Linda l. Elsey 71, of Winslow Street, died Saturday afternoon at Samaritan Medical Center, where she had been a patient.

Mrs. Elsey was born January 31, 1942 in Natural Bridge, NY to Cresson and Lena (Paige) Russell. She graduated from Carthage Central School in 1959. Mrs. Elsey worked as a waitress in area restaurants and later was a seamstress at Liliane's Alterations. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Watertown.

Mrs. Elsey was an avid reader and enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are three daughters, Cynthia Ruh, WA, Elizabeth Peer, Watertown, Diana (Michael) Burt, Three Mile Bay; two sons, James"Bucky' (Amy) Elsey III, AK, Daniel (Shannon) Elsey, AK; three sisters, JoAnn (Nolan) Johnson, Watertown, Virginia Carlisle, Brownville and Nancy (Gerald) Cheal, FL; two half-brothers, Kevin Russell and Cresson Russell and a half-sister, Lisa Russell, all of St. Lawrence County; 26 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the First Baptist Church, 207 State St., Watertown, NY 13601

Arrangements are with the Reed & Benoit Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at