Folley, Linda S.

On Saturday, March 19, 2016 at age 56, Linda S. Folley carried out her radical act of love to peacefully and courageously end her life with dignity in her home surrounded by the love of her family and friends. Linda lived with Early Onset Alzheimer's for four years and was determined to live, and to end her life with unwavering dignity.

Linda grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from Brown University in 1981, magna cum laude. She was proud to be the first female conductor of the often-irreverent Brown Marching Band. Linda completed her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado, Boulder in 1988. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Genetics and Development, Cornell University and a Lecturer in Recombinant DNA and Its Applications. Linda worked as a computer programmer and independent contractor for Spider Graphics. She volunteered at several non-profits sharing her computer skills to assist the work of the organizations she supported. She was a philanthropist who helped organizations and individuals, publicly and anonymously. Linda was generous, kind, intelligent, witty, and had a beautiful singing voice. She would regularly delight her family and friends with a song for every occasion. Her mind was geared to incredible detail, and she applied her analytical skills to everything: writing code, conversing with friends, and playing a strategic game of softball. She was a pilot and an active member of the East Hill Flying Club for many years. She loved her years of flying independently, taking friends on trips around the northeast. She fell madly and deeply in love with Camila Faraday. They married and spent 11 wonderful years together creating a shared life of trust, friendship and passion that was filled with laughter, devoted friends and a joint belief that they had each found their true soul mate.

Linda is predeceased by her parents, Joanne Purrington and John D. Folley, Jr. She is survived by her beloved wife Camila Faraday, her stepchildren Jeffrey Raymond Faraday (Melody), Margaret Aurelia Faraday, grandchildren Sparrow and Zinnia Faraday, sister Lisa Rickard (Bruce), nephew Jesse Rickard (Chelsea), niece Hannah Johnson (Dylan), and great nephew and niece Gotham and Violet Johnson, sister Martha Folley, Uncle Steve Bonta, cousins Martha (Mark Rotella), Elizabeth (Bill Moll), Susie, and the next generation Mai, Lila, Sam, and Lulu, life long surrogate family members Lowell and Rachel Swartz and her dog Teddy. She leaves a multitude of beloved and dear friends in the community, especially her best friend Rachel Lampert, those of the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Ithaca, the Kitchen Theater Company, the Ithaca Women's Softball League, Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier, and the Greater Ithaca LGBTQ Community.

Those who knew and loved Linda are bereft, mourning the loss of this exquisite person. Those who never knew her should know of her magnificent spirit. We mourn her passing, but we celebrate every second we had with her.

A celebration of Linda's life will be held in June at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Ithaca.

Please kindly consider making a donation in Linda's memory to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier, Kitchen Theatre Company, or First Unitarian Universalist Society of Ithaca.