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Dorothy Jane Linden, 93, of Midland, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Candlestone Assisted Living surrounded by love. She was born and raised in Traverse City, MI on December 23, 1924 to the late Loren and Dorothy (Holiday) Bensley. On June 10, 1952 she married John B. Linden who predeceased her.

Jane graduated from Traverse City Central High School and received her Bachelors of Education and a Masters in Education from Central Michigan University. Jane was a much-loved kindergarten teacher. She taught her entire career at Midland Public Schools. She was a proud recipient of the Gerstacker Excellence in Teaching Award. Jane was a participating member in the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority and P.E.O. She was a member of and volunteered for the First United Methodist Church. She enjoyed her group of quilting ladies from the First United Methodist Church. Jane loved the home she and her husband John designed and built in Midland. They would spend their summers at the cottage on Long Lake and for 25 years, they were the owners of the The Village Shop in Leland, MI. In her later years her grandchildren and great grandchildren brought much joy to her.

Jane is survived by her children; Jennifer (Terry) Gay, Jill (John) Shinners, Joline (Jack) Potter, grandchildren; John (Georgia) Gay, James (Courtney) Gay, Jeremy (Lisa) Gay, James Shinners, John Shinners and fiancé Courtney Cox, Jorja Potter and great grandchildren, Hannah, Aubrey and Linden.

Jane was predeceased by her siblings, Jackson Bensley, Loren Bensley and Nancy Sleder.

We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the staff at Candlestone Assisted Living for the wonderful, loving care they gave Mom. Her last few years were greatly enriched because of this loving community. And lastly, we would like to thank Southern Care Hospice for the role they played in making Mom’s life so peaceful and comfortable.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am, on June 2, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church. Friends may visit with the family from 10 am until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Southern Care Hospice or Hickory Hills, Traverse City at www.preservehickory,com.