Linda and Martin were married for 40 years and lived a traditional life shared with their love of dogs. Linda was a school principal and Martin worked as a safety manager and chemical engineer.
Linda & Martin's Wedding in 1978
Linda's multiple illnesses caused her to retire early and Martin became her devoted caregiver for over the past 9 years. They were a conventional married couple with a secret.
Martin repressed his true gender for almost 70 years. With Linda's full support, they began Martin’s (now Madison's) full transition into society together. Linda and Madison made plans for Madison to complete her transition with sex reassignment surgery so Madison could live a life consistent with her true authentic self in the remaining time they had together.
In early 2017, Madison and Linda mortgaged their home to pay for Madison’s surgery. As the date approached for Madison’s departure in mid September to Bangkok for the surgery, Linda was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease, with a prognosis that suggested Linda might have a year to live.
After much discussion among themselves and with close friends, Linda and Madison decided that Madison should go ahead with her surgery in Bangkok, so that Linda would have time to be with Madison in this new transformation before she died.
Madison recovering from surgery September 23, 2017:
Unfortunately, Linda died under hospital care while Madison was in Bangkok recovering from her surgery.
Linda in the hospital September 25, 2017:
Madison is devastated from the loss of her supporting wife and will be returning home in mid October to an empty house with only the love of their 2 dogs, Dylan and Chloe.
Dylan, the Scotie and Chloe, the Westie:
Because of Linda’s untimely death, Madison will loose the joint retirement income benefits, and their savings have dwindled due to unforeseen medical and funeral expenses.
The money accumulated through this fund will be used to assist Madison with medical bills and to replace lost income from Linda’s unfortunate death. Madison will be faced with many hard decisions, both immediate and long term. It’s almost unbearable to make such decisions while suffering this loss. There will be immediate financial demands for a grieving spouse during a time of need.
Please help ease Madison’s financial burden and pay tribute to Linda with a donation. We can help a grieving newly transgender spouse by easing their financial responsibilities. By contributing financial aid, we pay tribute to Linda for all her years of supporting her spouse during one of life’s most difficult times. Donated funds will be directly withdrawn by Madison.
A remembrance web page has been created for Linda:
Linda Wesley Remembrance »
And if you can't afford a donation, please help comfort Madison with your blessings and kind words.
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