Linda Lyons Landry

June 14, 1954March 30, 2014
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Linda Lyons Landry, 59, passed away on March 30, 2014 after a courageous battle with GBM brain cancer. She was born to John and Rita Lyons in Buffalo, New York on June 14, 1954. She was the second of what was to be four children. From birth all the way through college at the University of Buffalo she lived in the same house on 19 Southcrest Court where her parents still live today. Through her many years growing up in Tonawanda, she served as a mentor and devoted friend to all her siblings.

She came to Richmond in the 70’s to attend VCU Graduate School of Social Work. Living in a new city she knew no one in but began a wonderful life in her adopted city. After graduate school she began her career working at several places among them as a clinical social worker at Charter Westbrook Hospital and later at Insight Physicians. She also found the time to become a volunteer Doscent at the Virginia Fine Arts Museum. Linda started her life with her husband John in 1983 and later when the twins came along she transitioned to a full time mom. More recently Linda worked as a Special Education Teachers Aide at Greenfield Elementary School where she worked until the day she diagnosed with cancer.

She was an active member of St Edwards Catholic Church, and a tireless volunteer for Virginia Supportive Housing, the Richmond Food Bank and other charitable organizations.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband of 30 years John Landry, their children Stephen and Mariah Landry. Her mother Rita and father Jack. Her brother John Lyons and wife Kathy, her sister Margaret and husband Mark Graytok, and her brother in law Eric Berger who was wedded to her deceased sister Mary. There are numerous nieces and nephews.

Linda was the most wonderful and loving mother, wife, and daughter. She had the most brilliant sense of humor and smile that could light up any room. Her generosity and kind heart were unmatched. She will be sorely missed.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April, 3, 2014 from 5:30 -7:30 pm at Woody Funeral Home, Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Rd, Midlothian, Va. The funeral service will be on Friday, April 4, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the funeral home. Interment will be later in Buffalo NY. .


  • Visitation Thursday, April 3, 2014
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 4, 2014

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April 26, 2015

John, a year has passed since Linda, I know has gone to Heaven. When ever I drive into Goochland I always remember you & Linda! How sweet she was, with a beautiful smile! I hope that you and your children are doing fine. All of us that knew Linda will surely miss her.

Richard Texler

Louise Neborak

April 5, 2014

I was very saddened to learn of Linda's passing. She was such a wonderful woman and mother. She always had such a beautiful smile and outlook on life. It was a pleasure to know her. My sympathies go out to you during this sad time.

Taryn Adkins

April 4, 2014

Linda was truly a beautiful person inside and out. She brought warmth and joy to Greenfield and we will miss her! I will continue to pray for your family during this difficult time.

Richard Texler, Sr.

April 4, 2014

John, it has been approx. twenty plus years since I have had contact with you & Linda. I knew right away when I saw her beautiful picture in the paper, that this was the Linda I knew. My very deepest condolences extend to you and your children. Often when I drive out to Goochland, I always remember the two of you and wonder where and how you both are. I rented the lower level efficiency at your house in Goochland when I worked for Goochland Schools. The two of you were so kind to me, and I thank you for that! My heart is so heavy with sadness with the passing of Linda! You and your children are in my thoughts and prayers.

April 3, 2014

John, sending you and your family heartfelt sympathy...wishing you moments of peace and tender reflection...

John and Jean Whitley {Midlothian}

Peggy Hill

April 3, 2014

Hamner and I extend our deepest sympathies at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Bob Cocchiola

April 3, 2014

Linda was one of a kind. She never had a bad word to say about anyone and always found the good in everything. She will live on in spirit for all of us who were lucky enough to have known her. Mariah and Stephen, find peace in the fact that your mom will always be with you guiding your way as you go on with your lives. John, you were and still are a lucky man.

You will all be in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Lanny Gault

April 3, 2014

John you have been on my mind often over the past several months. I am very saddened by your loss. As you and your family went through this terribly tough journey you have been such a wonderful caregiver. My thoughts are with you and your family in hopes the healing creates many fond memories.

Jackie Brown

April 3, 2014

John, Mariah and Stephen, I am saddened by the sudden loss of your wife and mom. She was always such a kind and friendly person with a contagious smile. With much sympathy....

Jocelyn Cocchiola

April 2, 2014

John, Mariah and Stephen: My heart is heavy as I think of the pain that you all must feel at the loss of your precious Mom and wife. Know that the Cocchiola Family will keep you in our thoughts and prayers as you carry on her legacy. Her sweet smile and warm heart will always be remembered.