11-20-21, Linda Ann Irwin (née Quackenbush), 80

Linda Ann Irwin (née Quackenbush), of Ojai, California, died on November 20, 2021, following a lengthy illness.

Linda was born on March 19, 1941, in Long Beach, California. In 1953, Linda and her family moved to the Ojai Valley, where they were among the first residents to live in the Skyline Estates in Oak View.

In June 1959, she graduated from Nordhoff High School as a CSF Seal-bearer. While in high school, she also served as Honored Queen of Job’s Daughters Bethel 204.

Shortly after graduating, Linda headed south with dreams of becoming a fashion model. It didn’t last long. Linda quickly found that living with her grandmother in Long Beach just wasn’t cutting it.

She also left Ojai pining for Claude Irwin, the boyfriend she left behind. Linda was madly in love with Claude, but she wasn’t willing to continue the relationship without a long-term commitment. Claude remained silent, so Linda left.

The adage about the effect of absence on the heart proved true. Claude, realizing that Linda was “the one,” sent her a letter proposing marriage. Linda quickly said yes, and on October 3, 1959, they were married at the Ojai Presbyterian Church.

Both would subsequently admit they had no idea what they were doing or what they were getting into, but they made it work and were married 57 years, when Claude died in 2017.

After starting a family, Linda worked at The Gables of Ojai (then Grey Gables) and in the cafeteria at Nordhoff High School. She went on to work at Imperial Savings and Household Bank, retiring from the latter as operations manager in 1994.

Linda loved traveling, spending time with family, and binge-watching TV. She was a (mostly) fantastic cook and was a master at sewing and crocheting. She was pretty lousy at Sudoku, but enjoyed it and did her best. She was also a longtime member of Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Linda is survived by her children, Doug and Tina Irwin; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson. She is also survived by her sister Sandra Bert (Ralph); brother-in-law Richard Irwin; sister-in-law Carole Quackenbush; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and her 11-year-old Shih Tzu Charlie.

Linda was preceded in death by her husband Claude; her son Steven Irwin; her brother Bertram Curtis Quackenbush, Jr.; and her parents Bertram Curtis Quackenbush, Sr., and Jacqueline (Coney) Quackenbush.

There will be no public service. For those so inclined, Linda requested donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Linda and her family also extend their warmest thanks to the staff at Mountain Vista Manor in Ojai and Assisted Hospice Care, with special shout-outs to Cindy, Monique, Maria, and the entire Perez family.

“Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light. Forgive.” - The Tree of Life

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