Sweet, loving, gentle, and fiercely devoted to family and friends, Linda Diane (George) Austin passed away December 7, 2012 with her loving husband, Paul, two of her siblings, a devoted friend, Cheryl, by her side and son William and mother-in-law, Joan, in her heart. Linda was born in Houston, Texas, January 23, 1954, raised in Dallas, Texas but made California home early, being drawn to the beauty and serenity of the coast. It was here she created a home for Paul and herself and their wonderful son, William. She leaves a very close group of supportive friends, including the Mahjongg Mamas, with whom she shared her love of games, travel, parenting, and reading. An animal advocate, she was surrounded by her "Family" of cats and dogs, always. Linda was predeceased by her parents, Jack and Helen George, and father-in-law Sam Milon. In addition to Paul, William and Joan, Linda is survived by siblings: Tom George (Belinda), Gene George (Fran), Jackie Vance (Richard), and Carol O'Hearn (Brock). Numerous nieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Rita Gaiser and Cheryl Diaz grieve her passing. Our Family thanks the staff at Mercy Hospital of Folsom for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, our family requests expressions of sympathy be directed in memory of Linda Austin to Mercy Hospital of Folsom, Mercy Foundation.