February 2, 2019




Linda Anne Patchett, age 73, enjoyed her final breath of paradise on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

Linda was born on Aug. 5, 1945 in Milford, Connecticut. At age 10 her family moved from Milford to Miami, Florida. After graduating from Miami Norland Senior High School, Linda followed in her father’s footsteps, becoming one of the first women in the state of Florida to pursue a career as a licensed optician.

In the 1970s, after establishing herself in the boutique eyewear scene, Linda pursued her lifelong dream of living in the Florida Keys. During her time in Key West she managed and owned an assortment of businesses including the Op Shop, Sears Optical, Conch Kids Commute and Eye-Eye-Eye to name a few.

Between having a funky taste in eyewear, art, music, food and friends, while raising a child later in life, Linda was anything but ordinary. If asked, Linda would say she lived every day worth living, she loved this colorful blend of business and pleasure she called life.

If anyone is interested in visiting Linda, her ashes will be scattered at the Southernmost Point.