Linda J. Pruitt

Born: Mon., Sep. 15, 1947
Died: Wed., May 20, 2020

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  Linda J. Pruitt, 73, passed away, peacefully, at The Grand Nursing Home in Poughkeepsie, New York, on May 20, 2020 after a short illness.   Linda was born in Anderson, South Carolina.  She was the daughter of Leola V. Pruitt and Harold P. Pruitt (both deceased).  Linda was married to Daniel Cummings (deceased) on May 25, 1975.

  Linda is survived by two brothers, Dennis (Patricia) of Chapin, SC and Jerry (Sharon) of Port Angeles, Washington, as well as nieces and nephews.

  As the daughter of a US Navy Airedale, Linda spent her childhood living in South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Trinidad, Puerto Rico, and Newfoundland, while her father flew with the Hurricane Hunters in the Caribbean tracking both hurricanes and submarines. 

  In 1965, Linda made the decision to attend Clemson University where she graduated with honors and distinction in 1969.  Following graduation, Linda started her career at IBM where she worked for more than 40 years.  Even during retirement Linda referred to herself as an “IBMer”- illustrating the fondness and bond she felt for her former employer.

  Linda loved to collect art, china, and had a particular affinity for cairn terriers.  In their younger years, Linda and Dan thoroughly enjoyed gourmet cooking and hosting dinner parties for friends.  Linda was recognized as the true intellectual in a family of accomplished scholars.  She often joked that her parents gave birth to an intellectual (Linda), to an athlete (Dennis) and to a musician (Jerry).Linda loved to keep up with current events, politics, international affairs, music, pop culture, education, and of course, technology. She enjoyed thoughtful conversation with other well-informed persons, and never hesitated to share her own opinions. A lively discussion with Linda was usually laden with wit, banter and sarcasm with her views on social justice firmly expressed. 

  Linda often expressed her affection for and her interest in the activities and accomplishments of her family members, especially those of her nieces and nephews.  Linda will be missed by her family and friends. She will forever be held with high esteem by her friends, and held in the hearts and minds of her family.  In lieu of flowers please donate to Feeding America (  Funeral arrangements are being made by Joseph J.  Darrow Sr. Funeral Home Inc. of Poughkeepsie, NY.



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Judy Davidson
   Posted Sun May 24, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss.

I worked with both Linda and Dan and considered them both friends
as well as co-workers. They were both very generous people. When I had my second daughter, they came down to New :York City to babysit so that I could attend an IBM honorary event that my husband was a part This is something I will never forget.

May she rest in peace.

Suzanne Baur & Nancy LoCicero
   Posted Tue May 26, 2020
Our deepest sympathy at the loss of someone so dear.

We met Linda at IBM and found her to be an intelligent, multi-faceted employee. However, it was through mutual friends that we came to see what a caring, understanding and generous person she was. Over the years, she consistently reached out to people when they needed it most. We will miss her caring spirit.

We celebrate Linda's life and hope that time will help ease your sorrow.

Ann Ehrbar
   Posted Thu May 28, 2020
My sincere sympathy for your loss.

After Dan's passing, Linda and I spent a lot of time together where I came to know what a generous and caring person she was. Those last several years allowed us to grow closer than ever. I'll always remember our long afternoon "post-chore" talks as well as our almost daily quick TV schedule phone calls.

I miss Linda and pray for you during this difficult time.

Jim and Erika Radwan
   Posted Sun June 14, 2020
Our prayers are with you.

Although I did not know Linda very well, just through my uncle Danny, I know she was very special and thoughtful. Peace be with you during this time.

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