Passed away peacefully on Friday, September 7, 2012 in her 91st year. A lifelong resident of Essex she graduated from Essex District High School and went on to the University of Western Ontario and Victoria Hospital obtaining her BSc Nursing. Her career then started with the Victorian Order of Nurses. She furthered her education in public health at the University of Toronto and became an Ontario regional supervisor with the V.O.N. Then in 1968 she was appointed Director of the Windsor / Essex branch of the V.O.N. Throughout her career, she taught pre-natal classes, worked in “the district” assisting in many newborn deliveries and was instrumental in helping to develop many programs including Home Care and Meals on Wheels in Windsor / Essex. She retired from the V.O.N. in 1982 after a 37 year career. She has been a special Aunt to Susan Young (Paul), and Jim Linton (Brenda) and a great Aunt to Adam, Robin, Erin (Elliott), Scott (Sylvie), Stephanie (Robert) and Sean (Andrea). And she is a great great Aunt to Ayla, Nathan, Max, Avery, Isabella, William, Morgan, Gemma and Jack. She was appointed by the Ontario Ministry of Health to the Essex County District Health Council for a number of years and was honoured for her work in the community receiving the Womens Decade Annual Award in 1982 and 1983. She was recognized for her “unflinchingly high standards of nursing care” receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Windsor in 1979. The Jean Linton Excellence Award for Nurse Practitioners (VON Windsor-Essex County Award) has been established at the University of Windsor in her honour. She was predeceased by her father Jim (1947), mother Veva (1982) and brother Bill (1998) and sister-in-law Peggy (2003). AJ leaves behind a humble legacy of family, community service, many friends and thousands of bridge games throughout the years. Jean is resting at the Kennedy Funeral Home Ltd. (519-776-7378) 128 Talbot Street North Essex on Monday from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted from the funeral home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with reception to follow. Private family Interment will follow at Victoria Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers donations can be made be to the Victorian Order of Nurses. You may send your condolences online at

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