She was the daughter of Stella (Dryfoos) and Max Joseph Lindner, the founder of the Lindner Company, a women's clothing store in Cleveland, Ohio. Her family was of German Jewish descent. She and husband Lee had four children: John Eastman, an entertainment attorney; Linda McCartney (now deceased), rock photographer, musician, animal rights activist, and wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney; and younger daughters Laura and Louise. Paul and Linda's four children: Heather, Mary, Stella and James were born after her death. Of the four McCartney children, Heather Louise McCartney and James Louis McCartney have middle names to honor their maternal grandmother. She was a passenger on American Airlines Flight 1 on March 1, 1962, which crashed shortly after take-off from New York International Airport (Idlewild) en route to Los Angeles.