HARTLAND — A celebration of life will be held on July 1 for Linda Williamson, 65, who died May 30 at Mt. Ascutney Hospital of pancreatic cancer.
Linda was born in Fairfield, Connecticut on Dec. 29, 1951. She attended Windham College during a time of fierce anti-war protest and left after a single semester, heading west to the snowfields of Utah where she worked as a ski instructor for several years.
Linda was the director of the Hartland Public Library from 1987 to 2001. While there, she built an outstanding collection, transforming the library into the town’s living room—a welcoming place where patrons could find community along with reading material. Her lasting legacy to the town of Hartland is the library building at Foster Meadows.
A strong community spirit drove Linda to action
in other ways as well. In 2000, a local development project planned to discharge up to 10,000 gallons per day of treated wastewater into Lull’s Brook. Linda successfully fought to safeguard the watershed, becoming a founding member of the Lull’s Brook Watershed Association.
Although she left college before earning her degree, Linda was determined in her pursuit of education. She received a Bachelor’s in Management from the College of Lifelong Learning, followed by a Juris Doctor from Vermont Law School in 2005.
She was a founding attorney with the Windsor / Orange Legal Assistance Project, providing lo-bono and pro-bono legal assistance to indigent clients. Linda was a tireless advocate, often serving as involuntary legal counsel to the community’s most vulnerable.
Linda lived a dynamic and multi-faceted life. She was also a gourmet cook and expert gardener;
worked as a ski instructor at Mt. Ascutney; and trained her beloved thoroughbred-Percheron horse, Mel, to Prix St. George level with the help of local trainers. Mel was a charismatic presence at Upper Valley dressage shows and one of the loves of Linda’s life.
Linda is survived by Tom Williamson, her husband of 41 years; her three children, Jenny, Sam, and Amy; and two grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her friends, her family, and the community.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to Mt. Ascutney Hospital at 289 County Road, Windsor, 05089.
The Knight Funeral Home in Windsor assisted with the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to her family in an online guestbook at www. knightfuneralhomes.com Go to www.thevermontstandard.com to view this obituary and leave condolences..