Linda (Mercer) King
Passed on: January 16th, 2013
Linda Rachael (Mercer) King was an inspiring mother, wife, sister, grandmother, daughter, aunt, best friend, journalist, feminist, artist and quilter; she died Jan. 16, 2013.
Linda was unconditionally loved and supported by her husband, Dave; daughters, Laura and Susan; sister, Noreen and an unbreakable circle of generous, witty and sometimes outrageous girlfriends and their spouses.
Dave was her rock of more than 50 years, and she was his; their journey together started in high school at Sydney Academy. Linda and Dave were a team in life and work - overcoming challenges as young parents, running a successful business in D.M. King Adjusters Ltd., raising independent children, packing up the trailer for summers in Mira and Ingonish, travelling, celebrating milestones, building their home in Ben Eoin, entertaining their friends, and spoiling their grandchildren.
Linda's family is small and scattered: Laura lives in Oakville with her husband Gerry Arnold and sons Patrick and Christopher; Susan is in Howie Centre with her husband, Kevin Chant, and daughters Allyson and Christy; her sister, Noreen March and brother, Rick Mercer, are in Sydney. Adored nieces, Valerie Merchant and Linda Feringa and their families, are in Eastern Passage, N.S., and Port Elgin, Ont. Nephews, Billy and Christopher March and their families, and Christopher Kelly, are in Sydney, and Leonard March and his family are in Halifax. Sisters-in-law, Ruth King and Shirley Murdock are in Sydney and Sarnia, Ont.
Linda was predeceased by her infant granddaughter, Sarah Chant - twin to Allyson - and by her parents, Eric and Martha.
Some might say Linda was stubborn; to others, she was smart, independent, strong-minded, well read, witty, worldly and liked to challenge the status quo. She was an environmentalist before it was trendy to be one, and she was an uncanny judge of character.
Linda grew up in the north end of Sydney, attended Central School and Sydney Academy, and started work at Metropolitan Life immediately after graduating high school at the age of 16.
Linda found her passion and her calling in the late 1970s as the Cape Breton correspondent for the Halifax Chronicle-Herald; as a writer and reporter working from her home office, Linda immersed herself in her work as a journalist and her curiosity and intelligence made her a brilliant writer and story teller.
Linda relished good books, proper grammar, great food, fun, and shoes. Linda was known for her annual come-as-the-woman-you-most-admire parties in celebration of International Women's Day.
Linda's gift for colour and style made her a superb quilter. Linda's children, grandchildren and close friends benefited greatly from her quilting prowess, her keen eye for design and her generousity with her quilted creations.
Linda was most famous, however - at least among her grandchildren - for the best-in-the-world chocolate-chip cookies she baked for them and with them, and for the hours she spent cutting, sewing, drawing, painting and gluing on cold winter days and rainy summer afternoons.
Linda was involved in the Sydney Curling Club, the Sydney City Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, the Nova Scotia Insurance Women's Association, and the City of Sydney Bicentennial Committee; she co-chaired the Sydney Academy class of 1961 reunion committee and celebrated with Dave and dozens of friends in style at the 25th in 1986. Linda was a member of the Monday Night Quilters; her knack for creating patterns was envied by her quilting sisters and mentors, whose talents she respected immensely.
Linda requested (actually, she spelled out very clearly!) that she be remembered by friends and family in their own ways - through the quilts in their homes, the books and trinkets on their shelves, and the voice they will hear in the backs of their heads while reading the labels at the dollar store!
Linda had asked that donations be made to the Cape Breton Cancer Centre, Patient Care Fund or the Palliative Care An Cala Unit - at 1482 George St., Sydney, N.S., B1B 1P3 - or the VON Cape Breton Metro, 390 King's Rd., Moxham Court, Suite 5, Sydney, N.S., B2S 1A5.
Friends are welcome to an informal drop-in Friday from 2-4 p.m. at the East Bay Fire Hall.