ipswich Town fan, even before she met John, going regularly with her aunt Maudy to see the Blues in the Bill McGarry era.

Running was a passion of Linda's and she and John were both heavily involved in the Stowmarket Striders Running Club. She completed the London Marathon in 1990 and took part in many road races across the county during the years.

Linda worked at the ICI Paints factory in Stowmarket, and on the tills at Tesco in the town. She latterly became a full-time nanny to friend Kirsty's two children - Leah and Jacob.

She was a devoted nanny to four grandchildren - Alice, Thomas, Elizabeth and Heather - and loved spending time with family and friends.

Linda was diagnosed with a brain tumour in June 2020 and died on Monday, February 8 at St Elizabeth Hospice in Ipswich.

She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

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Nicola Tanner donated £30 in memory of Linda

Auntie Linda was such a fun, jolly lady who radiated cheer to everyone around her.

With love
Nicola xx

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Debbie Thomson donated £30 in memory of Linda

So many happy memories of Linda that we will cherish always. We will miss your laughter, happiness & the kind, loving person you have always been. With all our love from
Debbie & Jim xxxx

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Debbie Gedge donated £30 in memory of Linda
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Angela Tregear donated £50 in memory of Linda

I have many fond memories of my very dear Auntie Linda - she was a truly wonderful, warm, caring person and would always liven up family parties with her entertaining anecdotes and laughter.
Lots of love,
Angela xxx

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Sophie Taylor donated £10 in memory of Linda
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Annalyse Marcelle donated £20 in memory of Linda

Thank you for being such a wonderful Auntie to my best friend Benedict xx

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Megan Thomson donated £30 in memory of Linda

Auntie Linda, you were truly one of a kind and definitely the happiest person I knew. The stories and memories I have of you will always make me laugh and smile. I’m so glad I asked you to be my Godmother, you were the best!

Rest peacefully Auntie Linda!

All my love, always and forever,
Megan xx

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Chris Brook donated £500 in memory of Linda

We were so sorry to hear of the sad news. Our sincere condolences to all of the Steward family and relations.

Linda was an amazing lady, had an infectious smile and laugh. Always positive and brought lots of joy.

Sending our kindest regards to you all.
The Brook Family xx

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Benedict Sadler donated £20 in memory of Linda

Auntie Linda is responsible for some of my happiest childhood memories. As a child, I was always fascinated and engrossed whenever I’d hear Auntie talk. Her infectious joy and effervescent personality made her the best story teller I know. It didn’t matter what she was saying, she would somehow make it interesting with the way she said it.

One of my earliest childhood memories is playing Monopoly with her when she babysat my older brother and I. I remember her making the two of us roar with laughter. She made everything exciting, everything joyous. To this day, whenever my brother and I play Monopoly or any board game for that matter, we mention the time we played Monopoly with Auntie Linda and how fun it was.

When I got slightly older, my Dad ended up moving to the same road as her for about a year or so. It was at this point our bond grew even stronger. I would go round her house everyday back then, she’d take me into Town, cook us all roast dinners and give us way too many sweets. Her generosity and kindness was something we adored and is something I will never forget. She was an excellent role model. She taught me never to take life too seriously and to always have time for people. Auntie Linda had time for everybody. When we’d go into town together, she was like a mini celebrity. Everybody knew her and everybody wanted to talk to her.

Her loss is felt by everybody and we will always miss you Auntie Linda.

Love Ben. X

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Jamie Garbutt donated £20 in memory of Linda

Maz....you will never be forgotten.

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Joe Sadler donated £30 in memory of Linda

Rest in peace my wonderful Auntie Linda.
My brother and I will be forever grateful for all the memories we shared with you when we were younger.

At such a hard time for us both in our lives, you managed to cheer us all up as well as looking after us in the process.

I will never forget the Sunday roast dinners round your house and constantly laughing at your stories, which I will always cherish and remember.

In my most recent times, it was such an honour to be able to go play Table Tennis with you and Uncle John and I’ll always be thankful for you inviting me and the many happy memories we spent together chatting away whilst both forgetting what the score was.

Thank you for everything Auntie Linda, I’ll take your smile and laughter wherever I go in life.

Rest in peace. Love Joe x

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Carolyn Spruce donated £50 in memory of Linda

A lovely funny lady that will be sadly missed

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Gill Matthews donated £50 in memory of Linda

Will always be in my thoughts

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Lynne Walkden donated £30 in memory of Linda

Rest peacefully Auntie Linda. We are blessed that you were part of our lives.
With love always. Lynne, Tony, Lucas and Lleyton xx

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Lisa Brooks donated £50 in memory of Linda

Linda made the world a better place and we are blessed to have known her

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Karen Abbott donated £50 in memory of Linda

Remembering a very special lady.

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Christine Heap donated £50 in memory of Linda

In loving memory of a wonderful lady. We will all miss that smile.

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Carly Cantwell donated £30 in memory of Linda

We will always love you so much Carly Grace Harry Matilda Xxx

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Kirsty Denwood donated £20 in memory of Linda
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Linda was my Mary Poppins

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Kirsty Denwood wrote

I really don’t know how I would have survived being a working mum without Linda. It all started with a conversation in the changing rooms at the leisure centre after running club one evening. I said I was thinking of having a child but was worried about who would take care of it when I returned to work. Linda’s response was “oh just give it to me and I will love it like it’s my own”. And that is what she did. Both Linda and John have been like grandparents to Leah and Jacob and ensured that they grew up with that extra special attention and love that only grandparents can bring.

I could probably write a book on the memories and the important part she played in our lives. Everything from doing all the messy stuff with the kids, teaching them to bake, dealing with bee stings, cuts, bruises and bashes. That along with trips to A&E and sitting through all of their school plays. The list is endless.

I will always cherish our memories and if I had to use one word for Linda it would be laughter. I will always be able to hear her laughter. She was and will always be my very own Mary Poppins.

Rest in peace Linda.
All our love Kirsty, Leah and Jacob xxx

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  • Such a beautiful tribute

    Posted by Carolyn on 24/02/2021 Report abuse
  • Thank You for such kind words Kirsty. My Auntie Linda shines on forever in our hearts, and to know that her warmth and sense of fun extended to Leah and Jacob too is truly heartwarming. Rob Sadler. Godson and Nephew.

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Jill Smith donated £20 in memory of Linda

from Ringshall table tennis club where Linda was a much loved member

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Heidi Bingham donated £20 in memory of Linda
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Heidi Bingham wrote

I met Linda when I joined Stowmarket Striders in 1998. I have great memories accompanying her and other striders on the coach to the London Marathon for the first time. She took my sister and I under her wing and showed us the ropes. We would get off the coach near tower bridge about two and a half hours before anything happened but Linda made sure we found toilets, a resonably priced cup of tea and the best vantage point to watch fellow striders. Once we had seen all our runners come over Tower Bridge she led us to the embankment ready to encourage people at the 24 mile mark. Linda would come armed with several bags of jelly babies which we handed out to people most in need; she managed to make even the most desperate looking runner smile with her happy and kind words of encouragement. This day was to be repeated for many more years to come.

My children were lucky enough to have Linda babysit on several occasions; my son now 18, fondly remembers watching 'ice road truckers' with Linda, a programme he introduced to her. This would always be mentioned with a smile whenever they bumped into each other along with 'haven't you got tall!!'

Linda was one of the most down to earth, loving and genuine people you could wish to meet, she will be missed so much, by so many.

Rest in peace Linda
Love Heidi, Andrew, Oliver and Poppy x

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