Linda Jean (Gardner) Littlejohn, 67, died at home Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in the care of her husband, Robert, and her beloved pet dogs Jasper and Penny, after a courageous battle with cancer. Linda left this life as she lived it, unpredictable and true to herself.

Linda was born to Dorothy and Gerald Gardner in Rockland March 8, 1950. Later Dorothy would marry Carl Rogers, who became a second father to Linda during her formative years. She grew up on the South End shores of Rockland, where she lived and attended both Rockland and Thomaston schools. She also spent a great deal her childhood in the woods of Waterford in the care of her paternal grandparents, Hazel and Dennis Gardner.

Linda loved animals and nature. The woods and the shoreline were her playground. A very kind-hearted and strong individual, she was always up for adventure. As a child, she would bring home many stray and sick cats off the shores of Rockland and her mother Dorothy would miraculously nurse them back to health. This life had not been an easy journey for her, but she lived it with very little complaint. Linda lived by the motto “A little bit of paint will make it what ain’t."

She realized very early in life, unlike most of us, that the material things of this world hold very little importance, but rather it was the relationships she formed with family and friends that she held dear to her heart. She was a dreamer and a creative individual. As a child, she would design creative Halloween costumes for her siblings from whatever material she could find in her home.They were amazing. Later in life, she became a stained glass artist and those pieces of artwork became her gifts to all those she loved and held close to her heart. Linda had a sense of humor and a gift of telling stories that would make you ache with laughter.

As a young woman, Linda met and married her first husband, Frank Achorn, and had two children, Frank and Michelle. Later in life she met Daryl Harmon and had a son, David. Ray Stone became her husband in her early 30s and they had one son, Barry. After Ray's death, Linda remained single for many years. In June of 1998, she met Robert Littlejohn from New Hampshire,,whom she married in April of 2004. Rob became her faithful husband and caregiver at the end of her life. In her words, ”He did a good job Judy, please tell him that.” She made her home open to all, and if she held you, you were hers, and she truly believed that with her whole heart. More than anything, she loved her children and her grandchildren.

Linda was baptized at Littlefield Memorial church in Rockland, which she attended for years before moving to Bradford. Her deep faith carried her through her failing health with dignity and grace like no other. She did not rest until she had that last final visit with each of her children and her sister, Judy. Her husband, Rob, was her rock’ that she would lean on in her final days and moments.

Linda was predeceased by her maternal grandparents, William and Agnes Holbook, paternal grandparents Dennis and Hazel Gardner, her parents, Carl and Dorothy Rogers and Gerald F. Gardner Sr. ; a sister, Geraldine Gardner; two brothers, Gerald F. Gardner Jr.,and David J. Gardner; and a niece, Kylei Gardner.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Littlejohn, of Bradford; her sister Judy and husband Robert McMahan of Owls Head, a "sister" cousin Elaine and her husband, George Myers, of West Rockport, and a brother, Kenny Hatstack, of South Paris; four children, Michelle and her husband, Steve Widdecomb, of Rockland, Frank and his wife, Sarah Achorn, of Bangor, David and his wife, Megan Harmon, of Bradford and Barry Stone of Ocala, Fla.; 11 grandchildren, Chelsea, Steven, David, Lexie, AngelAnn, Frankie, McKensie, Matthew, Brittany, Deacon and Austin; several nieces and nephews; a great-niece; and her very best friend, Cindy Hatt, of Warren.

Her niece Amy Dodge, wrote to her to say, "Dear Aunt Linda, I hope you know how much I love you and how grateful I am for your laughter and love in this lifetime! What a gift your humor nad spirit are to us all. You are in my thoughts and heart always. Love you so much, Amy."

A committal service will be held privately by the family; a celebration of her life will be announced in the summer.

Any correspondence to the family can be sent in c/o Judith McMahan, 39 Bayside West, Owls Head, ME 04854.

So, my dear sister, I have written your story as I promised. I hope with all my heart I have done you justice. As I said shortly before you died, "Wherever you are going, I’ll be there soon,” and you replied, “Not too soon!" and we both laughed.