Doane Beal & Ames

260 Main Street, West Harwich, MA


Linda Catherine Rust

October 27, 1949July 26, 2020

Linda Rust, 70, of Harwich, MA passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Cape Cod Hospital from complications due to Parkinson's Disease. Linda was born Linda Catherine Jones on October 27, 1949 in Lock Haven, PA to Pauline (Gray) Jones and Royal A. Jones, Jr.; Linda was the oldest of six children. Linda graduated from Greely High School in Cumberland, ME where the Jones Family lived for many years. Linda also attended Colby College and it was in her collegiate years that she was introduced to her former husband David Rust. Linda is predeceased by her father and mother, sister Karen Horton and brother Jonathan Jones. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer P. Rust, her son Mathew D. Rust and Matthew’s partner Allison Faucher, her partner of 20 years Russell (Ook) Stepney, her brother Royal A Jones III (Breezy) and his wife Judith Jones, her sisters Cynthia M Jones and Paula E Jones, and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

For over 15 years, Linda was a smiling face at Cranberry Liquors in Harwichport welcoming patrons as if they were entering her home. She loved her job and interacting with the people, keeping on as long as she could as her disease progressed. She worked side by side with her son Matthew for most of those years and they shared many fun times and lots of laughs with each other and their customers and vendors.

Linda was a loving woman with a generous heart who opened her home to family and friends for fun summer cookouts and holidays. She was the cool mom that was always agreeable about sleepovers, crowds of teenagers taking over her living room and den, or late night calls from friends in need. You always knew you could talk to "Mama Rust" and get sound advice without judgement and her patience and listening skills rivaled that of the best therapists.

Linda had a hearty, genuine laugh that would make you smile. She was kind, really kind, never wanting to hurt anyone or anything and in doing so she reminded you to be compassionate and understanding of others.

Linda loved music! Especially Rock and Roll. She adored the music of Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty and one of her very favorite songs was “El Paso” by Marty Robbins. Linda loved to move. In the ‘70s it was Jack Lalane, in the ‘80s it was Jazzercize, and at any family party or event she would be out on the dance floor with her kids, friends, and family smiling, dancing, and singing along.

Linda loved to watch the Celtics and she could always keep up with the sports talk and stats with her son, nephews, and brothers.

Crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles were pastimes Linda enjoyed and she loved to watch game shows like Wheel of Fortune , Jeopardy , and old Match Game episodes. She loved classic comedy movies like Caddyshack and The Blues Brothers and she loved The Three Stooges.

On weekends, Linda enjoyed going out thrift store shopping and to lunch with her daughter and sisters. She also loved going to visit her son Matthew, his partner Allison, and their Pomeranian dog, Foxy.

Our worlds will be a little less bright for a while, but we try to take comfort in knowing that Linda is free from the body that no longer allowed her to move with ease and we know she is now dancing and in the warm embrace of those that passed before her.

A private graveside service will be held initially for immediate family members. When gathering in larger groups is permitted, a celebration of Linda’s life will be scheduled. Those who would like to honor Linda Rust's memory may please donate to the Parkinson's Foundation ( www.parkinson.org ). Messages and memories may be shared with Linda’s family at www.doanebealamesharwich.com


  • Pauline (Gray) Jones, Mother (deceased)
  • Royal A. Jones, Jr., Father (deceased)
  • Karen Horton, Sister (deceased)
  • Jonathan Jones, Brother (deceased)
  • Jennifer P. Rust, Daughter
  • Mathew D. Rust (Partner, Allison Faucher), Son
  • Russell (Ook) Stepney, Partner
  • David Rust, Former husband
  • Royal A Jones III (Breezy) (his wife Judith Jones), Brother
  • Cynthia M Jones, Sister
  • Paula E Jones, Sister
  • She is also survived byseveral cousins, nieces, and nephews.

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Karen Bazan

August 3, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was truly a kind & gentle soul.

Pam Kukla

August 2, 2020

To Matt and the rest of Linda's family,

When I think of Linda, I think: courage, kindness, patience -- and really good taste in clothing accessories! She was special in so many ways, even to those of us who only knew her from Cranberry Liquors, and she will be truly missed.

A big hug to Matt,

Carol Porter

August 2, 2020

Dear Jennifer and Matt,

Mike and I are so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. She was one very lovely lady and will be greatly missed. Please accept our deepest and heartfelt sympathy. She will be a bright star up in the Heavens.

Love and Prayers,
Carol and Mike Porter

Carol LeGeyt

July 29, 2020

Jenn, Matt, and Ally, we are saddened for you all, with the loss of Linda.
She gave more than she took from this life, and she has left the bests parts of herself with you, and in you, Matt and Jenn.
She will rest peacefully knowing she has done a wonderful job, bringing up her children.
Love and peace to you, from,
Uncle George and Auntie Carol ♥️

Brian Keith Mielke

July 29, 2020

I do have blessed memories of Linda Rust. The Most vibrant is that of Which her Mom, Pauline Jones; her sister, Paula Jones visited The Orleans Christmas Tree Shops, and the three ladies smiled coming in and going out the door.

To my dear friends, Jennifer and Matt Rust; sometimes in life there are just no words to understand the sadness you are feeling right now, and the days to come. Take Comfort through the compassion, strength and Love of Both Family and Friends in these times. I am truly sorry about your mom’s passing. She was sweet and genuine as anyone could aspire to be.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at anytime, much love and hugs, with prayers, always my dear friends. Take care and thank you for sharing your mom, Linda Rust with each and every one of us. She will most definitely be sorely missed.


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