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In Memory

Linda Mahoney

Linda Mahoney

Linda Louise Mahoney (Age 73)  
Of Silver Spring, MD passed away suddenly on Monday, March 8, 2021. She was preceded in death by her wife, Edith Miller. Linda received her Juris Doctor at The American University and recently retired from Ernst & Young's General Counsel's Office in Washington, DC. She was a longtime women's activist, dedicating her life to raising awareness for pay equity, equal rights, and human rights, serving on the steering committee for the Women's Legislative Briefing, the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women and the Maryland Women's Heritage Center. She was also the Chair of the Maryland Harriet Tubman Statue Commission, President Emerita of Maryland NOW, and was a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. Linda is survived by two sons, Bill Whitecotton of Phoenix, Arizona and David Whitecotton of Quebec, Canada, siblings, Gary Mahoney, Carol Mahoney, John Mahoney, Joy Staab, Faith Pourkeveh, and Jill Mahoney. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Note:  For those who have asked:  There will be a Memorial Service for Linda Mahoney.  It will be at the Heard Museum, a place she loved to visit whenever in town.  The specific date is still uncertain, but the family is planning for it to be held in September 2021.  We will update as we receive new information.




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03/11/21 07:04 AM #3    

Thomas Kendall

A smart strong leader has passed . . . Many people are saddened as I am also . . . You will be missed but you will be with your lord . . . Rest in Peace Linda.  

03/11/21 10:18 AM #4    

Kathryn "Kate" Parker

Dear Linda,
I am devastated. I heard last night. We were going to get together very soon. You just moved to your new place. I am very very sad for me and David, but I am happy for you, dear. You fought the November election very hard. Thank you. Thank you. Rest in peace.
Love, Kathy Parker

03/11/21 12:51 PM #5    

Diana Maureen Small (Essert)

I'm going to let this be a lesson to myself ~ ALWAYS follow through on the thought to write/tell someone that we love them, we're proud of them, we're thinking of them with fondness, we remember them from long ago.  Ever since high school, I've often mentioned Linda and all the language classes she took because she wanted to become a translator at the United Nations.  Over the years, whenever I've talked about her, I've wondered if she achieved that goal or perhaps went on to even bigger and better things.  She seems to have made a fascinating and fulfilling life and now she's returned to the stars.

03/11/21 01:49 PM #6    

Kathy Garity (Stock)

Maryland NOW wrote a nice tribute to Linda if you care to read it. She was amazing. I will miss seeing her during her visits to the valley.

03/11/21 08:12 PM #7    

Tom Goodfellow

Linda and I would go on recess and play kick ball. P.T. Coe School (~1959-60) Even though I was a goofy kid, I was very aware of Linda's brilliance ...... I have followed her activity on and off through out the years. Her passing hit me pretty hard. We all know what a motivated and driven person she was. She made a difference. Farewell my dear friend ......

03/12/21 10:58 AM #8    

Julia Watson (Frandsen)

Kathy Garity Stock - Thanks for telling us that Maryland NOW had posted a tribute...here it is for all to read:

March 9, 2021

We were very sad to learn of the death of Linda Mahoney, a past President and Treasurer of Maryland NOW. Linda died suddenly on Monday, March 8th, 2021.

Linda joined Maryland NOW and her local chapter, Montgomery County NOW, in 2007. She became our state president in 2010. serving three terms. and was Maryland NOW’s state treasurer from 2018-2020. She worked on numerous projects with our organization, one of her passions being women’s history.

Maryland BPW also benefitted from having her as a member, and she was honored in 2017 as their Woman of Achievement. She was a staunch supporter of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center. Linda served on the board of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women. She had been a member of the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee. She supported many other organizations that championed women’s rights. She held a law degree from American University.

Linda’s family is from Arizona, Oregon, Mississippi and Quebec, Canada. Her wife and partner of 24 years, Edith Miller, died in 2018. As more information becomes available we will add it to this story.

03/12/21 03:49 PM #9    

Nancy Sanson (Porter)

I remember Linda was an editor of our school newspaper. My twin (Rosemary Sanson Frassetto) & I took Journalism class with her. She was a strong & compassionate leader on T-Bird's campus. Rest in peace, Linda, & say hello to my twin :-)

Nancy Sanson Porter

03/13/21 02:05 PM #10    

Dace Blaumanis

Thanks to Julia for posting Maryland NOW's tribute to Linda. Linda was completely dedicated to bettering women's political power. But she was also my steadfast, life-long friend, starting in Arizona and ending in Maryland. We lived close to each other in nearby neighborhoods here in Silver Spring, Maryland, so my husband and I were fortunate to frequently enjoy Linda's (and Edith's) hospitality and generosity of spirit. I miss her.

03/14/21 02:05 PM #11    

Julia Watson (Frandsen)

Dace - We are so fortunate to have known Linda and to have been inspired by her tenacity and caring...

03/16/21 08:01 PM #12    

Julia Watson (Frandsen)

another tribute for linda (from bonnie grabenhofer)....

We recently lost an extraordinary women’s rights activist and a good friend – Linda Mahoney. We knew her best as president of Maryland NOW, but she was also a powerful force throughout Maryland. Linda had a passion for recognizing women in history including her support of the Maryland Women’s Heritage Center and her service as Chair of the Harriet Tubman Statue Fundraising Commission. She improved women’s lives through legislation by serving as a Board Member of the Maryland Legislative Agenda for Women and on the Steering Committee for the Women’s Legislative Briefing. Linda served on the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee and actively campaigned for numerous candidates who support women’s equality including travelling to several states in support of Hillary Clinton. We felt honored to call this incredibly accomplished woman our friend. Linda and Edith welcomed us to Maryland and made sure that we experienced the region’s sights and wonderful food – including the tricks for eating crab. We honor her legacy and miss her friendship.

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