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Linda Louise Walker

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Linda Louise Walker Obituary
On October 8, 2016, Linda Louise Walker left this earth to take her place in Heaven. Loved by so many, her story begins on April 16, 1947, in Porterville, CA, where she was the first and only child born to Guadalupe Gamboa of Porterville and Mary Louise Gonzalez of Strathmore. Linda grew up on the family ranch located off Road 200 in Strathmore, CA, with her beloved grandparents, Juan and Atanacia Gonzalez; her mother; her aunt, Consuelo; and uncles, Pilar, Esau, and Johnny Gonzalez. She enjoyed many visits with her extended family at the ranch that included numerous first and second cousins. She grew up attending Catholic church in Porterville with her family regularly and was solid in her faith in God. Linda moved to Bakersfield with her mother, where she attended St. Francis Parish School, Garces Memorial High School, and graduated from Bakersfield High School. Shortly after graduation, she met her first husband of 18 years, Alton Lee Curtis of Bakersfield, with whom she shared three loving sons: Richard Keith Curtis, Michael Jay Curtis, and John Alton David Curtis. She doted over her sons but raised them knowing the difference between right and wrong.
Linda was blessed to be able to stay home with her sons until their school years, and she was a very loving and devoted mother. As a family, they enjoyed many activities such as bowling, dancing, and spending time visiting with extended family around Kern County. Once the kids were in school, she worked various jobs throughout Kern County in the customer service industry, her longest being a waitress, and later manager, at "The Junction Restaurant" at the Ramada Inn on Buck Owens Ave. While employed there, she met the love of her life, Dennis "Tubby" Walker of Maricopa, whom she married in 1989 at the restaurant where they met.
Linda and Dennis enjoyed their newlywed life together in Bakersfield before moving to Vallejo, Torrance, and then Carson, California, for his work. They later returned to Bakersfield to spend the rest of their days together surrounded by their most prized possessions, their grandchildren. Although they were only together for 10 years before his passing, they found love that would last an eternity. Linda began work at the local Wal-Mart in the craft department, which was her most beloved hobby. She was very skilled in crocheting and made many blankets, scarves, and hats for her loved ones, and later even made numerous blankets to donate to local animal shelters.
Linda loved animals greatly and had several beloved pets throughout her life. She even adopted neighborhood stray cats over the years and always cared for them with an open heart. Compassion was one of her greatest attributes, and her heart was as large as it was pure. She treated everyone around her with great love and always made people feel like they were a part of the family. Her proudest moments were spent as a grandmother and great-grandmother; known as "Granny" to her great-grandchildren, she was always happiest when she was surrounded by her "babies." Linda loved to laugh and enjoyed being around her family.
In her later years, she took care of her ailing Aunt Connie until her death, and then her own mother, Mary; and she put their welfare before her own. Being raised by only her mother, Linda understood devotion and commitment, and she took care of her mother until the bitter end. Together many times it was them against the world, and they always came out on top.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Dennis Walker; her father, Guadalupe Gamboa; and her mother, Mary Louise Gamboa (nee Gonzalez). She is survived by her sons and daughters, Richard and Rachel Curtis, Michael and Wendy Curtis, and John and Lesa Curtis; grandchildren, Jennifer, Laura, Kayla, Kelsey, Kristeen (Brandon), Kennedy, Cassidy, and Katie Louise; great-grandchildren, Miriah, Kaydance, Ava, Karson, and Elijah; nieces and nephews, Stefany Lynn, James, Lea, and Jason; and numerous other cherished family members.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Rosary at 6 p.m., on Thursday, October 13, 2016, in the chapel at Greenlawn Funeral Home Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, CA, 93313. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 9:00 am, at St. Francis Church, 900 H St. Bakersfield, CA, 93304. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park Southwest, 2739 Panama Lane, Bakersfield, CA, 93313. A banquet hall reception will follow at The Crest, 5025 Wible Road, Bakersfield, CA, 93313. For condolences, please visit,
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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Oct. 12, 2016
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