Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews passed peacefully on June 20, 2022 after a brief battle with cancer at Sakura House Hospice, Woodstock, Ontario.
She will be missed by her children Becky Matthews (Mark Morgan), and Adam (Erin) Matthews, her grandchildren Cole, Tyler, Paige, Landen, and Addison, her brother Curtiss MacDonald (Faye) and his daughter Janette (Lilah), her sister Cindy MacDonald, and her sister in law Shelley Ellis (Kerry) and family. Predeceased by her parents Gordon and Marian MacDonald of Seaforth, Ontario, her former husband and alderman of the City of Woodstock Dave Matthews, and her in laws Dr. J.J. Matthews DDS and Betty Matthews.
Linda was a dedicated registered nurse at Woodstock General Hospital for over 40 years working in multiple capacities with most of her career dedicated to the emergency room department. She was past president of Victorian Order of Nurses, an alumni of Woodstock General Hospital and the University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Arts Major in 3 year general philosophy.
Linda was one of two Canadian nurses to go to Oklahoma and receive a commendation from Governor Keating for her medical contributions when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in 1995.
Words can never express our gratitude to all the staff at Sakura House, Woodstock Hospital - Cindy, Diane, Louise, and Palliative Staff, as well as 9th floor Surgery Staff at Victoria Hospital in London.
A memorial / celebration of life will be held
on Saturday July 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm
at the Thamesford Recreation Hall, 85 Middleton St., Thamesford Ontario (casual dress).
In lieu of flowers and cards, memorial donations to VON Sakura House are appreciated and may be made directly, or by cheque through Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Ave., Woodstock, Ontario who have been entrusted with Final Arrangements.
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  • Our sympathy on the loss of your mom, grandmother and sister. She was a very strong woman. I have many memories of her while we were in nursing school in Woodstock. Hold your memories close to your heart

    Joyce (Hayter) McBeath
  • Sorry to heat of your mother’s passing. I enjoyed working with her and hearing of you people. Thoughts are with you

    Helen narancsik
  • I loved her wit and take no shit attitude when she worked in ED..always got a chuckle out of her..sorry for your loss

    Sue wilford
  • I only knew Linda from being in the ER with my mom or my child. She was a great nurse who wasn’t afraid to give her opinion if she disagreed with proposed treatment. I remember her telling me once ‘you know, London hospital is right down the road..) And she was kind. I’ll always be thankful for her kindness and compassion that came so naturally to her.

    Karen Hughes
  • Dear Shelley and family,
    Our sincerest condolences to all of you. 💔 Our thoughts are with you as well as our prayers. Hugs and peace our dear friends.

    Sharon and Chad Wade
  • Becky, Adam and families, I had the privilege of having Linda as my first head nurse on 2nd surgery at WGH…..she set the perfect balance between authority and friendship and I learned a great from her and was lucky enough later in life to call her friend…she will be missed but she passed her nursing and life knowledge to all lucky enough ti work with her. Another angel star in the heavens💫

    Wendy McClorry Kelly
  • How terribly sad. Linda was one of my very favorite nurses that I had the privilege of working with for many years. Such a dedicated nurse and I counted her as a true true friend. She will be very sadly missed

    Tina Eccleston
  • Dear Becky, Adam and families,
    It was my pleasure to work with Linda for 35 years. She was clever, funny, energetic, and one of the best nurses I was privileged to share a shift with. I considered her a friend and mentor. The nursing profession has lost a shining star and she will be missed by many. Please know that we share your loss and are so very sorry. May you memories comfort you during this sad time.
    Eleanor Paterson.

    Harry and Eleanor Paterson
  • Dear Becky and Adam and family My deepest condolences with the loss of your mom. I worked with her for many years, mostly in the Emergency department. She talked often about you guys as you were growing up…. everything from Adam being little and very sick with Dr. Dixit being at his beside to the pool days with the back yard being full of your friends. Both of you were never far from her mind even though she was away at work. She was an amazing quick witted dedicated mother, nurse and filled big shoes well in many other roles. Gone but leaves an memory filled legacy behind. My condolences again with your loss.

    Frieda Dekker
  • Becky and Adam and families,
    When grief takes your breath away, remember that her love is worth the pain
    My Sincere condolences
    Linda Wavell
    Your mother was a great nurse, teacher and such a beautiful person ,
    2 surgery RPN 1975- 1980

    Linda Wavell
  • Becky and family So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to all.

    Sharon Brooks
  • Becky and family So sorry for your loss. Deepest condolences to all.

    Sharon Brooks
  • My condolences to Linda’s family and close friends. I thought of Linda often over the years, but I hadn’t seen her for a very long time. Wherever you are now Mac, may you always have a cover on your mouth care tray. This was a private joke that we shared as “pinkies”.

    Sharon (Massel) Long
  • I worked with Linda for many years at Woodstock General. She was a caring but fun to be with lady. Our kids went to high school together. She will be missed. Keep your memories close.

    Janice Post
  • So sad to hear.

    Richard C. Nowell

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