Please join us February 17, 2019, at the family home of her daughter Kristen.  Open house with food, family, and friends from 11am to 5pm with a special ceremony at 2pm.  Please bring your favorite memories and stories to share.  If you wish to attend, please contact Mahala Archer for additional details at mahala.archer@gmail.com 

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Linda Archer.  She spent her last days surrounded by friends and family in the home of her son.  She is survived by her son Matthew, his wife Mahala, and their children Jalen and Ari; her daughter Kristen, her husband Peter and their children Katelyn, Jameson, Linnae and Elin.  Her brother Bruce and his wife Susan, her sister Barbara and her husband Joseph, her sister Nancy and her husband Kevin, and her brother-in-law Bill. She is also survived by her nephew Jerrod and his partner June, her nephew Thor, her niece Morgan and her husband Dave, and her nephew Benjamin.

She is predeceased by her beloved father Arthur Bain and mother Lauretta Bain, also by her sister Becky and brother Kenneth.

Posted by Peter Maroon on December 31, 2019
Grandma, we all miss you very much. You have been a light of hope in all our lives. I hope we all strive to be as family oriented as you have been and celebrate the great moments in our lives with each other. The holiday's will not be the same, we'll do our best, know that you'll always be with us. In our hearts! 

Miss and Love you,

Pete's
Posted by Mike Annab on February 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss Matt and Chrissy. I have such fond memories of your family at Yerba Ct, and your mom was always such a kind and happy person. When i think back to those days, I always picture her with a big smile on her face, doing some gardening in the Santa Rosa sunshine. Someone once remarked, "They may forget what you said, but they never forget how you made them feel." Linda always made me feel special and I have fond memories of your lovely mom and of you both.
Posted by Becky Kirkpatrick on February 1, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I so much enjoyed her friendship during those days at Monty. She was a mentor to many, including to me as well. I was thinking back to the heyday of the PE department, when she, Marie, Carol, Barb and Bev staffed the girl’s side. How welcoming they all were, leading me to be determined as a new sub that THAT group of gals was where I wanted to end up.
She was a superlative counselor as well, guiding students and staff with a firm but gentle hand. We laughed and commiserated often in her cozy counseling office.
Thank you so much, Linda, for all of it. You will remain in my heart and mind. You were the best!
Posted by Dina Pawlak on January 30, 2019
There is so much to say about Linda. At work she was a great leader, a responsive counselor, and we worked so well together that she made a very difficult job a lot easier.
As a travel companion we had FUN; easy to travel with, and so willing to explore, and relax, and come up with great ideas.
She was a big positive in the quality and experiences in my own life.
Yes, I'll miss you, Linda

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Posted by Peter Maroon on December 31, 2019
Grandma, we all miss you very much. You have been a light of hope in all our lives. I hope we all strive to be as family oriented as you have been and celebrate the great moments in our lives with each other. The holiday's will not be the same, we'll do our best, know that you'll always be with us. In our hearts! 

Miss and Love you,

Pete's
Posted by Mike Annab on February 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss Matt and Chrissy. I have such fond memories of your family at Yerba Ct, and your mom was always such a kind and happy person. When i think back to those days, I always picture her with a big smile on her face, doing some gardening in the Santa Rosa sunshine. Someone once remarked, "They may forget what you said, but they never forget how you made them feel." Linda always made me feel special and I have fond memories of your lovely mom and of you both.
Posted by Becky Kirkpatrick on February 1, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Linda’s passing. I so much enjoyed her friendship during those days at Monty. She was a mentor to many, including to me as well. I was thinking back to the heyday of the PE department, when she, Marie, Carol, Barb and Bev staffed the girl’s side. How welcoming they all were, leading me to be determined as a new sub that THAT group of gals was where I wanted to end up.
She was a superlative counselor as well, guiding students and staff with a firm but gentle hand. We laughed and commiserated often in her cozy counseling office.
Thank you so much, Linda, for all of it. You will remain in my heart and mind. You were the best!
her Life

Born December 31, 1944

Linda was born on December 31, 1944 in Cedar Rapids, Illinois the first born to her loving parents Arthur Alexander Bain (1921-1997) and Lauretta Jane Bain (1922-2007).  She was born at St. Luke's Methodist Hospital.  

Childhood

Linda and her family moved to Canoga Park, CA in 1946.  It was here that her siblings Bruce, Becky, Barbara, Ken and Nancy were born.  She and her family had an active childhood with many trips to the mountains, canyons and beaches which fostered her love of the outdoors, camping, backpacking and surfing.

Children

Linda's two children Kristen and Matt were born in Santa Rosa.  One of Linda's greatest source of pride and accomplishment was having raised two successful children as a single parent.  She was a courageous, and dedicated mother who worked so hard to provide a loving and enriching childhood for her children.  

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Shared by Peter Maroon on February 4, 2019

This is not a story but a thank you note to Linda.

You've been a positive person in the lives of all whom were fortunate to know you.  As one of the strongest women in my life, I've truly appreciated the integrity and character you always portrayed. As a mother you were always there for your children, all of us.  As a grandmother, you made every grandchild feel like the most important person in the world.  You never shied away from challenges, overcome any obstacle in your way and did it with grace. The amount of friends from your youth to adulthood that you kept in touch with is remarkable, which speaks volumes for your love of relationships and family. 

I'll miss our conversations about the trials of public education in the great state of California, I still don't know if we solve anything, but it was great dialogue.  By the way, I think Aunt Boski had the best experience, "The Vallejo Experience."  As a teacher, coach, and counselor, you improved the lives of thousands of kids that got to know you.  There is no doubt in mind that you "Made a Difference."  Sorry about all those years of stirring up the pot at family gatherings, but I knew that when conversation got slow, all I had to do is say the word "politics." 

We'll all miss the family holidays that you taught us to cherish, I mean what would thanksgiving be like without everyone gathered around the turkey, waiting for the darn thing to cook. Of course what made it special was not the turkey, it was all the fixings.  Just kidding, it was the family time.  Uncle Jojo always has a great story, Aunt Boski laughing, Uncle Bill bringing the ham, Ben making some new dish, Aunt Becky wanting to know what's new, Matty wondering why there are so many dishes, the kids all running around with cabin fever and Kristen and I wondering "who's idea was this?" We know in the end, that all the holidays are times to cherish each other and enjoy the time we have. Trust me, your still going to be with us at holidays. 

We have been fortunate to have had you in our lives, the role model that you are, you led this family by example, you made decisions with your heart and you loves us all unconditionally.  

You have been a great influence in all of our lives, Kristen, Katie, Jay, Linnae, Elin and I have truly appreciated everything you have done for us.  Our lives are better because of you. 

There is so much to say to you, but nothing as important as you knowing I love you!  

Love you GMA, 

Pete's

Shared by Susie Klopp on February 2, 2019

Linda was my friend and Sister-in-Law for over 50 years.  She loved her children and family very much. Even though we didn’t see each other often, I followed the family through letters and pictures.  Bless and keep you Linda.  You will always be in my heart