Linda Champion, a very special and dearly beloved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend, was peacefully taken to her eternal rest on October 8, 2006, in Sacramento, CA at the age of 47 surrounded by family and friends. A long time Elk Grove resident, Linda was an extremely loving, courageous, spirited, and strong woman who did all she could to live her best life every day and never let illness define or limit who she was as a person, or what she would accomplish in life. She was always “just fine”! And, no matter what, she would always ask how you were, smile easily, tease and laugh often, and touch deeply those she came in contact with. She devoted her life to the care and support of the family she loved with all her heart. Linda is survived by her beloved husband and best friend of 24 years, Frank R. Champion of Elk Grove. Loving daughter, Mysti Freyenberger and husband, Greg of El Dorado Hills and cherished grandchildren Draven Palmer and Drake Freyenberger, who brought such joy to her life and will always hold a special place in her heart. Her supportive and loving mother, Mary DiBartolo of Elk Grove, loving sisters Laura Ruble and husband, Robert of Yuba City, and Deborah Shute and husband, Scott and dear nephews Kyle and Ryan Shute of Southlake, TX. A special remembrance to her bone marrow donor, loving brother Ken DiBartolo, Jr. and wife Laurie and dear nephews Anthony and Tyler DiBartolo of Elk Grove. Loving sister-in-law, Paula Bragg and husband Jim, and dear nieces, Tiffany and Starr Saunders, all of the Bay Area. Loving granddaughter of Lucille Neil of Yuba City, and loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who loved her and will miss her very much. Preceded in death by her beloved son Frank Champion, Jr., father Kenneth J. DiBartolo, and mother-in-law, Emily Hansen, all welcoming her and embracing her in heaven. A woman of many experiences and accomplishments in life. Linda was a graduate of St. Francis High School in Sacramento (class of ’77). She was a member and current (and first female) Commodore at River View Yacht Club in Freeport. Her passions in life were doing anything and everything with her husband and family, spending quality time with her grandsons and nephews, lunching with her mom, hosting all family celebrations and holidays, boating as many days and weekends as possible, watching her favorite NASCAR driver, #24 Jeff Gordon, every Sunday no-matter-what, taking cruises around the world, and snowmobiling on fresh powder side by side with Frank. Linda was a pillar of strength for the family, the mom who looked out for us all, and a shining example of what it means to be dignified, humble, and courageous throughout all the challenges your life brings. She was our hero, and we will miss her with all our hearts until we meet again in eternal life.
II Timothy, 4:7 - "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing."