Hope M. (Hopie) Linnehan was transported from her earthly home to her eternal home on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. We know she is now in Heaven! Hope was born on March 12, 1927, in Ellsworth Falls to Philip D. Mason and Ruth (Treworgy) Mason.
She attended Ellsworth schools and graduated from Ellsworth High School in the Class of 1945. Following graduation, Hope worked for the New England Telephone Co. as a switchboard operator for several years. On Christmas Day of 1947, Hope married John Linnehan Sr. They celebrated 55 years of marriage in 2002 before John’s passing in August of 2003. Together they raised their son, John Linnehan Jr.
John and Hope were saved, born again, Bible-believing Christians. They were charter members of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Ellsworth. Hope was a great athlete and an avid sportswoman, playing golf, tennis and water and snow skiing. She was especially proud of winning the Ladies Kebo Golf Tournament. Hope was also an accomplished horsewoman, riding her horse, Just Cindy. She was a member of the Ellsworth Drill Team under the direction of Alex Solazano, performing in many area exhibitions. Whatever activity Hope participated in, it was “All or Nothing!”
Hope is survived by her son, Johnny, and wife, Heather, two grandsons, Ryan and wife, Stephanie, from Sellersburg, Ind., and Chadd and wife, Jennifer, from Bangor. She was also very proud of her seven greatgrandchildren, Caleb, Tyler, Riley, Jacob, Bryanna, Kerigan and Kate. Hope is also survived by her brother, Donald Mason, and wife, Jean, of Augusta, along with several nieces and nephews. Hope was predeceased by her husband, her parents and a brother, Philip Mason, and a dear nephew, Wayne Mason.
The family wishes to express much love and gratitude to Hope’s caregivers over these last three years. They have loved and cared for her like family! We especially want to give a huge “shout out” to a special lady who was our family’s number one friend and caregiver, Sharon O’Halloran. She was Hope’s primary caregiver, working very closely with Johnny and Hospice to ensure Hope’s last days physically on this Earth were spent in her own home as comfortably and pain-free as possible. Now, thank God, she is with Jesus and other family members and friends who have gone on before her. God has given her a new spiritual body like His Son, Jesus, and she is more alive now than she ever was before!
Thanks also to Above and Beyond Caregivers (Gina Kennedy), to Beacon Hospice Care and to Phyllis and Denny Ihle for fulfilling a promise that Phyllis made to her dad Arnie Shea before he passed, by providing meals for Hope for the past 17 years! She loved their cooking! Many thanks also to Sharon Bridges for sending Hope a card every week since John passed in 2003! We also appreciate regular visits from her friends Christine Linscott, Sonya Huntley and Mary Rosborough.
A celebration of Hope’s life will be held 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. We will live stream the celebration on John’s Facebook page at facebook.com/JohnLinnehan48 because one great grandson might not be able to attend because of a schedule conflict at his college. Her son, John Linnehan Jr., will be hosting the celebration and invites family and friends to join in light refreshments following the service. Please stay and share your memories and remember the “good old days” with Hope.
If you desire, in lieu of flowers, you many donate to Emmanuel Baptist Church-General Fund, Park and School streets in Ellsworth, ME 04605.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.