MARIETTA, GEORGIA — Linda Marie Page, 68, died peacefully Monday, June 9, 2014, at her home in Marietta, Georgia, after a brief struggle with cancer. Linda was born June 14, 1945, in Van Nuys, California, the daughter of the late Emile George Blouin and Harriet “Toni” Blouin.
Linda thoroughly enjoyed reading, writing, gardening and quilting. She is a published author of two non-fiction pieces, one in On Course magazine and the other in Cooking Light. She is also the author of the full-length novel, “Pilgrams Weeping,” and numerous short stories. Linda graduated from St. John’s Academy in Waynesville in 1963, attended Western Carolina College and Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, and earned a B.A. in English from Kennesaw College in 1981.
In 1969, Linda married the love of her life, R. Harry Page Jr., and they eventually settled in Marietta, Georgia, where they raised four boys. She taught sixth, seventh and eighth grade language arts for the city of Marietta school system.
Linda possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor. She showed love, kindness and empathy towards everyone she came in contact with and brought out the best in others.
Linda was a lifelong member of Saint Joseph Catholic Church and a devout and faithful Catholic. She loved to travel, visiting such destinations as Italy, Spain, China, Mexico and Canada, and cherished time with her family and friends at her Quail Cove cabin nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains and at Arborvale in Asheville.
Linda is survived by her husband, R. Harry Page Jr.; two sisters, Marie A. Morgan, her best friend, of Canton, and Antoinette January, of Sparks, Nevada; sons, Christopher, David, Patrick and Jonathan, all of Marietta; three granddaughters and four grandsons; her dog, Molly, and a number of other relatives and close friends.
A funeral mass will be presided by Monsignor John Walsh at 10 a.m. Friday, June 13, at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 87 Lacy Street NW, Marietta, followed by a burial in the church garden and a reception in the church hall for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in Linda’s name to Haywood County Literacy Council, 402 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, NC 28786.