BARSTOW, Calif. — Linda Jane (Smith) Lessard, 58, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 30. She was born Jan. 5, 1959, in Lewiston to Michael and Jeannette Smith.
Linda married her childhood sweetheart, Maurice Lessard, on Aug. 25, 1979, in Lewiston, and went on to travel the world with him during his time as a U.S. Marine, finally settling in Barstow, Calif. She attended California Baptist University, earning her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, and became a special education teacher at Silver Valley High School in Yermo, Calif. She was an avid knitter and enjoyed trips to the ocean and taking cruises, but her greatest love was spending time with her grandchildren.
Surviving Linda is her husband of 38 years, Maurice L. Lessard, of Barstow, Calif.; children: Alise Michelson, and her husband, William, of Waianae, Hawaii and Maurice M. Lessard and Rebecca Lessard, of Barstow, Calif.; grandchildren: Isabelle and William Michelson, Maurice M. Jr. and Cooper, Emelia and Thomas Lessard; and her parents Michael and Jeannette Smith of South Carolina.
Linda J. Lessard