Linda Brayer Stone

  • Born: August 14, 1946
  • Died: March 11, 2013
  • Location: Laurel, Maryland

Donaldson Funeral Home PA

313 Talbott Ave
Laurel, MD 20707
Tel. (301) 725-1690

Tribute & Message From The Family

Linda Hayden Brayer Stone of Laurel, MD, died suddenly Monday, March 11, 2013, at Laurel Regional Hospital, Laurel, MD, at the all-too young age of 66. Linda was born August 14, 1946 in Rochester, NY, to the late Franklin Brayer and Mary Brayer, both of Rochester.

Linda is survived and deeply mourned by:
Her loving husband, Garold Raymond Stone, in Laurel, MD;
Her two beloved sons: Jesse Brayer Stone, wife Rachel Mclaren, and cherished first grand-daughter Ella, in Iowa City, IA; Eliot Hayden Stone and fiancé, Allison Troy, in Downingtown, PA;
Her seven caring siblings: Mary Anne Trupei; Suzanne Valentine and husband William; Jean Tomasso and husband Dave; Laurie Nicoles; Charlie Brayer and wife Patricia; Thomas Brayer and wife Amy; and John Brayer; all in Rochester, NY;
Her dearest mother-in-law Dorothy Stone, in Laurel, MD;
And so many other relatives, friends and colleagues.

Linda earned a Masters of Science in Counseling from Catholic University, DC., and a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, from University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

She worked many years as a drug and alcohol counsellor for Prince George's County, before establishing her own private family therapy practice. She supervised UMD Family Therapy masters candidates, and advocated successfully for Family Therapy in Maryland. After retiring, she volunteered as a resource counsellor and board member of many charitable organizations, including Laurel Advocacy and Referral Service (LARS), Ignatian Volunteer Corp, Gabriel Network, and Pro Bono Counselling,

She was a very active organizer in St. Nicholas Catholic Church, Laurel, MD. She also had many dear friends that she met with regularly for mutual spiritual and social support. Everyone she met -- friend or stranger, experienced how Linda was always fully present with each of us -- in person or a call or a note or a thoughtful little gift. Linda loved doing her crafts and watercolor paintings, which she gifted freely. May everyone she ever loved spend the rest of our lives sharing our caring, inner Linda with others, especially those we find in need.

Inurnment was held at the Maryland Veterans' Cemetery, Crownsville.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Gary, I am very sorry about your wife's death. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you and your family. Sharlene Deskins

Posted by Sharlene Deskins - Seabrook, MD   July 26, 2013

All our love, thoughts and prayers to the family on the loss of cousin Linda

Posted by Mark J Brayer - East Victor, NY - 1st cousin   March 19, 2013

Gary and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family.

Judy and Art

Posted by Judy and Art Thacher - Westminster, MD - Friends   March 17, 2013

Gary, I want to express how grateful I am to Linda and you for the way you've helped people. Linda's involvement with the Mid-Atlantic chapter of AAMFT helped countless practitioners (including me) and clients. Similarly, your work with the MHHOA helps so much. You two found paths to make a real differences. I thank Linda for her help for so many. Obviously, service to others is a value you both shared and accomplished.

Posted by Jay McKeel - Laurel, MD - friend   March 15, 2013

You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Homer and Terrie Haas - Lake Havasu City - cousin   March 15, 2013

I have known Linda for many years. I appreciate her special qualities that made it easy and comfortable to work with her. I wish to convey my deepest sympathy to her family.

Posted by Liz Vanden Heuvel - Annapolis, MD - fellow family therapist   March 15, 2013

We met Linda and Gary when their eldest son Jesse married our first, or eldest, granddaughter Rachel. We got to know Linda and Gary better when they came to our Laurel home for lunch and an afternoon of visiting - on more than one
occasion. We liked them both, and were pleased that our Rachel had such great in-laws. Linda was one of the sweetest, gentlest, most loving and giving ladies we knew.
As Rachel had pointed out, Linda was in a similar position as I was - mother of two sons with a first grandchild being a little girl! Her first granddaughter was Ella, whom she loved dearly; and my first granddaughter was Rachel, whom I love dearly. This relationship brought her, as well as me, the outpouring of newly awakened grandmother bonding and love. In this role, Linda took lots of photos of Ella and shared them - many with us. I too had taken lots of photos of Rachel and shared them. Some of the best photos we have of her granddaughter Ella, who is also our great-granddaughter Ella, are photos that Linda took and shared with us. We'll think of her every time we look at them.
We feel privileged to have known Linda; and are thankful that we hope to see her one day again when it is our turn to enter God's presence in Heaven. Ian and Ginnie

Posted by Ginnie McLaren - Marco Island, FL   March 14, 2013

I wrote a Haiku for your wedding, but I just don't have it in me now. We'll miss you Linda.

Posted by Wayne & Gloria Straight - Sykesville, MD - Friend   March 14, 2013