Linda Jean Valenzuela was born on Dec. 20, 1951, in Santa Monica, Calif., to Francisco Leon and Violet (Chinn) Valenzuela.
She was raised and attended school in Manhattan Beach, Calif., where she graduated from Aviation High School.
After high school Linda attended Santa Barbara City College and received her certification as a licensed vocational nurse.
Linda married Michael R. Hawkins on Jan. 8, 1972, in Santa Monica and to this union a son Jeremey was born.
They lived in various places including Ventura, Santa Barbara and Buellton, Calif., before moving to Delta 1997 and from there to Craig and in 2003 to Yampa.
Linda was a homemaker, a licensed vocational nurse and most recently worked as a housekeeper for a hotel.
She enjoyed bicycling and playing the guitar and was very proud that her son Jeremey was a police officer for the Town of Parachute.
Linda died suddenly in her home in Yampa, Colorado, on Jan. 8, 2006.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Hawkins of Yampa; son Jeremey and Tabitha Hawkins of Parachute; grandchildren Kaitlyn, Russell, Zachary, Jessica, Kelsey and Aliyah; sisters Shirley Debbi (John) of Rancho Mirage, Calif.; brothers Ronald and his wife Emelda Valenzuela of Rockport, Md., and Larry and his wife Kathy Valenzuela of Orange, Calif.; father-in-law Edwin Hawkins of Ventura, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
A funeral service was held on Jan. 16, 2007, at The Yampa Bible Church in Yampa with Pastor Bruce Chikalla officiating.
Musical numbers were "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" and "The Old Rugged Cross" sung by the congregation, accompanied by Gene Sanders.
Pallbearers were Michael Hawkins, Jeremey Hawkins, Doug Morris, John McCavey, Clancy Scott Williamson and Nathan Rounds.Cremation followed the service.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research in care of Grant Mortuary, 621 Yampa Ave. Craig, CO 81625.