Linda Marie Stephens

15 May, 195918 July, 2021

Linda Marie Stephens of Hobe Sound, FL age 62, passed away on July 18, 2021 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.

Linda was born on May 15, 1959 in Pensacola, FL to the late Alfred and Lillian Klim. She graduated from Toms River North High School and then Montclair State University with a BA degree in speech therapy. She taught at South Toms River elementary. Linda had a passion for teaching and was an advocate for making sure children overcame obstacles and could reach their full potential. She retired in 2007. She married John Stephens in 1999. John and Linda travelled extensively, starting with a marriage proposal in front of the Eiffel Tower, then trips across Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean. They moved to Tequesta, Florida in 2007 and now reside in Hobe Sound.

To say Linda was outgoing would be an understatement, she never truly retired. She had an incredible eye and talent for interior design & painting. Perfectionist and Hard worker were common words used to describe her. Linda’s beautiful smile could light up the darkest room, she had a true gift of hospitality – always making sure people felt welcome and important. She loved her community and was always lending a hand when needed. She enjoyed gardening, painting, floating in her pool, going to social events and hosting parties but her greatest joy was “walking her boys”. She had a compassion for animals, especially those in need of love and a forever home.

Linda is survived by her husband John, furbaby Guinesss, brother Bruce Klim and wife Linda, Eagle River AK, brother Gary Klim, Hobe Sound, FL, cousins Christine Mallek, Edward Klim, Elizabeth Dill and Joanne Kellgren.

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, July 25th 11:00am-3:00pm at The Retreat at Seabranch. 8700 SE Retreat Dr. Hobe Sound.

Lunch and Laughter provided after service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks contributions be made to: The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Inc ( a no kill shelter which had great meaning to Linda.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Brian Dugan

26 July 2021

Mary & I are so sad that Linda has passed!
Easy to say that she’s at peace but the sadness continues for you!
Stay strong during this difficult time and concentrate on all the great time you had together!
God Bless!
Brian & Mary

Cindy Coppola

25 July 2021

Dear John,
Anthony and I are so very sorry to hear of the passing of your Beautiful wife Linda. Our fondest memories of her were her huge smile, walking her dogs down Seabranch and always stopping just to chat. Linda was the sweetest gal that you just fell in love with immediately. We are thinking and praying for you during this difficult time and we know that Linda is watching you from above and will help you each day. Hold those wonderful memories with her close to your heart to help you. Feel our hug and our deepest sympathy. Love Anthony and Cindy

Deborah Benson

25 July 2021

I don’t think anyone from The Retreat will forget the sight of John and Linda, tall and tan, walking their 2 beautiful, sleek Vizslas throughout the neighborhood, stopping to talk to friends and neighbors.
Such a sight to behold.
We shall remember Linda, like that!
Deb and Alan Benson

Karen Blauvelt

25 July 2021

My heart is filled with sadness for my true friend. She was so good to me when I worked at STRE. Even after her retirement I made a few trips to visit & when she was visiting Jersey, she came over my house to help me with several jobs. She was so caring & the fun we had together.

John, my deepest sympathies. Linda will forever be in our hearts.

Karen Blauvelt

Kevin Whelehan

24 July 2021

John, we are very saddened to learn of Linda's passing. Our hearts and prayers go out to you during this very difficult time.

“Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.”

Kevin & Barbara

Darlene Greene

24 July 2021

I remember Linda painting the outside of my neighbors house. I still remember the beautiful music she was playing while she painted. Such a beautiful soul❤️


23 July 2021

Such a beauty - inside and out!
Linda brightened our lives and often made my day with just a smile and a wave as I cycled past.

Always in our hearts - forever young.

Ernest dilg

22 July 2021

John, our deepest SYMPATHY at this time of Sorrow
Ernest & Renate

Lynne Truex

21 July 2021

John & Family:
Truly saddened to learn of Linda’s passing. I’m sure she was a fighter until the end. Her zest for life was truly inspiring.
May you find comfort knowing she is at peace. Prayers and hugs

Sharon Doucette

21 July 2021

Dear John and family: We live at The Retreat, and were so very sorry to learn of Linda’s passing. I miss seeing Linda on her morning walks with your two dogs, now only one. We would always stop to chat. Linda will be missed by all who knew her at The Retreat. She painted our entire house inside before we moved in, and what an unbelievable paint job. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time.
With Sympathy,
Sharon and Ron Doucette

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