LITCHFIELD – Linda M. Averill, 72, died unexpectedly Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at her home with her husband by her side.

She was born in Camden July 31, 1949, the daughter of Ivan and Ruth (Hersey) Carter.

Linda attended Searsport High School and earned her associate degree from the University of Southern Maine. She worked in the schools and group homes as a behavioral specialist.

Linda enjoyed cooking, building, quilting, kayaking and hiking the Appalachian Trail. She supported her sons’ racing team, Twin Motorsports, for many years. Linda enjoyed watching her niece, Allison, play basketball for Bowdoin College and most recently as she coached at Bates College. She went on several of these trips with her granddaughter. She also loved attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and was known for making dishes for football and lacrosse team suppers.

Linda loved spending time with her family at their camp in Upper Enchanted and taking their boat, the Angus W., to their ocean cottage, the Binnacle, on Matinicus Island. She and her husband recently bought a home in Florida, where she enjoyed spending the winters. Linda’s great-granddaughter, Josie, was the love of her life and brightened her days. Terry and Linda would have celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary Dec. 27, 2021.

Linda is survived by her husband, Terry Averill, and their dog, Piper, of Litchfield; her mother, Ruth (Hersey) Carter, of Scarborough; twin sons Mark Averill and Kelly Pelletier, and Doug Averill and his wife, Danielle, of Litchfield. She is also survived by her four grandchildren, Matthew Averill and his wife Hannah, Kelsey Averill and Gage Pessant, Jonathan Averill and his fiancée Renee Cote, and Austin Averill; her great-granddaughter, Josie Averill; and a great-grandson who is due in March. She is also survived by her brother, Michael Carter, and his wife, Wendy; her sister, Patti Lowell, and her husband, Jim; and several nieces and nephews.

Linda was predeceased by her father, Ivan Carter, and wife Ellie, stepfather John Burke, and grandmother Sadie May Hersey.

There will be a celebration of Linda’s life at a later date in the spring at Matinicus Island and Litchfield Plains Cemetery.

Arrangements are with Staples Funeral Home and Cremation Care, Gardiner. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the Staples Funeral Home website: familyfirstfuneralhomes.com.

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