Linda Suzanne (Torrey) Dugas, 67, of Southampton, MA passed away on December 29, 2020 at Baystate Medical Center after a short illness. Linda was born November 29, 1953 in Greenfield, MA the daughter of Elizabeth P. Torrey of Pompano Beach, FL and the late Richard E. Torrey. Linda grew up a resident of Easthampton, MA.
After graduating from Easthampton High School in 1972, Linda attended Baystate Medical School of Nursing and later received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and Masters Degree in Education from St. Joseph’s College Maine. She began her career as a registered nurse working at Baystate Medical Center and later as the school nurse and administrator for the Gateway Regional School district where she retired from in 2015.
Upon graduating from medical school she married her husband of 44 years, Denis J. Dugas and raised their family of three sons in Southampton, MA. Linda’s warm, caring and fun loving personality was adored by many. Everyone Linda met, she welcomed with open arms and immediately became a friend. She was active throughout the community serving on various organizations and always could be found cheering on her sons at ballgames and spending cherished time with friends and family. Known for her artistic talents, Linda was skilled in basket weaving, quilting and painting and shared those talents with others in her basement classes. Linda enjoyed spending time in the summers at the family’s home on Cape Cod relishing the beautiful beaches and ocean air. She also treasured her annual trips to Maui with her husband.
Linda is survived by her husband Denis J. Dugas of Southampton, MA, son Eric J. Dugas and daughter-in-law Melissa Dugas of Norfolk, MA, son Brian A. Dugas of Southampton, MA, son Jeffrey M. Dugas and daughter-in-law Martha Dugas of Southampton, MA as well as six loving grandchildren, William, Jack, Sara, Jakob, James and Matthew. She is also survived by mother Elizabeth P. Torrey of Pompano Beach, FL, mother and father-in-law Lorraine and Arthur Dugas of Sun City Center, FL, brother David Torrey of Santa Rosa, CA, sister Diane Pacocha and brother-in-law Edward Pacocha of Ludlow, MA, sister Jennifer Torrey of Santa Rosa, CA, brother-in-law Michael Dugas, Sister-in-law Pamela Dugas and her husband Todd of Easthampton, MA, nieces and nephews Alyson, Haley, Katie, Hannah, Tara, Kristopher, Melissa, Zachary and countless other relatives and friends.
The family is planning to celebrate Linda’s life during a private ceremony to take place at a later date. The family asks that In lieu of flowers, donations be made in memory of Linda Dugas to the Massachusetts General Hospital, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114 0221 or at https://because.massgeneral.org/LindaDugas.
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