Linda Moran

Linda Moran. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – Linda Diane Kless Moran, born in Vancouver, Washington on July 13, 1942, passed away after a brief illness on April 7, 2021, surrounded by love in her Hidden Valley Lake home.

Linda faced her illness as she did her life, with courage and grace, laughter and wit, taking care of those who would be left behind with love and gratitude.

Linda, although immensely talented in many crafts, began watercolor in 1999, also perfecting her oils and pastels. She shared her wonderful talent, teaching many and enjoying their discovery. She particularly loved teaching children, whom she touched not only with her teaching ability but her love of excitement and color.

She was past president of Watercolor Artist of Sonoma County and a board member of Cobb Mountain Artists. Linda was a founding member of the Gibson Museum in Middletown, giving of herself and her profound design skills to numerous displays. She was also instrumental in bringing the first Civil War reenactment to Middletown in May of 2016.

Linda was active in Middletown Rotary and shared that Linda “flair,” performing in skits and keeping members surprised and enchanted.

Linda was the kind of friend everyone should have, tender and thoughtful and generous. She loved to entertain, was a fabulous chef, and could keep you entertained with her Irish dialect and wonderful sense of humor after living in Ireland for two and a half years. She also enjoyed a competitive card game, puzzles on her tablet and, yes, those Facebook posts.

Linda leaves behind her husband, Tom Moran; two sons, Rodman Houser of Santa Rosa and Eric Houser (Deanna) of Petaluma; five grandchildren she adored, Amanda, Kate, Mackenzie, Calvin and Kenny; as well as two great-grandchildren, Elena Grace and Xaeden.

She leaves an array of close friends all of whom love her dearly as well as her beloved kitty “Little Eddie” who stole many a heart.

Linda was preceded in death by her older sister, Marilyn West, in 1998 and her youngest son, Kurt Scott House, in 2013.

There will be a memorial service at Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa on Sunday, April 18, at 2 p.m. A celebration of life will be held at her home in Hidden Valley Lake in May.