Linda Mary Tukey RN

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Linda Mary Tukey, RN
STANDISH - Linda Mary Tukey, RN, of Standish, passed away on Nov. 12, 2017, after a long, brave battle with cancer.
She was supported by family and friends in her final months and days.
Born in Bangor on June 23, 1949, she was the daughter of Brig. Gen. Philip Edgar Tukey Jr. and Jane Thompson Tukey. Linda grew up in Bangor, living there for many years. She moved to Standish over 30 years ago, with her partner and life companion, Edgar Therrien.
Graduating from Bangor High School in 1967, she furthered her education by graduating from Eastern Maine Medical Center School of Nursing. She then went on to complete both a B.S. and M.S. in business administration at Husson College in the 1980s.
Her nursing and business careers were interesting and varied, both in Bangor and greater Portland communities. She retired, in the fall of 2015, as MDS Coordinator from South Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Biddeford. Linda was looking forward to retirement and pursuing her love of travel. This was tragically cut short by her illness.
"The Moody Blues" concerts, casinos and travels to St. Thomas with her sister were special times. She and Edgar, along with family and friends, over the years had visited many states and countries.
Cruises were special for Linda. She was planning a retirement celebration cruise when first diagnosed. She loved animals, especially cats. An outstanding cook, she never hesitated to just put something together!
Keeping with the Tukey tradition, Linda always kept in touch with the staff and commanders of the Maine Air National Guard. She facilitated several memorial contributions to the Air Guard and supported the educational fund which was named for her father. Never to miss a good reunion of her father's friends or activities on the base, when invited, she went. She truly loved the Maine Air National Guard!
Linda was predeceased by her father; mother; sister, Martha G. Tukey; and this June, by her faithful partner Edgar. She is survived by her nephew, Christopher Chesaux, his wife Mathala, and their daughter Janieva Tukey Hassan Chesaux. Also survived by her loving and humorous uncle, Dr. Philip P. Thompson, age 100; many cousins; friends; her lifelong friend, Lois Ann Holmes; Goddaughter, Rebecca Estes-Francis; "nephew," David Estes; great-Goddaughter, Amara P. Francis; and members of Edgar's family.
Linda was always upbeat, happy, with a touch of lipstick, a smile and a twinkle in her eye. She fought a courageous fight. She never wanted her passing to be sad.
Thank you to the staff at Mercy Hospital, New England Rehab Hospital, Springbrook Center and Seventy-Five State Street for their care and support.
At her request, there will be no services, but a celebration of her life will be held at a later date, to be announced. To share a memory or condolence, please visit:

Memorial contributions,
in Linda's memory, may made to
Animal Refuge League
of Greater Portland
P.O. Box 336
Westbrook, ME 04098, or
Tender Touch Vet Hospital
and Home Care
336 Gorham Road
Scarborough, ME 04074

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Funeral Home
A.T. Hutchins, LLC - Portland
660 Brighton Avenue
Portland, ME 04102
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 4, 2017
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