Linda Cranford

- 2023

In loving memory of Linda Cranford, who passed away on July 30, 2023. She was the devoted
wife of David Cranford, a loving mother of Gina and Kim, and an encouraging sister to Joe and
Vicki Sweginnis and all her many friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Linda was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her
own. She was a strong woman who faced many challenges in her life with courage and dignity.

Linda was born in Brooklyn, New York to Irene and Joseph Sweginnis, Linda was a loving and
independent child with a passion for family. She was our biggest cheerleader and our constant
supporter. She provided her shoulder to cry on and then guidance to move forward.  She didn’t
hesitate to give her love or support when we were in need. Our mother was an amazing person
who never met a stranger and would care for all those in need. She was constantly taking in
stray animals to provide the care, food and shelter they needed, even if our father was not
thrilled about it. She was as stubborn as a mule but as caring and tender with the hands of a
surgeon.  Our mother gave us the stubborn streak along with the hugs, kisses and tender gestures
to pass to her grandchildren.

Linda is predeceased by her parents. She is survived by her husband, David Cranford; her
brother Joseph Sweginnis, II; her sister Vicki Sweginnis; her two children, Gina Leach and
Kimberly Jennings; and her three grandchildren, Addison, Cameron and Junior.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Linda’s name to Parkinson’s Foundation.
Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date.

Mother, you will always be in our hearts, and we will never forget you. We love you so much.
Rest in peace.


6 tributes for Linda Cranford

  1. Jean and Bob Schoen

    Bob and I are so sorry for your loss. We have very fond memories of Linda and David from our time in Charlotte. They knew how to put on a great feast! Best fried chicken I have ever had. Linda’s Paella was the one of the best. We are glad she is past her suffering and is in a better place. Our prayers and love go out to the entire family.

  2. Christi Cranford

    Linda had a warm spirit and loving soul. I am thankful she loved my cousin David and married into the Cranford family. I am going to miss her warm welcomes.

  3. Greg Cranford

    I will miss Linda. Stay strong David.

  4. Susan Cranford

    Linda was always a welcoming presence at our reunions. And for David and family,
    “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.” – Joshua 1:9
    – Sending love and light from the children of your Uncle Nivin.

  5. Sharon Snow

    Oh, my, I will miss Linda. She was always a bright spot in any conversation. My heart goes out to David and Kim and Gina and all those that loved her.

  6. Maxine Wright

    I don’t know where to begin. Linda has been my neighbor for the longest time. Linda wasn’t just a neighbor though she was my dear friend and like a second mom to me. We could could talk for hours about anything. She loved animals and it was evident in her love for her dogs. She had so much passion and she loved to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. She brought so much joy to so many people. She will definitely be missed by so many! Sending much love to David, Kim and Gina. Thank you for sharing Linda with the rest of us!


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