Reverend Linda Johnson Reilly
Reverend Linda (Johnson) Reilly, age 65 of West Roxbury, MA and Boynton Beach, FL, passed away on June 18 following a brief illness. Her husband and son were by her side. Linda was the beloved wife to Barry J. Reilly for 47 years and a loving mother and grandmother to Shaun Reilly, wife Megan and granddaughters Madelynn and Elizabeth of Newton, MA. Linda was a loving sister to Lois Thiergart and husband Otto of Pensacola, FL, Barbara Goguen and husband Ray of Harwichport, MA, and Phil Johnson and wife Linda of Westbrook, ME, and the late Ann Edington and husband Clem, formerly of Sandown, NH, and a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Linda also cherished her friends and faith community in Massachusetts and Florida.
Linda was raised in Ashburnham and was a bright student who graduated from Cushing Academy. She fell in love with Barry soon after her high school graduation and they were married in 1971. Linda and Barry raised their son in Dracut, MA before moving to Wilmington, MA and eventually splitting their time between West Roxbury and Boynton Beach. Linda was a working mom who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in philosophy from UMass Lowell and a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She devoted her personal and professional life to others and spent much of her retirement active in the Massachusetts Conference of the United Church of Christ. Linda was politically engaged and was always willing to lace up her marching shoes to support the social causes that she cared about. In the last ten years of her life, Linda reveled in the joys of grandmotherhood and spent countless hours playing games, reading and swimming with Mady and Elizabeth.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Linda’s life at a memorial services on Saturday, July 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Edwards Church, 39 Edwards Street, Framingham, MA, 01701. Guests are welcome to join the family for a lunch at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Environmental Ministries Fund of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church of Christ. Please make checks out to MACUCC and include “Environment” on the memo. Checks can be sent to MACUCC, 1 Badger Road, Framingham, MA, 01702.
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