Linda M. Brand, 69, Carthage

CARTHAGE, NY — Linda M. Brand, 69, of State Route 3, Carthage, passed away Sunday night, Nov. 25, 2018, at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse.

Linda was born on March 16, 1949, in Theresa, NY, a daughter of the late Edwin D. and Doris A. (Kilbourn) Dusharm, she attended Carthage Central School.

She worked as a waitress in her younger years at various restaurants from California to New York. She also worked as a custodian and most recently she was employed as the supervisor of the Mess Hall on Fort Drum.

On Nov. 5, 1965, Linda married Charles J. Atnip in Woodhall, Illinois. He died in December 1967.

On June 13, 1981, she married George Brand Sr. in Carthage, NY.

Linda is survived by her loving husband, George; a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Atnip and her companion, Kathy Black, Lafargeville; a son, Duane (Denise) Smith, Evans Mills; two step sons, Robert W. (Andrea) Brand, Van Buren, AK, and George Brand Jr., Van Buren, AK; two brothers, David C. Dusharm, Black River, NY, and Lawrence Dusharm, Carthage, NY; a sister, Mary Sheltray, Carthage, NY; as well as four grandchildren, Nathanial, Diantha, Desiree Smith and Dustin Brand.

She was predeceased by a stepson, Michael Allen Brand, and a brother, Robert Dusharm Sr.

Linda enjoyed animals and gardening. She especially loved her cats, Missy, Zoey, Little Guy, Baby, Chloe and Max.

A calling hour will be held 11 a.m. to noon Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., 500 State St., Carthage. A memorial service will immediately follow in the chapel at noon.

Memorial donations may be made to Jefferson County SPCA at 25056 Water St, Watertown, NY 13601 or to the Animals Against Cruelty charity.

Arrangements are entrusted to Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.

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