September 26, 1947 - April 4, 2015
Service Date: April 27, 2015
A Celebration of Linda's life will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Rd., in Alfred. You may visit with Linda's family beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the church until the hour of the service.
Linda Georgette Austin, 67, of Oak St., passed in peace with the love of her life by her side on Saturday, April 4, 2015. She was born at Goodall Hospital September 26, 1947 the daughter of William and Denise Sharpe. She developed many interests as a child, including nursing. Taking care of others would become a common theme throughout her life. Some of her favorite memories included accompanying her father, a lifelong Red Sox fan, to Fenway Park. She was an admitted “Daddy’s girl.”
A few years after graduating from Sanford High School in 1965, she met the man who would become her life partner. Like Linda’s father, Ralph Austin had proudly served his country and the two were married on October 16, 1970.
The center of Linda’s life was family. With the birth of their son Andrew in 1975, Linda focused on raising a family, and also volunteered in various Sanford schools. Eventually, she started a new career as an educator for kids with special needs. She enjoyed camping trips, summers at the family camp in Acton, and collecting rare antiques to highlight the house. Her greatest passion was stock car racing. She rarely missed a lap of practice, qualifying, or feature racing. She also volunteered as a scorer for various race teams, was an invaluable member to Barney Mc Rae’s Motion Racing organization, and became a key member of NASCAR’s woman’s auxiliary club.
In recent years, Linda had pulled back from racing, although the motor home was a welcomed sight to many each time the Cup series rolled into New Hampshire Motor Speedway. From her experiences throughout her life, Linda always had a story to share and a smile to give. She and Ralph traveled the country, explored lighthouses, and her family bestowed upon her the title, “The best cook in the world!” She was more than willing to try new recipes in the kitchen; all while enjoying irreplaceable time with each other.
Linda is survived by her loving husband of 44 years, Ralph, of Sanford; her son, Andrew of Portland; her nieces and nephews, Jeff, Jennifer, Alison, Brian and Michael; and innumerable friends she considered family.
A celebration of Linda’s life will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Alfred Parish Church, 12 Kennebunk Rd., in Alfred. You may visit with Linda’s family at the church beginning at 5:00 p.m. until the hour of the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Linda’s memory to NASCAR’s Victory Junction Camp, 400 Adams Way, Randleman, NC 27317. This camp gives children with disabilities the opportunity to “Be-A- Kid” and enjoy being in the great outdoors.
The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements