Watertown/Brockport: Passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 30, 2023 at age 74 with her loving husband of 55 years, Charles W. “Chuck” Sanford, by her side. In addition to Charles, she is survived by sons David (Melissa) Sanford, Matthew (Julia) Sanford; grandsons Zachary and Nicholas Sanford; sister Amy (Gary) Westfall; sister Suzette Castor and brothers Robert, Pat and Tim Olin all of Watertown; several nieces, nephews, and very special nieces and nephew Emily Westfall, Molly Westfall Steere and Luke Westfall. Linda also had many loving and dedicated lifelong friends.
Predeceased by her mother Betty Sharp, stepfather Ivan “Red” Sharp, father Robert Olin Sr., step-mother Doris Olin of Watertown, NY; sisters-in-law Linda Sanford and Karen Brabon; brothers-in-law Paul Sanford (Nancy) and Charles Marthage (Norma); and her 4 beloved dogs Sugar, Princess, Kati and Moose.
Linda was a Master Gardener who not only had an exceptional green thumb but also a kind heart. Her passion for plants extended beyond her own gardens, as she generously shared her horticultural treasures and expertise with others. Her gardens were a true spectacle, worthy of gracing the pages of the finest magazines. Linda's legacy lives on through those she touched with her gardening wisdom, ensuring that her knowledge and love of plants will continue to flourish for generations to come. Linda's love of books was matched only by her dedication to the Seymour Library, where she served as a passionate volunteer and former President of the library board. Her commitment to education was evident through her invaluable contributions to the Brockport Central School District, where she played key support roles for many years before retiring. Linda also found solace in her membership at the Brockport First Baptist Church for more than five decades. Her beloved dogs held a special place in her heart, second only to her cherished family and close friends.