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Joseph Gawler’s Sons, LLC

5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

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Linda Joan Barnes-Robinson

29 mai 194523 mars 2020

Linda Joan Barnes-Robinson est né(e) le 29 mai 1945 et est décédé(e) le 23 mars 2020 et il (elle) est confié(e) aux soins de Joseph Gawler's Sons, LLC.

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Joe Morra

mai 24, 2020

Please accept my heartfelt condolences at Linda's passing. Linda and I became friends when I returned to Rockville from New York to study law. We soon found we had common interests and passions. We constantly challenged each other to be better, to know more, to do more. Our love of music was a source of joy, and I will always remember the times we shared when Linda was singing, whether it be in preparation for a family wedding or for a collection of songs to be recorded for her children and grandchildren. I saw in Linda a fierce advocate for children, for the poor, for the disenfranchised. I also saw a devoted wife and mother and grandmother. Shortly before Linda's sudden illness, she recommended that I read "Time and Again" by Jack Finney. The book is a love letter to New York, but it is also about the ways in which people come and go across time, and how those who leave this world before us are still very much present if we are open to seeing them in our lives. I loved that book, and have taken its message to heart. I will do my best to attend a memorial service to honor Linda and to bear witness to her extraordinary life, if there is an opportunity to do that someday. And I will, without a doubt, remember Linda with a smile for as long as I am alive. To her entire wonderful family, I wish you peaceful hearts!

Peter & Terri Johnsen

avril 15, 2020

My fortunate path crossed Linn's during a series of evening non credit classes in French offered through Montgomery College. We discovered through idle conversations that we both had daughters living abroad, then in Switzerland and France, and grandchildren there as well. Casual conversations led to the occasional lunch or drinks, to meeting spouses, to visits in homes for libations and dining. As all these marvelous memorials and pictures testify, Linn and Art were charming, sophisticated members of several communities of old friends, neighbors, and extended families. All of them seemed to cherish the Barnes-Robinson clan, and that affection was clearly reciprocated. As the "new kids" on the block, we became the welcomed interlopers, the beneficiaries of interest and kindness as we joined the many other benefactors of this couple's elastic circle of friends and acquaintances. We enjoyed stories of trips and family members with comfort and ease, dined both spontaneously and more formally together, and felt at ease and warmed by the humor and wit so often and easily shared.
Naturally we have been so concerned about Linn since her health challenges emerged, and about Art since when those we love are placed in peril, spouses suffer correspondingly. We now, like so many, must cherish the memories and the gifts of time, and be ever grateful for the blessing of their friendship. God bless!

Sue Jeweler

avril 4, 2020

Linda was simply the best - wife, mom, grandma, friend, colleague, teacher, presenter, author, and support for anyone in need. There are a few magnificent people in this world and she was one of them and greatly loved. I was honored to have her as part of my life tapestry.

Kay Katz

avril 4, 2020

So sorry to read of Linda's passing. We shared our time at Cedar Crest and later our affection for Audrey and Frank who became my daughter's in-laws. I will cherish the photo of her with my college friends at Jen and Evan's wedding. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for all of you on your great loss.
Kay Jacobs Katz

Lisa Stephanos

avril 4, 2020

I have so many great memories with Linda. But one that really stands out is the big blizzard we had and we invited you and Art to come over and indulge in some wine and snacks. That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. That was 10 years ago this year. Another great memory is when you and Art would come over and we would shoot pool. You were so cocky. Lol. Thank you for being my friend. I will miss you beyond measure. Every time I walk outside in my backyard, I look over and feel your absence. I hope our paths cross again one day when it’s my turn. Until then, farewell my good friend.

Love, Lisa and Dean Stephanos

Rebecca Boylan

avril 4, 2020

As I read others' loving stories of our incredibly spirited Linda, I realize anew the "reach" of a person who shares herself so gracefully and graciously. And I thank Linda for her meaning to each and all of us.

Family. Linda continues as my role model and kindred spirit not just in her keen love and commitment to her family, but for her deepest joy in this love and commitment. As I gaze through the photos here, I'm reminded of her home FILLED with photos of those who she kept close to her every day. And when those trips were coming up to see the subjects of these photos in person, WOW! I got excited for her excitement to be with her children, their partners, and grandchildren! Linda is "that smile" and that song, for her voice sounds musically in my ears in a heartbeat.

Friends. Linda graced luncheon tables of a group of women who simply didn't have enough gab time at the Y and so we took our conversations to restaurants and homes to continue. Linda was such an avid listener as well as conversationalist - fun, funny, and always sincerely connected. She and Art also joined in our couples' (again Y generated) dinners at a Dupont Circle restaurant OR in the B-R home - Linda's warmth around these tables was irresistible. Once when I was recuperating from minor foot surgery, she brought me the most delicious croissants and helped me take one of my first walks as we admired flowering trees in the neighborhood. Passing one of these memorable trees a couple of days ago, I blew Linda a kiss. It is now my Linda tree.

Profession. Always the guiding voice of wisdom and insight for families. Linda's advocacy for children's learning - especially in classrooms lives on in her books. Always a leader as well as collaborator extraordinaire, the field of education is richer for Linda's voice.

Art. There is no more highly valued friend, soul mate, and husband in the world - Linda let us know with that fetching twinkle in her eye.

Forever Linda.

With love,
Rebecca Boylan

Carol Starr

avril 2, 2020

Linda was my precious friend and soulmate. Her love of life and others was extraordinarily irrepressible. She had a rare gift that embraced others with genuine caring. We became friends while our children were in preschool and our friendship developed into a precious source of intimacy, truth, and love. We supported each other through huge disappointments and challenges and exhilarating joys. Her greatest sources of joy were her children, Art and his children, as her own. Linda enriched my life beyond measure, and she will always be part of me. For Linda and our friendship, I am eternally grateful.

Catherine Nelson

avril 2, 2020

Linda came into my life when Jen and I started kindergarten at Wyngate in 1978. I spent countless play dates, sleepovers, carpools and trips to Vermont and NJ, with her and family. She was a second mother to me during elementary school. Almost every memory I have from those years includes Linda and that light blue station wagon.

Linda defined living and family. No one can match the love and zest she had. Those of us who were blessed to be in her light are forever better people.

I look forward to celebrating her life with Art, Jen, Robb, and family in person when this mess settles down. Until then, I will be grateful of how she shaped my childhood.

Much love,
Catherine

FRANK Sanford

avril 1, 2020

I had the pleasure of teaching in Montgomery County when Linda was head of the Gifted and Talented program. In retirement I got to know her as a "friend". We would regularly converse at the YMCA about our trips, family etc. She always had a smile, was looking forward to seeing her grandchildren or heading off on another trip.

She will be missed, and I can honestly say she is one of the special people I have met in my life.

Frank Sanford

Jeff Robinson

mars 30, 2020

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