Linda M. “Hitch” (Brown) Pidgeon, 74, Middlebury native
KEENE, N.H. — Linda M. Pidgeon, 74, of Keene, N.H., passed away on April 8, 2020, with family by her side following a period of declining health.
She was born on Sept. 19, 1945, in Middlebury, Vt., the daughter of the late Mildred (Desjadon) and Clifford Brown. She attended Middlebury area schools. Linda’s childhood friends and family lovingly knew her by the nickname “Hitch.”
On April 19, 1975, Linda married Robert L. Pidgeon. They celebrated over 35 years together before his passing in 2010.
Linda had a long and varied career. She worked for many years as a CNA/LNA in both Vermont and New Hampshire through private care and at nursing homes. During the 1980s she worked at Pheasantwood nursing home in Peterborough, N.H. After leaving nursing, she worked many years for The Keene Sentinel, delivering the news daily to many homes in Cheshire County and completed her career at The Monadnock Shopper News. Shortly after Robert’s passing in 2010, after living for more than 30 years in southwestern N.H., Linda moved to Vergennes, Vt. She returned to Keene just a few months ago to be closer to her children and their families.
Linda was a strong-willed and stubborn woman who never gave up and loved fiercely. She cherished moments surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and their families. She was admired for her sense of humor and ability to tell an exciting story. She enjoyed playing bingo and reading — especially the newspaper the moment it hit the shelves.
Linda will be dearly missed by her daughters: Margie Meshew of Florida, Wendy Pawelczyk and her husband Christopher of Winchester, N.H.; Kathleen Plummer and her husband Henry of Keene, N.H.; Melinda Wolhok of Keene, and Tamra Pidgeon of Brandon, Vt.: siblings Elizabeth Nardolilli and Stephen Brown, both of Florida: grandchildren Matthew, Kyle, Brock, Troy, and Christina Pidgeon; Mychaela, Brie, Aaron, and Amanda Royce; Stephanie Jones; Adam, Randy, Emma, and Robert Plummer; John Wolhok; Jimmy Engels; and Ashley, Robbie, Alicia, Levi, and Jaxon Wolhok; and many great-grandchildren and extended family members.
She was predeceased by her loving husband Robert Pidgeon; sons Wendell Pidgeon and Dalton Handy; and brother Clifford “Jake” Brown.
Linda will be inurned at her family plot at Evergreen Cemetery in Cornwall, Vt., and a celebration of her life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Linda M. Pidgeon’s name to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center — Kingsbury Pavilion at Cheshire Medical Center, 580 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431 (CheshireHealthFoundation.org).
Fletcher Funeral Home of Keene, has been entrusted with the arrangements. To express condolences or to share a memory of Linda, visit FletcherFuneralHome.com.◊
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