Linda L. Harrison-McGuiness
Jun 7, 1940 - Mar 25, 2019
Linda (Rusty) Louise Harrison-McGuinness, 78, of Elk Grove, passed away peacefully on March 25, 2019. Surrounded in love and listening to her beloved Hawaiian music, she slipped away from us, leaving behind a legacy of beauty, strength, and above all, love.
Linda was born to Oliver Leroy and Thelma Louise Harrison in Santa Rosa, California, June 7, 1940. She spent most of her childhood years in Eureka, California, and moved to San Jose in 1956. She graduated from San Jose High in 1958.
Shortly thereafter, she married Mike Oropeza of San Jose. This marriage produced the greatest loves of Linda’s life, her three children, Michael Oropeza of Scotts Valley, Gregory Oropeza of Boulder Creek, and Kelli Oropeza-Grimes of Woodland.
In addition to raising these three rambunctious kids, Linda had a long and storied professional career. She worked for many years for the United States Postal Office. In the early seventies, Linda was crowned Miss Zip of San Jose, CA. She worked for the USPS in San Jose, Felton, and Petaluma, California. She later transitioned her career to real estate, in which she won numerous awards.
While working in Petaluma, she met her husband of 30 years, Henry Bravo, who preceded her in death in 2015. It was also during her time in Petaluma that she was introduced to the Elks Lodge. This ultimately led to her final professional role, Trustee of the Elks Lodge in Elk Grove.
Linda loved the San Francisco Giants, Disney, RVing, roses, hummingbirds, Hawaii, ocean cruises, and General Hospital. Linda loved life.
Wherever Linda was, the party was, and oh how she loved to throw a shindig. One was never enough for Linda, though. If there was a wedding one day, there would invariably be a brunch the next. Menu planning for any casual occasion always included these nine words. “I’ll make a big bowl of my potato salad.”
Carol Lee, Darcy Carini, and Susan Harrison were her running buddies, partners in crime, and confidants. Sue preceded Linda in death and they are now together again. Carol and Darcy remain as loyal friends and family members. They represent only a tiny fraction of the friendships that Linda made and nurtured over the years, however. Wherever she went, Linda made friends. She loved to be surrounded by her tribe and had far too many members to mention individually here. Her friends know that if she had had her way every single one would garner a mention in her cast of characters. You were all dear to her. Know that.
In the final scene of Linda’s life she met and fell in love with her leading man, Brian McGuinness. Married just 198 days before her final passing, they nonetheless made memories worthy of an epic love story. They traveled and RVed, they had friends from the Elks Lodge, the American Legion and numerous RV Clubs. They married September 8, 2018, and honeymooned aboard an Alaskan cruise ship. Linda was happy in this union, and left this earth a woman in love.
Finally, Linda loved her family and was loved in return. She is survived by her children, Mike Oropeza (Terri), Greg Oropeza (Amber), and Kelli Oropeza-Grimes (Mike), her sisters, Miriam Harrison, Naida Wyckoff, Therese Nicol, and Sharon Bischoff. She was preceded in death by her beloved brother James Harrison.
Linda was an amazing grandma who enjoyed many trips to Disneyland and beyond with her grandkids. She leaves behind grandsons Paul Michael Salinas, Gregory Oropeza (Alanna), Devon Oropeza (Gina), and Ryan Oropeza, and granddaughters Taylor Janoe, (Nick) Andrea Oropeza, and Skylar Oropeza. She was also blessed with four great-grandchildren, Penelope Oropeza, Isla Oropeza, Mason Janoe and Clementine Oropeza. Linda was preceded in death by her oldest grandchild Triston Oropeza.
Friends are welcome to attend any of the following events honoring Linda’s life and legacy.