Linda Jean Ringer (Thornton)
Linda grew up in Merced, California with her brother, Gary Thornton and sister, Debbie Swinford. She is the daughter of Katherine Ficklin and Edward Thornton.
In 1964 Linda spent her senior year in Hawaii and then went to San Jose Jr. College.
Linda moved to Westwood, California with her husband, James Welch, and together they had two children, a daughter, Jessica Farrell and a son, Jamie Welch.
Linda loved the mountains and lived in Westwood for most of her life. Linda was a wonderful mother and lived for her family. Linda’s love and kindness was a gift to whoever knew her.
Linda was married a second time to her loving husband, Walter Ringer, whom she lived with until her death in Chico, California.
Linda was blessed with three grandchildren, Kailey Farrell, 25, Cameron Farrell, 22, and little Bonnie Jean Welch, just eight months old. Linda was lucky enough to see Bonnie come into this world, and she was so happy to see her son become a father. Kailey and Cameron were blessed to have the best grandmother a kid could ask for. Linda loved her grandkids so much.
At the time of Linda’s passing, she was surrounded by the family she loved. Linda’s faith was strong and she is now in a place where her soul is at peace, just like this quote from one of Linda’s favorite songs, “I’ll fly away, oh glory I’ll fly away. When I die, Hallelujah, by and by I’ll fly away,” by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welsh. Linda’s family will be having a private celebration of life as per her wishes.