Lynda McClaud Self, 56, Was Nurse, Craftsperson

Lynda McClaud Self died peacefully on Oct. 19 after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer. Lynda was born in Wilson, N.C., on March 11, 1947, the daughter of Harriet Bolles McClaud and Edward McClaud. She attended Rogers Hall Academy from 1961 to 1965 and was graduated from Centenary College in 1967.

Lynda received her RN degree from the Englewood Hospital School of Nursing in 1978, and subsequently worked for many years as an operating room nurse at the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J. It was there that she met Dr. Edward Self, and they were happily married in 1985.

Lynda's many interests and loves included her family, her miniature schnauzers, Sam, Allie, and Sadie, and her needlepoint. She loved to clam with her puppies by her side on the point at Cape Pogue, and to cook and laugh with her family and friends.

After her children were grown in 1993, Lynda founded and was president of Vineyard Stitches, a retail business specializing in custom needlepoint, on Martha's Vineyard. This allowed her to pursue her lifelong interest in needlepoint which had been instilled in her by her mother as a young child. This also allowed her to remain on the Vineyard for much of each year - a place she loved. Lynda also loved her home on Kiawah Island in South Carolina, where she was an avid and competitive golfer.

Lynda was a member of the Edgartown Yacht Club, the National Needlework Association, the Governor's Club of Kiawah, S.C., and the Kiawah Ladies Organization of Golfers.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward B. Self Jr. of Ridgewood, N.J.; her daughter and son in law, Meredith and Robert Antonelli of Ridgewood, N.J., and her son, Douglas Kennedy of San Jose, Calif.; her stepson, Edward B. Self 3rd of Orlando, Fla., and stepdaughter, Rachel M. Self of Boston; her two grandchildren, Madeleine Kennedy Antonelli and Avery Marie Antonelli; her sister, Pamela Anderson of Norwood, and her father, Edward McClaud of Bellair, Fla.

Visiting hours were on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the C.C. Van Emburgh Funeral Home, 306 East Ridgewood avenue in Ridgewood, N.J. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Valley Hospital or the Luckow Pavilion Cancer Center in Ridgewood, N.J.