Linda Carole Jones

December 8, 1943 ~ September 7, 2020 (age 76)



Linda Carole Jones (nee Watson), passed away Monday September 7, 2020 at home with family by her side. Linda was born December 8, 1943 in Connellsville Pennsylvania. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1962 and to Amherst in 1971.

She graduated from Connellsville High School class of 1961. She attended Durban's Business School in Pennsylvania and Dyke College in Cleveland, leaving just shy of receiving her BS in finance, to move to Amherst.

Linda worked at Republic Finance and later Commercial Credit. She worked at World Publishing Company from 1968 until moving to Amherst in 1971.She and her husband Barry, owned and operated the Midas Auto Service Center in Oberlin, Oh, from 1982 until selling the business in 2012.

Linda loved to travel. She was able to travel to Europe three times and while there she was able to visit her Father's grave at the Loraine American Military Cemetery located at St. Avold, France. She also visited England twice. Her love of the beach  took her to Myrtle Beach, SC and the Bahamas several times.

Linda had numerous collections, but was best known for her collection of cute and unusual frogs.

She loved dogs, especially her miniature Schnauzers of which she had five.

She survived by her husband of 53 years Barry, a daughter Wendy Carole Panzner (Joseph) , grand children Joseph and Ramona Panzner, two sisters, Yvonne Gayle Guard (Donald deceased) ,Marlene Kay Haggerty (Jack) and brother Russell Dale Watson (Vickie): additional survivors include many nieces and nephews who adored her.

She was preceded in death by her mother Freda O. Watson Fox (nee Humphreys) 2013, father 1st Lt Russell Watson 1944 (WWII France) and stepfather Thomas Fox Jr. 2008.

Services were held privately by the family. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Linda’s memory to Friendship APL, 8303 Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria OH 44035 or the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City,   OK 73123.

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