Gwendolyn Darlene Linley passed away on Feb. 17, 2022 at the age of 79. Born on Sept. 3, 1942 in Sacramento to Wyatt Linley and Lillie Mae Berry. Darlene grew up in Sacramento. After divorcing, Lillie married Carl Branscum and returned to Winters. Darlene frequently visited her parents and grandparents, George and Jewel Berry in Winters. With the strong family ties in Winters, Darlene moved with her son, Michael Ransdell to town in 1975.
Darlene was a long time employee of the Winters school district, working as a librarian at Winters High School and Waggoner Elementary School. This was an appropriate job for her as she was an avid reader.
She is survived by her son Michael Ransdell, brother Butch Branscum and wife Katherine all of Winters. Aunt Thelma Berry Hust from Southern California, cousins Diana Hust Borzi of Downey and Robert Hust from Arizona, and nephew Paul Fallgreen from Sacramento. She is also survived by nieces Dawn Edwards from Southern California and Sunshine Eddy from Oregon.
Darlene was preceded in death by her adopted son Justin Linley, parents Wyatt Linley and Lillie and Carl Branscum, brother Wyatt E. Linley, sister Wyetta Johnson, brother Steve Branscum and grandparents George and Jewel Berry and Luther and Estelle Linley.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, March 18 at the Winters Cemetery at 11 a.m. All friends and family are invited to attend.