Linda L. Cairns passed away July 4, 2014, after a short battle with cancer.

Born in Lakeview, Ore., Linda moved to Smith River with her parents as a child. She spent most of life living in Smith River, where she raised two children. She was a caring and supportive daughter, sister and mother.

Linda became a mother at a young age. Little did she realize then that she was born to be a mom.

After her own children no longer needed her "hands-on" parenting, she began working at the job she found most fulfilling. Her job was not a job to her. She served many families in Del Norte County with her caring and no holds barred guidance. Many at-risk families are better for having met her.

She married Jeff Cairns on Feb. 15, 2003.

Linda is survived by her husband, Jeff; his children: Sarah, Daniel and Neil; her daughter, Dana (and husband Buck), and their children: Adrian, Alex and Sami. She was pleased to tell everyone she met that she had six grandchildren. Linda was preceeded in death by her mother, Dollie; her son, Ryan; her sister, Lorayn, and her father, Ted.

Memorial services will be held July 27, 2014, at 10a.m., at the Smith River Cemetery. She is now with her family that has gone before her.