ALBURGH -Linda Lee Hutchins Naylor, of Alburgh, VT, passed away very peacefully on March 8, 2023, at Northwestern with a few special family and friends by her side.
Linda was born July 28, 1946, to Harley Walter and Myra Irene (Taylor) Hutchins on Poor Farm Road in South Alburgh and lived in Alburgh her entire life.
Linda graduated from NCCS High School in Champlain, NY where she rocked the drums in the marching band and loved music her entire life; Linda could play many instruments. After High School Linda married Brent (Bud) Anthony Naylor on December 26, 1964, and was a homemaker until becoming a widow at 40 years of age. Linda never remarried and became both Mother and Father to only child Roxanne until taking her last breath. Linda was also in a band as an adult with husband, Bud along with Royce Dean, Louie Raiche and Herbie Jones. Linda sang and played organ at the Episcopal Church in Alburgh for years; she also worshiped with Melanie Pelkey and the Jehovah Witnesses in Swanton, VT for a few Easters before getting ill.
Linda worked with the Alburgh Fireman's Auxiliary in her early married years, enjoyed being a Lister with Alton Bruso and Emilan Aubin, got into Alburgh politics whenever possible, was on the School Board, a cake decorator, and after Bud's death started LHN Caters, which she ran very successfully for 20 (+/-) years. Linda belonged to a club of card players and looked forward to each and every time the group got together to play cards, eat and laugh.
Linda was a strong-willed individual and had a very dominant personality. These traits weren't always her friend but there was no situation, good or bad, that Linda couldn't take care of herself...and that's the way she wanted it. Heidi Gotshall, who was with Linda and Roxanne the afternoon Linda passed, said "heaven will be rocking tonight with Linda and Bubby up there debating all the current Town and World issues"...and the entire community knows both will certainly be enjoying themselves doing so!!!
Linda is survived by her only child, Roxanne Louise Naylor Creller. Roxanne's husband, Beau T. Creller, was just as close to Linda, as Roxanne was. Linda loved gardening, working on the house and coming up with new ideas for her landscaping. Beau worked with Linda on ALL projects for the last 35+ years - they had a unique relationship - Linda could be as insistent as she liked because Beau had the patience of a Saint. Until she had her stroke Beau spent more time with Linda than Roxanne; Linda loved and cherished all the time she got to spend with Beau. Roxanne and Beau's white boxer, Baby Joe, was Linda's favorite past time and lovebug. When it's Joey's time to go to heaven, Linda will be able to hug him again.
Linda is also survived by Great Aunt Eleanor Taylor Hanna (will be 102 years young this year), East Providence, RI, sister, Pauline A. Dubuque of North Hero, VT (nephews Jimmy Dubuque and Dennis and wife Paula Dubuque and niece Marilee( Doo-Doo) Silva), brother Jerald Hutchins and wife Sylvia of Phoenix, AZ (nephews Jeremy Hutchins and Jeffrey and wife Nicole Hutchins) and sister Jackie Degree and husband Bernie of North Ferrisburgh, VT (niece Amanda Jean and husband Dave Dumnont and last but not least Linda's favorite niece Jessica Lynn Degree Goodspeed and husband John - Linda also leaves several great nieces and nephews.
Besides her parents and husband, Linda was predeceased by her brother-in-law Donald Dubuque, sister, Verna Rae Hutchins, sister, Salley Hutchins Chatin along with husband Merle and nephew, Baby Blaine.
Linda and Roxanne also have friends that are just as close as family who helped with everything and anything for the past year (and before): Darlene DeHart Swanton, VT, Heidi and Jamie Gotshall Alburgh, VT, Janie Leterneau Alburgh, VT, Keira Sturgeon Alburgh, VT, Claire Papin Chazy, NY, Shirley Taylor Champlain, NY, Rita Lemaire, Estelle Mitchell, Noella Duchaine and Madeline James all of Alburgh, VT. So, how do you solve a problem like Linda? You have to be patient with her, fight with her, try to reason with her and in the end make sure she knows how much she's loved because that's how she always made all of her friends feel!!!
Roxanne was her main focus until her last breath. If Linda thought Roxanne needed a new stove for example - Roxanne got a new stove whether it was wanted/needed or not and it would be delivered and set up before Roxanne arrived home so there was no changing the situation. Linda wouldn't purchase items to make her life easier...she spent all her time, energy and money on Roxanne. Linda was also an excellent friend. Linda would give the shirt of her back if there was someone in need. Linda helped build a well in Africa, gave money anonymously to various sites in town (one site was the Alburgh Elementary School for assistance with a security system) and was an advocate for St. Jude's Research for Children.
As per Linda's request, there will be no funeral services, however, there will be a private burial in the Spring at the Bush Cemetery in Alburgh. If desired, memorial contributions in Linda's memory may be made to the Alburgh Rescue, Inc. 60 Firehouse Road, Alburgh, VT 05440 OR Cider, Inc. 110 Community Lane, South Hero, VT 05486.