Lindsay Anne Withers
Some people are just born differently and after Lindsay came along they broke the mold. All who came to know her grew to love her. More than a week has passed since January 25th when our beloved Captain Lindsay Withers gained her wings. Family and friends have had a little time to grieve but the heartache remains deep and it’s real. However, we need to remember that grief is not what she would want from any of us. That beautiful face is smiling down on us from above and we all have to remember she’s in a better place now and the suffering remains only for those of us missing her. Individually, we may have lost a loving friend, sibling, child, partner, auntie or soul mate but we have all gained a guardian angel.
Beloved daughter of Christopher and Kimberly Withers, Lindsay blessed this world and all who knew her on her arrival June 6, 1986. Big sister to Heather, Taylor, Drew, David, Brenna and Raymond, she shared a passion for family that was unrivaled. She, along with her best friend Debbie, grew up in the Rehoboth-Seekonk area. Lindsay shared many loving times with her grandparents; William and Suzanne Withers, Donald and Rose Lamoureux, Rab and June Wetherell, her biological mother, Janice Williams of Georgia and god-parents Jim and Jane Carr.
Lindsay, like her father, had a desire to serve, so joining the fire service fit her ideally. Serving as a call firefighter for Rehoboth, Lindsay joined Rehoboth EMS, rapidly advancing through the ranks from EMT to paramedic in 2009, and continuing her career into private EMS to shift supervisor in 2014. She served many communities in Massachusetts, including Rehoboth, Dartmouth, Fall River and Worcester.
A woman of many talents, she loved to paint, sew, bake, and tend her flowers and vegetable gardens, sharing these passions with all who were part of her life.
On a beautiful May afternoon in 2013, Lindsay met Captain Shawn Tibbetts. Thus began a ten year adventure of love, laughter, growth and healing for both of them. Lindsay immediately fell in love with the offshore lifestyle, becoming an accomplished tuna fisherman and beloved guide. Like everything else she put her mind to, Lindsay was determined to be the best. She earned her USCG Master Captains license in 2018. The pair thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors together. From ice-out salmon fishing and bear camp in Maine, to fishing Florida’s nature coast, each season brought them new adventures. The two especially cherished their time on the water with Shawn’s father, Larry Tibbetts.
Lindsay and Shawn were honored guests at the weddings of her brothers, Drew to Danielle and Taylor to Lisa. One of her greatest loves was being an auntie to her nephews Scott, Odin and Lachlan, with a bonus auntie to Teagan.
Our cherished Lindsay will be buried at sea in a private ceremony officiated by Reverend Abby Lynn Haskell. A private beachfront service will be held that afternoon to celebrate her life.
“‘There’s holes in the floor of Heaven,”And her tears are pouring down.
“That’s how you know she’s watching, “Wishing she could be here now.
“And sometimes if you’re lonely, “Just remember she can see.
“There’s holes in the floor of Heaven “she’s watching over you and me.”
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