Linda Hinkle passed away while surrounded by family on August 12, 2017, due to complications from a recent cancer diagnosis.
She was born on September 5, 1940 in Vancouver, BC, to Joan Powell and Cyril Roberts. At the age of 13 her family moved to Santa Barbara. She attended Santa Barbara High School and, with her sister Gail, enjoyed being a member of the popular Barbarettes drill team. Linda married Richard Hinkle in 1958 and raised 4 devoted children. She worked for Montgomery Insurance and when purchased by Brown & Brown continued on as the only original employee. She retired in 2010.
Linda enjoyed good food, good wine and lively gatherings with family and friends. She was an accomplished cook, an incredible hostess and loved a good dice or card game. She organized fun family camping trips and assured that every holiday and birthday was memorable. Her recent years were spent as an active participant in several wine clubs, visiting wineries and attending events. Another passion was collecting treasures from her favorite local store, Imagine. She will always be remembered for her exceptional warmth, generosity, humor and her wonderful laugh.
She is survived by her sister, Gail Metz, her children Jeff Hinkle, Jay Hinkle (Lisa), Julie Bryson (Gary), and Jim Hinkle, her grandchildren Taylor and Shelby Bryson, her nephews Chris Roberts (Michelle) and Robert Metz , and her partner of 25 years Bob Risser.
We invite family and friends to celebrate Linda’s life on September 23 at 2:00 at Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Home, 15 East Sola Street, Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Linda may be made to the charity of your choice.