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In Memory of

Linda Ann Leach

March 31, 1947 - November 18, 2016

Obituary


Linda Ann Newberry Leach went joyfully into the loving, outstretched arms of her Savior on November 18, 2016 in Newport Beach, California at age 69 after a sudden short battle with cancer.

Linda was born March 31, 1947 in Hood River, Oregon. After moving with her loving family to southern California, she made lifelong, cherished friends at Warren High School in Downey and Downey First Baptist Church as well as at Biola University. Later in Orange County, she was a beacon of hope and encouragement to her family and friends in her close-knit...

Linda Ann Newberry Leach went joyfully into the loving, outstretched arms of her Savior on November 18, 2016 in Newport Beach, California at age 69 after a sudden short battle with cancer.

Linda was born March 31, 1947 in Hood River, Oregon. After moving with her loving family to southern California, she made lifelong, cherished friends at Warren High School in Downey and Downey First Baptist Church as well as at Biola University. Later in Orange County, she was a beacon of hope and encouragement to her family and friends in her close-knit neighborhoods in Huntington Beach and Newport Beach as well as at Mariners Church.

Through her gift for creating warm, welcoming spaces in both her heart and in the world, she worked her way to her dream career in interior design. Her creative work and vibrant insight into how inspiration and imagination can come together to create refined, beautiful environments delighted both her clients at Trinity Bay Interiors and her students at the Interior Designers Institute. A favorite instructor at the Institute, she didn't just empower her students and colleagues with her wealth of talent and knowledge, but also encouraged them as their greatest cheerleader and mentor with her positive, upbeat support of their dreams.

And yet her true gift was as the gracious, nurturing, devoted family woman, friend, and neighbor she was to so many. She gave of herself freely and unconditionally, cherishing her family and opening her home at all times to countless others who became family. She was always ready with a willing ear to listen, a discerning word of encouragement, and the nourishment that comes not just from a meal or a place to stay but from true compassion. She made every day and every event a true celebration of life. Most of all, she loved her Lord with all her heart and it shined through in everything she did.

While her achievements were many - including serving as the first woman in the Downey Rotary Club, in the American Society of Interior Designers, in the International Interior Design Association, in Certified Interior Decorators International - her greatest pride was in her family. She loved to travel to destinations like Italy and Alaska, but mostly in order to share the beauty of the world with those she loved.

She is survived by her husband Willis Leach of Newport Beach, CA; her parents Louie and Elizabeth Newberry of Idaho Falls, ID; her son Scott Lohrenz and his wife Natalie of Cheyenne, WY; her son Eric Lohrenz and his wife Deonne of Corona, CA; her son Bradley Leach and his wife Medina of Occidental, CA; her son Ryan Leach and his wife Shawna of Downey, CA; her beloved grandchildren Jeremy and Amelia Lohrenz; Isabella, Dylan, Logan, Sebastian, and Livie Leach; Ricky Robbins; Cody and Ryley Bastian; great grandsons Joey and Noah Robbins; and her sisters Joyce Carlson, Katie Gay, and Peggy Mickelsen of Idaho Falls, ID and their families.

A service in celebration of the life of Linda Leach will be held at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at the Chapel at Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine CA 92603. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer Society (https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/memorialgiving/memorial-giving). The family expresses its heartfelt gratitude for all the love and support given both to Linda in her last days and to the extended family in its time of grief.

God loves you very, very much, Linda Leach, and so do we.

"Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." John 16:22

"Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Lamentations 3:22-23

"Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8

When Christ shall come
With shout of acclamation
And take me home
What joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow
With humble adoration
And then proclaim
My God, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul
My Savior, God, to Thee
How great Thou art!



Arrangements under the direction of Pacific View Memorial Park and Mortuary FD1176, Corona Del Mar, CA.