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Linda Sue (Farley) Decker

SHARON — Linda Sue Farley Decker, 73, of Sharon died with her family by her side on Dec. 5, 2020, at Vassar Brothers Hospital.

Linda was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Sharon, the daughter of Barbara Riley Farley and the late James Joseph Farley. 

Linda spent her formative years in the Amenia Union section of Sharon, utilizing the Ten Mile River, various open fields and buildings as her playground with her five sisters. 

Linda graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1965. Shortly after high school, Linda married her high school sweetheart, John Decker, on April 22, 1967, and they moved to Fort Hood, Texas, before his deployment to Vietnam. They returned to Sharon following his discharge from the Army. 

Linda spent the early part of her career at Multi-Service as an account manager and later joined Salisbury Bank & Trust Company. It was through her work at the bank where Linda —also known as “Linda F” — truly became a pillar of the community. Known for her affable personality and willingness to help, she embodied the “customer is always right” mantra and went above and beyond to deliver personalized attention and care to her community members. Customers often reported feeling a sense of comfort seeing Linda on the platform, knowing she would solve any of their concerns; and the employees she supervised drew inspiration from her patience and support of them. 

Linda retired from the bank after serving as a Customer Service Representative, Assistant Branch Manager, Branch Manager and Assistant Vice President.

After her retirement, Linda took enormous pride in caring for her grandchildren and attended every performance, game and important event. 

Linda loved the ocean and spent many years traveling to Plum Island, Virginia Beach, and Rhode Island. She often remarked there was nothing more comforting than going to sleep hearing the waves crash. Perhaps more than her own love of the ocean, she took great pleasure watching her grandkids frolic in the small waves and build sandy structures around her.

Linda was loved by all for her positive attitude, generous spirit, and unflappable devotion to her family.

Linda is survived by her mother, Barbara; her son, Thomas and his wife, Linda; her daughter, Tammy and her life partner, Dylan; her three grandchildren, Nathan John, Tyler John and Chloe Mae; her step-grandchild, Christopher; her five sisters, Diane Robertson and her husband, Jim, Jill Hill and her husband, Joe, Jackie Marston and her husband, Richard, Sue Hafford and her husband, Ken, and JoAnn Brazee; her nieces and nephews, George Jr., Wendy, James, Michael, Aaron, Nadia, Bryce, Stacey, Jessica, Shannon, Adam and William; and many more great-nieces and -nephews.

For her many family and friends to be able to celebrate Linda, the family will hold a memorial service in the late spring of 2021. 

For her love of Christmas and her belief that every child should have their Christmas wish come true, memorial contributions can be sent to the Salisbury Family Services Holiday Program. Checks can be mailed to Salisbury Family Services, P.O. Box 379, Salisbury, CT 06068.

Arrangements are under the care of the Kenny Funeral Home in Sharon.

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