October 7, 1955 - February 19, 2023
“On the air they rise and fly an invisible course, gathering nothing, storing nothing… Joyous and clear like the lake, still as the stone at the door, they are free.” – Buddha
With great sadness and bittersweet gratitude, the Aitkens, Blair and McCoy families announce the passing of Linda Mary McCoy-Aitkens of Gig Harbor, WA, who peacefully left her physical existence at home on February 19, 2023, at the age of 67 after courageously managing a long illness. Her love of family, art, children, and dear friends defined her life.
Born on October 7, 1955, in Groton, Connecticut, to James “Jimmy” and Margaret “Peggy” McCoy, Linda grew up with her three loving sisters, of whom she was the youngest. Her early years in California and Hawaii shaped her love of family, adventure and play.
Linda married Dwight Gilbert Aitkens on December 28, 1985, in Pleasant Hill, California, and had her son, Dwight-Vincent Aitkens, on April 6, 1988, in Concord, CA. Accentuated by her innate love for children, Linda found great joy and pride in being a mother.
Starting her career as a volunteer at the Bay Area Crisis Nursery before spending time with the William-Morris Talent Agency in the 1970’s, Linda’s professional life later became dedicated to service. Her ferocious advocacy of equal rights was legendary and deeply inspirational. Serving as a Child Advocate for Catalyst Domestic Violence Shelter brought her a profound sense of pride and civic fulfillment.
She delighted in rhythm and music, with live performances being a lifelong love. After seeing Prince early in his career at the Troubadour, her live set list became prolific. Linda was always the first to dance, eagerly encouraging those around her to “get jiggy with it”.
She had a passion for art and creative expression, often crafting intricate handmade holiday cards by the dozen. And her love of travel was bookmarked by memorable trips to Alaska, Hawaii, New York, Mexico and Jamaica. The depth and sincerity of her laugh was a hallmark of her personality, and she was a master gift-giver. Playfulness, precociousness and gentle compassion were some of the ingredients to Linda’s “secret recipe” of joy.
Linda was preceded in death by her husband Dwight; her parents James “Jimmy” and Margaret “Peggy”; and her siblings Kathleen and Colleen. Linda is survived by her dear son Dwight; sister Maureen; brother-in-law Lyle; niece Heather; nephew Isaac (Jennifer); grandniece Camille; and many loving aunts, cousins, and friends.
A Celebration of Life BBQ will be held in Northern California in the Spring. Additional details to be provided by
The following charities were close to Linda’s heart if anyone wishes to make a donation in her name:
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The family would like to extend our profound thanks to the staff of Franciscan Hospice for their love and compassionate care and for all the professionals who blessed Linda with their care. A special thank you to all the friends and family who brought joy to her life. She will be dearly missed.