Linda Ann Thompson was born in Tewksbury, MA on October 23, 1948 to the late Ann and Harry Thompson. Linda grew up in Columbia Point, where she established life long friends and got the nickname Stokey. She attended Girls High School in Roxbury. She retired in 2005 from the North End Nursing home after many years of service. Prior she worked at Women's Inc. in Boston counseling women in different stages of their recovery from addiction. Her time at Women's Inc. was especially gratifying as it was a way for her to give back to those who supported her when she was dealing with similar struggles.
Linda was the first of ten siblings and as the oldest helped raise many of her sisters and brothers. She taught them many things including how to dance which was one of her favorite things to do. She made it a point to show them how to correctly move their hips to the beat of the music.
As big sister, she also was responsible for doing hair.
With four sisters, she became so good at braiding, straightening and curling that friends called on her too.
Linda loved spending time with her family especially during the Christmas season, her favorite time of the year. She always managed the names for the Christmas secret grab, which somehow never stayed secret. She always told her childen how proud she was that they are so close and take care of each other in all times.
Her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved hanging out with them and they with her. She had a special relationship with each one and they could talk to her about anything. Until she was no longer physically able, she would wrestle them and usually win, or dance with them to her oldies. She also liked watching movies usually Roots or reality shows almost all that were ever made. Just because it was Gramma they would watch with her.