Linda (Hardy) Bent passed away peacefully with her family by her side following a long illness on Friday, January 20, 2023.
She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 59 years, Eliot, her five children, Edward (Kelly) Bent of Mansfield, Lauren (Jeffrey) Murphy of Milton, Lisa (Todd) Stirling of Milton, Kristen (Mark) McGillivray of Milton, and Michael (Meghan) Bent of Dover. Thirteen grandchildren; Kevin, Tayla, Elizabeth, Victoria, Caroline, Matthew, Keaton, Sarah, Samantha, Kendall, Avery, William, Reese and her very special great granddaughter Miss Lilliana. Her sister-in-law Leslie (Bent) Carlmark, her nieces Lee Ann Leahy, Lynn Carlmark, Lois Shimanek, Debbie Hawkins and nephew Tucker Carlmark. She is predeceased by her loving parents Frank and Phyllis (Livingstone) Hardy, her brother Frank Jr., her sister Diane (Hardy) Hawkins, and her nephews Stephen Hawkins and David Hardy.
In her younger years, she loved her summers at Rexhame Beach with her family. Linda had a special love of horses and taught horseback riding at summer camps, she also loved playing the piano and her favorite class was penmanship and it showed.
She was a 1962 Graduate of Milton High School, and she married her lifelong partner Eliot in 1963.
Linda worked at American airlines before raising their five children. She cherished the many family trips to Disney World and the Fox Ridge Resort in North Conway. She loved Elton John, Neil Diamond, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Barry Manilow.
What brought her the most pleasure in life was watching her children and grandchildren playing in their many sporting events, especially the over thirty years of nonstop hockey. Going to dance shows, just being a part of anything that her children/grandchildren had an interest in.
Linda loved coaching girls' softball and hosted countless pool parties at McKinnon Ave. She was a volunteer at Milton Hospital for two years and that brought her much joy.
She adored long car rides with Eliot that ended with a stop at Daddy’s Dairy for a mocha frappe.
She spent many years at her favorite summer rental at Humarock beach with the annual cookouts and she was an avid Red Sox fan
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Mark Anderson and his staff at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for their tremendous care and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Visitation will be held at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave, Milton on Tuesday January 24th from 5:00-7:00pm.
A Funeral Service will be Wednesday January 25th at 10:00am at the First Congregation Church at 495 Canton Ave, Milton.