Linda Darlene Emerson (Rush)
Nov. 5, 1950 – Feb. 13, 2023

Linda Darlene Emerson was born Nov. 5, 1950 in Eureka to Harvey Dee Emerson and Darlene Whelihan. Linda was the first born of five brothers — Larry, Timothy, Steven and Michael Emerson and Anthony Whelihan — and one sister, Donna Porter.

Linda attended Eureka City Schools and graduated from Eureka High School in 1968. Linda loved vacationing with family in Junction City and Willow Creek. She also loved to go four-wheeling and to the beach.

Linda and Andy Cudney met in June of 1986 and were inseparable for the next 37 years.

Linda has three children Gary Rush, Tracie Smith (Rush) and Jason Cudney. Linda also has seven grandchildren — Samantha , Maddie, Mason, Carson Rush, Tyler and Tavin Smith and Addysen Cudney. She also has three great-grandchildren — Ellie, Emma and Khloe.

Linda and Andy spent lots of time going on trips to Gold Beach for vacations. Aside from her family Linda was most proud of her 1949 Studebaker pickup.

We will hold a small ceremony Wednesday March 15 from 1-3 p.m. at Sanders Funeral Home.


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