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10300 Richmond Road
Warsaw, VA 22572
Phone: 804-333-3770
Fax: 804-333-0079
Linda Burrell

Linda Meara Burrell

Wednesday, January 5th, 1949 - Thursday, January 2nd, 2020
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Linda Meara Burrell, 70, of Hague lost a valiant battle with ALS disease on Thursday, January 2, 2020. She passed away peacefully at home. Linda was the daughter of the late Milan R. Cillo and the late Virginia Williams Cillo and the stepdaughter of Lucy Cillo of Vernon Hills, Illinois. She was the beloved wife of Jon C. Burrell of Hague. Linda was born in Chicago, Illinois where she worked as the Home Furnishings Fashion Director for Carson Pirie Scott and traveled the world in search of special home furnishings that had to pass her very critical eye. She spent much of her adult life in Maryland where she was an elected official of the town commission in St. Michael's and in Annapolis, Md where she served for 18 years as the Membership Services Director for the Maryland Municipal League. While at the MML, she was honored by the governor of Maryland for creating and editing a book about municipal government in Maryland. She was also honored by the University of Maryland for her role in guiding the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance, which taught the art of governance to local government officials. In 2010 she and Jon retired to their home near the Potomac River in Hague.

In addition to her husband and stepmother, Linda is survived by her loving sons: Colin Meara (Allison) of Charleston, SC; Travis Burrell (Rebecca) of Hanover, MD; and Darren Burrell (Cara) of Pottstown, PA. Linda leaves behind five cherished grandchildren: Ava, James, Caleb, Graham and Aidan. She is also survived by her devoted sisters: Robyn Metallo (Robert) of Coles Point, VA; Dawn Cillo (LeRoy Fanslow) of Port Barrington, IL; Susan Cargill (John) of Hanover Park, Il; and JoAnn Aiello (Rick) of Buffalo Grove, Il. She is also survived by her furry buddy Gus, the wonder dog and goodwill ambassador, who brought much joy to her life.....including "Wine Time" that he reminded her occurred every day at 4pm.

Linda was a kind and creative soul. She loved beachcombing and some of her best beach finds were made into exquisite sea glass jewelry which she marketed as "RivahLyn Jewelry". Each piece was individually crafted and named. Her artistic skills were duly noted when she was juried into the prestigious North American Sea Glass Festival in Lewes, Delaware. She was further noted by the local press as a featured artist of the month. She had a passion for collecting snowman ornaments and the last count exceeded 400. She asked that her collection be donated to a children's hospital. Above all, Linda loved her family and the life that she and Jon created in their Northern Neck home.

A celebration of Linda’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on January 18, 2020 at the Welch Funeral Home Marks Chapel in Warsaw, Virginia. Please come prepared to share memories of Linda and spend time with her family honoring a life well-lived.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel.

A reception following the service will be held at 4:00 p.m. at General's Ridge Vineyard, 1618 Weldons Drive, Hague, VA 22469.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you honor Linda’s courage in battling ALS by making a donation in her honor to the ALS Association, 1275 K Street NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005.
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  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Welch Funeral Home- Marks Chapel
    10300 Richmond Road
    WARSAW, VA 22572
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  • Service

    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, January 18th, 2020 2:00pm
    Welch Funeral Home- Marks Chapel
    10300 Richmond Road
    WARSAW, VA 22572
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Reception

    General's Ridge Vineyard
    1618 Weldons Drive
    HAGUE, VA 22469
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    Reception to start at 4:00 p.m.


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Dawnie Cillo

Posted at 11:29pm
Growing up, Linda and Robyn were always Better Homes and Gardens, Artistic, and "different drummers". Larry and I were baseball, tents and gymnastics.
It wasn't until I saw Linda as Commissioner of St Michael's, MD.that I saw my big sister in a different light. She was generous and giving back to community, doing "good" for community in local government. I strived in business after my mom but I found what I was missing later in life. Giving back as Linda did. I found my heart in community because of her. When I was elected as Trustee in my community, I called Linda first! She said she was so proud of me. I told her it was because of her and all the things she did. I told her I loved her but I never told her I looked up to her.
Well, I'm looking up at you now Linda to let you know I always have...

Jon Burrell

Posted at 04:10pm
Grief I've learned is really just love.
It's all the love you want to give but cannot.
All of that unspent love gathers up in the corners of your eyes.....
The lump in your throat....
That hollow part of your chest...
And in your Heart.
Grief is just love with no place to go....

Jon Burrell

Posted at 03:52pm
Who comes and steals the ones we love?
One by one they go.
Out of sight..
We can no longer give the love we had...
Where does that go?
Where do we put that?
All those beautiful memories...
That are supposed to build into the older years...
The smiles when spoken of??
Where do our hearts belong now??
No one can take that pain from us.
No words, no embraces, no second chances.
It's just gone.......
......I know there are thieves beyond the stars,
The ones that take our loved ones.
Steal our hearts.
Steal our words.
All the words that no longer have any place to go.
JGD "Poems From the Box"


Posted at 01:56pm
Linda made lovely jewelry.

Steven Salls

Posted at 11:27pm
RIP Lyn,My condolence to Jon and Family.

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