• Linda S. Gaut (Hunt)

    LINDA S. GAUT

    July 30, 2022

    Linda S. Gaut (Hunt), 64, of Chittenango, NY, passed away peacefully in the company of her loving family and with her loyal pup, Jojo, by her side in the home where they all grew together. Linda was born on April 12, 1958, in Syracuse, NY, to Arthur Hunt and his beloved Edith Hunt (Culver), both predeceased. On October 23, 1976, Linda married the love of her life, Ricky L. Gaut—soon to be Ricky L. Gaut, “Sr.” A short drive west down the interstate I-90 and the newlyweds would find themselves in Niagara Falls, then dubbed the Honeymoon Capital of the World. The following year, Linda and Rick would begin raising the first of their three “prides and joys,” Ricky Jr. A brother, Michael and a sister, Jennifer, would come to follow. Each would be born nearly three years apart. Linda was an accomplished and devoted mother, daughter, wife, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She dedicated her life to being the greatest mother that any child could dream of, and she was an indispensable administrator for her husband’s businesses in both commercial and residential contracting (R.L. Gaut). On top of that, Linda had gainful employment at a former USPS Remote Encoding Center, and she built lifelong friendships working for eleven years and becoming a supervisor at Madison County’s Department of Social Services (DSS), where her eldest son, Ricky, carries on her legacy today as groundskeeper. Linda retired from Madison County DSS in 2015. Above all else, Linda cherished her role as “Mema” to her loving grandchildren. Her young ones were her greatest gift given and received. Nothing was more precious to her than her grandkids, and nothing brought her more joy than a sleepover with a big bowl of ice cream and “A Dog’s Journey” on DVD. When they couldn’t be together in person, they used FaceTime to keep close-by. “I love you,” Linda would say to her grandkids. Each and every call ended the same way. “I love you more, Mema.” Before falling ill Linda and Rick traveled the country with Linda’s sister and brother-in-law, Bootsie and Nick Jones. They took in Nashville and all the sights, sounds and history of the country music Rick had introduced to Linda in their youth. The spirits of those sounds rode with them all the way west to their many desired hotspots such as Sturgis and Mount Rushmore. The family is grateful Linda and Rick had these experiences together while Linda was able and well. Linda is predeceased by her sister, Patricia Liberatore (née Hunt), of Florida. She is survived by her husband of 45 glorious years, Rick Gaut Sr., their three beautiful children and their spouses, Ricky L. Gaut Jr. and Katelin Helmer-Gaut of Verona, NY, Michael A. Gaut and Kelly Gaut (Richards) of Syracuse, NY, and Jennifer L. Carroll (née Gaut) and Derek Carroll of Victor, NY; grandchildren Niccolena (15) and Trey (9) to Ricky/Katelin; Carter (12) and Savannah (8) to Jennifer/Derek. Linda is survived, too, by a multitude of siblings, including sister Edith (Bootsie) Jones of Northern Virginia, and sisters Sandra Williams, Kathy McCarthy, Diane Perry, and Cheryl Meeks of CNY; brothers Arthur Jr. (Art), Richard (Rick), Gregory (Greg) and Timothy (Tim), each of CNY residence. A very special thank you is bestowed upon the staff of Upstate Hematology Oncology in Oneida, NY, and to the Upstate Radiation Oncology Oneida staff, too, and all medical center staff and personnel at Oneida Hospital. Each day, each week, each visit, Linda fought proudly with you by her side. Visiting hours will be held at the G.F. Zimmer Funeral Home, 702 Legion Drive, Chittenango, NY, on Friday, August 5th from 4pm-7pm. A Graveside Service will be provided on Wednesday, August 10th at 10am and presided over by a family chosen Minister. It is here Linda’s ashes will be placed in her final resting bench, where she will one day be reunited with her husband in Union Cemetery at 3717 Welsh Church Rd. in Erieville, NY. Linda will be eulogized by her children at the cemetery funeral service, and you are all welcome and encouraged to attend. In the event of rain, an overhead tent is provided. 

  • 11 comments

    My dear friend, you are so loved by so many. I will miss you, even tho we haven’t been able to get together the past few years. I will miss our texting each other. You were always in my thoughts. I love you

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    You made me a writer and a storyteller, and "If anyone should ever write my life story... for whatever reason there might be... You'll be there..." (Gladys Knight) Mom, you're the best thing that ever happened to me. I love you so much and I cannot wait to see you again. Thank you for the model you provided. You and Dad both built so much together. There are no words for how much it impresses me. You are amazing. I'll talk to you later. Love, Michael

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    We are so very sorry for your loss. God Bless you all.

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    She was loved by many..and gave all her love to her family and friends.. May she rest in Peace..

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    Linda, even though we haven’t seen each other much though out the years you left a lasting impression on me. You were such a loving and caring person. We were talking a few years back and found out that your daughters niece and nephew are my grandchildren. I wished we could of had more time to spend together but the good Lord wanted to bring his special angel home. We send our sincere condolences love and prayers to Linda’s family and friends ❤️🙏

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    I did not know Linda, but her son Mike and his wife Kelly, so I know how wonderful she must have been. My heart breaks for you.

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    My sincere condolences to Linda's family My heart break's for you all! I hope that you can all find some comfort with all the wonderful memories you shared together!RIP Linda!

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    Katelynn and Ricky so sorry for your loss I feel your pain losing a mom is the hardest thing ever as you know I lost my mom last year she is in a heavenly place and you will all be joined together someday in a heavenly world .. my prayers are with you guys ..

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    Deepest sympathies to Mike and all the Gaut family from the Hinkle family.

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    I always admired Linda for so many of her traits, to me she just represented the perfect projection of a wife, mother and friend. She was truly a gem of a woman and I am so grateful that I was able to get to know her and her family by sharing their love of their daughter/sister Jenny who I proudly call my daughter in law! My sincerest and deepest sympathy to you all.

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    I always admired Linda for her traits.To me she represented the perfect collaboration of a wife, mother and friend. I was fortunate to be able to know Linda and her family by sharing their love for their daughter/sister Jenny, who I proudly call my daughter in law❤ My deepest and sincerest sympathy to Linda's family. Heaven gained another angel😇🙏

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