June Nickerson Linton, 90, inspired many future cooks with her scrumptious recipes

June Nickerson Linton
June Nickerson Linton

June Nickerson Linton, 90 years young, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully and comfortably in her own home Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. Both of her daughters were by her side, lovingly holding her hands and telling her how much she was loved by her family and friends.

Having lived an incredible life, with only the last four months unable to be totally independent, she was ready to be with Jesus and all of the loved ones who have gone before her.

June was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas B. “John” Linton Jr.; parents, sister and brother; and recently by her son, John Scott Linton.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Leigh Linton Smit, and her husband, Raymond, of Virginia Beach, and Lynn Linton Diggs, and her husband, Billy, of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; five granddaughters, Nicole Diggs Farrell, who was born on Oma’s birthday 34 years ago and never missed a single birthday celebration together, and her husband, Brandon, Brittany Diggs Duffy, and her husband, Adam, Kimberly Diggs, Brianna Diggs and Kristine Linton, all of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; six great-grandchildren, Maika and Teagan Farrell, Kaeden, Kohl, Koral and Kale Duffy; nieces and nephew, Sandra Rochevot, Judy Owen and Jeff Gedmin, and their families; cousin, Keith Nix; beloved sponsored child for over 35 years, Pilar Francisco, and her family of the Philippines; stepson, Leslie Crockett of Virginia Beach; extended family and so many people young and old who also considered her their “Oma.”

June has been described as an inspiration to all who knew her, a beautiful spirit, gracious, honorable, strong in her faith, willing to share her knowledge of life and open her heart to those around her, someone who loved her family fiercely, poised and ladylike with the funniest stories and one-liners, willing to tell it like it is, feisty, always ready with a hug, sweet-natured with a beautiful smile, and laughter that brightens and uplifts all who are around her.

With her Southern charm she will also be remembered for her love of cooking and teaching us her most famous recipes. Always a giver, she would send you home with the recipe to enjoy and share with others.

June has left a great legacy of love and family bonds for those of us who will one day be celebrating and rejoicing with her up above.

June’s family would like to thank her caregiver Marie and all of the Sentara Hospice staff involved who took such good care of her and her family.

To honor June’s wishes, a celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, at the home of Lynn and Billy Diggs in Kitty Hawk North Carolina. All are welcome. There will be an outdoor heated tent. Email Lynn Diggs at lynndiggs@earthlink.net for directions and further details.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis TN 38101-9929; Beach Food Pantry, 4007 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949; or charity of your choice.

Share online condolences with the family at Cremation Society of Virginia.

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