ORONO AND CALAIS - Linda Isabel McLain, daughter of the late Joseph Theophilus (Theo) McLain and Marjorie Pender McLain, passed away on April 9, 2016 at a Bangor hospital.
She was born on October 13, 1942 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. After attending Immaculate Conception Elementary School, she graduated first in the class of 1961 from Calais Memorial High School. In 1965, she earned a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Maine at Orono. While at UMO, she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Linda began her teaching career in Houlton before returning to Calais where she was employed at the Calais Elementary School until 1993, when she retired from her second grade teaching position due to Muscular Dystrophy. A dedicated teacher, she devoted countless hours to instructional planning and preparation.
Although she missed her work in the classroom, Linda occupied her time with many interests and hobbies. She was an avid reader, a skilled seamstress, and despite her physical limitations, continued to work in her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens until a few years ago. She also enjoyed genealogical research and was a loyal fan of the Celtics and Patriots.
A devout Catholic, she was a member and past president of the ladies sodality of her parish. As a woman of strong principles and unwavering faith, Linda was an inspiration to many as she met the challenges and hardships of her deteriorating health with grace and determination.
She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by her younger sister and best friend Paula, with whom she shared the family home for many years, her sister Gail Berry and brother-in-law Peter Berry, their children Christopher Berry and his wife Chriss, and Kathleen Berry Stevens and her children Megan and Ethan Stevens.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Reverend Kevin Martin at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, 31 Calais Ave., Calais, on Thursday, April 14, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in the family plot at the Calais Cemetery as Linda is laid to rest beside her beloved parents.
Those who wish may make donations to Saint Kateri Tekawitha Parish (SKT Parish) at PO Box 898, Calais, ME 04619.
Friends are invited to join the family for refreshments at the Gerald LaPointe residence, 29 High St., Calais, following the service.
Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais and Eastport. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com