OBITUARY

Linda Kay Bowles

January 5, 1945May 4, 2018

Linda Kay (Kalinowski) Bowles

January 5, 1945~May 4, 2018

Linda was born in Martinez, CA to Anthony and Pearly Jane “Penny” Kalinowski. Linda grew-up in Concord, CA, with 3 brothers and two sisters, she graduated from Mt. Diablo High School. After high school Linda began working for Bank of America in San Francisco.

On July 5, 1963 Linda married Bradley Bowles, and they began married life living in Richmond, CA. They bought their first home in 1964 in Martinez, CA where they raised their two children Denise (Tracy) Hunt and Matthew (Christy Stone). Linda has two grandchildren that were her world, being a Grandma to Emelia Hunt and Clayton Bowles was her greatest joy.

Linda stayed home raising Denise & Matt, she was room mom, she was on the Board of Directors for many years for Martinez Little League, if she wasn't running the snack bar, she was coordinating games, announcing games, etc. The family enjoyed summers at the family cabin in Guerneville on the Russian River, traveling/camping and living in Martinez. Linda began working outside the home in the late 70’s when she began working part-time at the little greenhouse in Sun Valley Mall for INatural Cosmetics. After that, she began working part-time for Maui Pineapple Co. in Walnut Creek; Linda retired from Maui Pineapple Co. after 18+ years.

After living in Martinez for 34 years, Linda and Brad sold their home and moved to Oakley, CA in 1998, where they enjoyed their ranch home, their grandkids, their classic Buicks, gardening, poolside BBQ's, traveling the US and Canada in their motorhomes, and especially the recent years spent in their custom built Tiffin Allegro Bus.

Linda loved spending time with her grandchildren; she had a very special bond with each of them. She enjoyed making projects, baking, cooking, swimming, attending their school and sporting events, and recently in the past few years, visiting them at their respective colleges. Linda truly loved spending time with Brad traveling in their motorhome "boon docking" in the desert, attending RV Rallies and numerous events across the US. She truly loved the ocean and beaches where she'd spend hours collecting sand dollars, shells, driftwood and unusual rocks, all of which she would meticulously clean and preserve.

When Brad became ill, Linda was always by his side and was his constant caretaker as he battled congestive heart failure. When Brad passed away on February 7, 2017, Linda lost the love of her life and was truly devastated and heartbroken.

Linda was a very influential and amazing daughter/woman/wife/mom and grandmother, she was so charismatic, happy and always so loving. She would light up a room when she walked in, she was the life of any party, and was always happy to be her crazy, fun, goofy self. To be in her presence was pure joy, she will be truly missed by so many. As devastated as we are by her passing, we try to find comfort in knowing she has been reunited with Brad, July 6th will be their 55th wedding anniversary.

As I have been telling myself, “Live like Linda” with a tissue (or two) in your pocket, a chapstick in your hand and at least one, $100 bill in your wallet.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 21st at 3:00 pm at The Point in Rio Vista, CA.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, July 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

Linda Kay Bowles

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Vikki Mowers Lozano

July 13, 2018

I’m shocked to see Brad and Linda have both left us. Linda and I were close neighbors in Martinez, Ca
We spent a lot of time working together as well as fun! I adored her two young kids at the time and she adored my son Reef.
We had tons of laughs! I still bake her famous zucchini bread

Praying for her beautiful two kids and Grandkids, and family. Rip my ole fun friend
Vikki

Pat Carr

June 1, 2018

We first met Brad & Linda in the SF Airport on the people mover where Brad & my husband, Larry, were resting their booze carriers on the handrail. They acknowledged each others good taste in booze carriers. We were on our way to our first cruise adventure. We were surprised to see them on the plane to LA and then on the ship to Mexico. We sort of hung around together and promised to get together at a later date to view our pictures of the trip since they lived in Martinez and we lived in Novato. Thus began a friendship that lasted roughly 48 years. We had a trailer that we had just bought from Coachman and were involved with the Camping club in Santa Rosa. It was a Coachman club but we introduced the Bowles and their Brand X motorhome to the club and they were accepted. We had many happy trips around the States and into Canada. Those are precious memories.

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grandkids ❤️

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2012

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Bowles family grows 1989ish?

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Bowles Family, San Diego vacation 1977ish?

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Bowles Family 1982

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Thanksgiving

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Emelia’s high school graduation 2014

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Emelia’s high school graduation 2014