Linda McLeary Farley passed away Thursday (May 5, 2016).
Linda was born June 2, 1940, the second daughter born to Frank and Mary Belle (Sypult) McLeary in Cook Hospital in Fairmont. She grew up in Fairmont and later in Barrackville.
She graduated as the salutatorian of the 1958 class of Barrackville High School and later completed two years of study at Fairmont State College. During her college years, she also worked as a proofreader for the Fairmont newspapers. After college she lived in several cities in the Northeast (Buffalo and Syracuse, New York; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Cleveland, Ohio) where her husband pursued employment. She finally settled in Snellville, Georgia, and at her death lived in Loganville, Georgia.
Linda was an animal lover from early years. She rescued multiple cats and dogs from shelters and negligent owners, happily caring for them as she gave them second chances of life. An accomplished cook and hostess, her homes were always welcoming. Linda made annual treks to the Mountain State, usually during the fall when trees were in full color, and when there, met up with the classmates and friends she kept all her life. When she moved to Snellville, she met three women who became her three closest friends. They traveled to the North Georgia mountains regularly, where Linda could have the mountains experience she had known since childhood.
She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, numerous cousins, and aunts and uncles.
Her immediate family survivors include her husband; her daughter, Brooke Doan (David); her son, Robert Farley Jr. (Cindy); her granddaughter, Hannah Doan; and her older sister, Suzanne McLeary Hewitt. Also surviving are numerous cousins.
A memorial service will be held June 4 at a family residence.
Published on May 17, 2016