She was born in Louisville, Kentucky back on April 7th of 1943 where she attended grammar school and Seneca High. She came to the Washington, DC area to learn her lifetime dream of being a nurse at Capitol City School of Nursing at the DC General Hospital. She had always wanted to be a nurse and help folks who needed her. She has many friends from there that have lasted a lifetime. She graduated and went to work for a while in Georgetown at the Columbia Hospital for Women in the OB/GYN division delivering babies and help bringing them into the world. Eventually she moved to Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, Maryland and continued with the delivery of babies. She loved every day of it and loved to help young mothers care and feed their newborns. Along the way she got married to John and, together, they had two children – Holly and Christopher. Raising those two rascals proved to be a heavy task so she retired from nursing and took up putting a house into a home. As their daughter grew she wanted to ride horses and she took riding lessons and that led to Lynne and John taking lessons also so that they could ride with her. That led to getting a horse of their own – a quarter horse named Gala Affair. Horseback rides in the Shenandoah Mountains and in the watershed of the Patuxent River were the favorite riding spots. They even rode with the Mosby Raiders. Lynne and family were living in Rockville at the time and boarding their horse but they wanted more time and more horses, so they moved to Burtonsville, Maryland and got about five acres of land, built a stable and added four more horses and a pony (for Chris who was still a youngster) to the family. Holly got a grandson of Man-O-War named Zeus and she rode him in many equestrian events. Lynne’s horse was called Dixie and she rode him in all kinds of places and weather. For a while, it seemed they were never apart. But as the years went on the task of shoveling you know what got a bit too much for all of the family and ,so, they either sold or gave away the horses. Lynne’s interest turned to other activities. She became a cyclist with her “Moo” bike and visited a number of state parks to ride. She road across Maryland three times in biking events with her friend Gabbi Golec. This led her to become a hiker and camper and while she hiked her husband camped. She hiked the Appalachian trials many a time. Another one of her fabulous sports was Kayaking on the Patuxent River which she did with her friend Jane Zuke and Holly. And she loved the beaches down at Rehobeth and Ocean City, Maryland where they spent many a summer month with the kids and relatives. One of Holly’s favorite memories of her Mother was watching Lynne feed the birds and squirrels with peanuts and bird food spread on the deck railings. Lynne would then wait for the birds and squirrels to arrive and watch them out of the kitchen window. One winter day we were visited by well over 100 Cardinals – her favorite bird and the State bird of her birth state - Kentucky. Chris has a thousand memories of how his Mother attended his games and scouting activities and always stood at his side for both the good and the bad times. She was always positive with him telling him that tomorrow will be a better day. And John, her husband has millions of memories stretched over the 54 years of their marriage – from the trips that they took to Kentucky, the Caribbean, Florida, Maine, Canada, Arizona, California, and especially Montana which she always remembered as her favorite vacation trip. But most of all, John remembers just living with her from day to day and how she was a most loving and giving wife.
Lynne was one really great woman, wife, Mother and friend. If someone needed help – close friend or stranger – she was always there to help them. Whatever their need might be, Lynne did her best to help. Her life was full of love and she shared it with all that she knew. She will be deeply missed.
To borrow words from my son, Chris, who described her as the strongest, most selfless and loving woman he has ever known – “Until that day we are all reunited, I love and miss you more than words can describe.” Her entire family feels that way.
The family is planning a Celebration of Life for her as her life certainly deserves a joyful celebration. The date for the Celebration of Life has not yet been set but it will be soon. Arrangements are being made to allow those of you in Kentucky, California, Texas, North Carolina, Maine and other far away reaches of the world to share in this Celebration without you ever having to leave your homes. More on this later.