Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
6:00 PM-8:00 PM
August 19, 1957 - December 15, 2017
Linda Joy Barrish Prickett, of Townsend, a dedicated middle school teacher, devoted wife, sister, aunt, and friend, lost her oh-so-valiant fight with cancer on December 15, 2017.
She lived for 60 years but Linda’s positive impact will be felt for generations in the work and deeds of hundreds of students she inspired, and the lives and hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Linda was the oldest of Albert and Bernadette Barrish’s four children, and the only daughter in a household with three often-wayward sons. She grew up in Claymont and Arden, and attended Holy Rosary Elementary and St. Mark’s High, where she distinguished herself as a diligent, enthusiastic “A” student — a foreshadowing of her future in education — and loved twirling the baton for the marching band.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Widener University and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware. While pursuing her collegiate education she worked for an accounting firm, managed properties for a developer, and settled into an administrative post at Delmarva Power.
As her best friend Shelly Rumpf says, “Linda’s defining characteristic was that she was constantly reinventing herself.”
One major and surprising change was leaving her lifelong home in Wilmington and its suburbs for rural Townsend after her marriage. Her husband Jeff jokes that her move was a continual one-year trial that she renewed annually for a quarter-century.
The other transformation was even more monumental. She decided private sector work didn’t fulfill her, so she pursued her teaching degree.
She found her true calling as a business teacher in the classrooms at MOT Charter and later Alfred G. Waters Middle School, where she was affectionately known as “Miss Linda” or “Mrs. Prickett.”
She embraced her lead role with Business Professionals of America, grooming students to be entrepreneurs and industry leaders. Her kids won honors across the country, and she reveled in escorting them to award ceremonies and boasting about their accomplishments.
As one of her former students remarked: “I will never forget what she taught me in the classroom and what she continued to teach me long after middle school.” Her legacy will also endure in the memories of her other loves: not only with every child she encountered but also her friends and family.
When she wasn’t encouraging students, Linda had an array of pursuits.
She and Jeff embraced their annual pilgrimage to Chincoteague and trips to their cabin, beach or anywhere four wheels would take them. She collected and sold Longaberger baskets under her Honey Pot Branch, becoming a regional vice president. Her home was adorned with Beanie Babies, figurines of pigs, and dolls.
Let’s not forget her adoration of NASCAR stud Tony Stewart. Or her preppy clothes, and especially Talbot’s. And just shopping in general, sometimes for herself but usually for a loved one.
Linda was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her beloved husband Jeff Prickett and stepson Jason; brother Cris Barrish of Pike Creek and his children Luke and Lizzy, brother Jeff Barrish of Wiesbaden, Germany and his girlfriend Beth, and brother Drew Barrish of Claymont. And last but not least, her precious 17-year-old Pekingese, Princess.
A viewing will be held Thursday, Dec. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Daniels & Hutchison Funeral Home, 212 N Broad St, Middletown, DE 19709. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 22, at funeral home, followed by burial at Townsend Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Linda’s favorite organizations: Business Professionals of America, c/o of Alfred G. Waters Middle School, 1235 Cedar Lane Rd, Middletown, DE 19709; or Beat the Beast, c/o PNC Bank, 200A Dove Run Center, Middletown, DE 19709.