Linda Denise Hauta


April 23, 1949  –  February 27, 2024


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Linda Denise Hauta

Linda Denise (Cook) Hauta of Issaquah, WA passed away due to complications with her lungs and kidneys at Virginia Mason, Seattle on February 27, 2024. We are comforted by the family and friends that were able to surround her with love during her last days.

Her daughter, Adrienne Stine (Chris) of Grand Lake, CO  and grandson, Franklin Stine survived Linda upon her death. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Lyle Cook of Seattle, WA, sister Jan Robb of Issaquah, WA, and niece Mikala Moreau (Mathew) of Shawnee, KS.

Linda was born in Detroit, Michigan on April 23, 1949 to Jesse and Helma Cook. She grew up in Renton, WA graduating from Renton High School in 1967. She then attended Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Education. Although, after student teaching with 6th graders she did not pursue education as her profession.

After over 40 years, Linda retired from Puget Sound Energy (PSE). She met and married William (Bill) Hauta in 1974 after meeting him at Puget Power (as it was then known). Bill and Linda would divorce after over 25 years of marriage. However, their love of their daughter united them even after their separation. Linda held various roles at PSE and ended her successful career as a Senior Budget Analyst. She would say the friendships that she made during her career were the most important.

Linda enjoyed much about life. As an avid reader her book club was an integral part of her well being. She could often be found at the movies with a tub of popcorn or attending musicals/plays. Planning and partaking in her travels around the United States and Europe was another of her passions.

Although her favorite pastime was being with her family and friends playing games, catching up, and if possible gifting them with the perfect little something. Linda doted on her only grandson, Franklin. But, she was always involved with her extended family’s kids and grandkids.

An open house celebration of life is planned  Tuesday, March 5th between 3 pm and 5 pm at the Clubhouse in Providence Point (4265 224th Court SE, Issaquah, WA 98029). Please consider carpooling as nearby parking is limited.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider contributing to the American Diabetes Association.

Linda Denise Hauta will be missed forever, but we are blessed by the impact she had on all our lives.

“Do not fear death, but rather the unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”—Tuck Everlasting

18 Responses to “Linda Denise Hauta”

  • Terrie Schuerman says:

    I have many memories of our former neighbor and dear friend. Linda has been a part of our lives for over 40 years. Lots of family camping trips, trips to the beach (one of her favorite places to hang out) and as part of my book club for 25 years. She taught me to enjoy different types of books and authors. Some of my favorite books were given to me by Linda. She didn’t, however, teach me how to make her famous brownies or lasagnas! I’ll miss you, Linda-Lou. Adrienne, you’ve also been part of our family for most of your life! We’re here for you. So very sorry for us all, Terrie

  • Jan Robb says:

    My dearest sister, Linda was a wonderful companion. She was always willing to help me with whatever I needed. I learned so much from Linda. I’ll miss our Saturday night steak and movie nights. Another angel has just entered heaven.

  • Bonnie Gjersvsig Vastag says:

    Linda was a first cousin. I enjoyed our recent phone conversations about relatives and books. She made the effort to return to Minnesota several times to be part of Cook Reunions, with her aunts, uncles and cousins. She was interested in her extended family and wanted to learn about them. Rest in Peace and sympathy of her family!

  • Judy Hylen says:

    You’ve been a great friend for so many years. Backyard parties, camping trips, book club weekends, our daughters getting together with Molly and Becky. We’ll think of you with every Mexican Train game. You may be gone but not forgotten my friend.

  • Marj Mason says:

    Linda and I were traveling buddies. We began our travels in 2003 with 2 adventures in Tuscany Villas and 2 Viking River Ship excursions. We traveled 13 countries and had the time of our lives. Linda loved to sleep in but she was the first one up in the morning to visit a museum, take a walk under the windmills or walk along the Seine. We also spent some time in Cannon Beach for our bdays. We thought we had one more of those bday trips in us. I couldn’t have asked for a better traveling companion or friend. I will miss her dearly.

  • Adrienne says:

    Mom’s celebration of life will be Tuesday, March 5th.

  • Naomi Char says:

    Linda, you left us much too soon. You were a fast friend when I met you with Joe in the Budget Team. I’ll never forget those beautiful holiday dinner parties at your place, pinging you to ask for movie suggestions, or wistfully imagining being on a river cruise while listening to you and Marj describe a European town. Every time I attempt your lasagna and cheese bread dinner it’s never nearly as good as yours but when folks ask I say, Oh these are my friend Linda’s recipes. She’s one amazing lady…

  • Brenda Bartell says:

    I worked with Linda for many years at PSE. It’s odd the things you remember about people…like the funny way she blew her nose, or the explosive sneezes that came out of nowhere and made us jump out of our seats. We laughed many times because of that.

    I never remember Linda saying a cross word to anyone, or even being grumpy. Wow, I admire that. She always had a ready smile on her face, and a kind manner.

    To Adrianne and Franklin…I know your mom loved you and thought of you all the time. (We’d share stories of our daughters over the years). She was so proud of you both.
    I’m thinking of an Ed Sheeran song he wrote when his mom passed away, it’s called Supermarket Flowers. It ends with this verse…

    “You were an angel in the shape of my mum
    You got to see the person I have become
    Spread your wings and I know
    That when God took you back he said Hallelujah
    You’re home”

    God bless you with peace through the sadness of this time. It’s not the end, you will be with you mom again, just can’t be right now.


  • Chris Stine says:

    Linda allowed me to marry her daughter, Adrienne. That was one of the best gifts she could have given me. Through the years of getting to know Linda, she showed me many different area’s in the great Pacific Northwest (Washington) and shared me with her extended family, the Hylen’s and Sherman’s. I am going to miss our conversations of her travels and the interesting areas and cultures she had visited. I will miss the kindness she has shown to her daughter, our son and our dog Clara. Linda never came to Colorado without a toy for Clara, and Clara knew something was coming when she saw Linda! I will miss Linda too. She has earned her wings in heaven. Godspeed Linda, we will meet again someday and you can tell me about your new adventures.

  • John E. Skog says:

    I too, worked with Linda at PSE; she was a special person who continuously strived to do the best for her department and the company. For those of us in Substation Operations who refused to let perfection get in the way of progress; with a smile and the voice of a 6th-grade teacher, she would correct our accounting mistakes and show us how we could improve.

    She was a great colleague and a better friend.

  • Neal Pedersen says:

    When I first started my career at PSE in General Accounting I felt a little overwhelmed with my new duties and the experience of working for such a large company. Linda was always one of the most helpful and kind people I had ever worked with. No matter how busy she was, Linda would drop what she was doing and help show me the way. And always with a smile and maybe a playful jab at my ineptness. Enjoy your new journey Linda and know that you will certainly be missed back here on earth.

  • Dan Kamm says:

    When I read that Linda had passed away, it brought sadness and a flurry of memories. As I read through what others have written, it brought a great deal of comfort. I’m happy she lived her life to the fullest and was able to travel and do the things that brought her happiness. In plain terms, Linda was a good person! We need more Linda Hauta’s in this world. Brenda wrote about her nose, brining back more memories. As I remember, I teased Linda about that little red nose more than a few times. She always made going to work a better experience.
    Linda often talked about her daughter Adrienne. She is the person she loved and treasured the most.
    I feel fortunate, that our paths crossed in this life. I’m sure God will have a special place for her in Heaven.

  • Lyle Cook says:

    My dear sister, Linda; you were a kind, concerning person. As the older sibling you took the lead in most of our family tasks. Especially with our mother in her illness. You were a good sister, daughter, mother-in-law; but especially a wonderful, loving mother to Adrienne, and grandmother to Franklin. Overall, you were a very nice person. Thank you for encouraging me to go to the family reunions in Minnesota. You will be greatly missed, but our memory of you will live long in our hearts.

  • Claudia Frederick says:

    I enjoyed so many happy times with Linda playing games, traveling and enjoying her fabulous cooking. We had the opportunity to go to Italy several years ago on a tour and have wonderful memories of that trip. Linda had a fun sense of humor and the birthday cards she sent always gave me a good laugh.
    Linda loved to shop and buy great presents for her bookclub buddies. She will be dearly missed. ❤️

  • Julie Witt says:

    I worked with Linda towards the end of her career at PSE. She was generous with her knowledge of the company and accounting. But what is most memorable to me about Linda was her smile, spirit and kindness. She was truly a delight to be around.

    Adrienne and family, I am very sorry for your loss. I wish I could be there for your celebration of life. I’m sure there will be many funny stories shared. Julie

  • Mollie Launer says:

    I was so sad to hear about Linda’s death. We worked together at PSE early in my career, at the Shuffleton Substation Department. There are so many wonderful things I can remember about Linda. Yes she was kind, yes she loved her daughter, and yes she always looked gorgeous. I was so envious of her skill with eye makeup. May she rest in peace.

  • Susanna Gilbert says:

    My heart broke a little on February 27th.We were friends and co-workers for over 40 years. The kind of friend, when talking about life events, you don’t have to explain the back story…because she was probably there with you. Or…she had already heard it.
    Movies..oh my gosh. She not only remembered the actors, but also who directed. Her movie interests were not limited to a particular genre. Open-minded, she enjoyed most.
    Game nights with Teri, Diana, Lynda, and Jeanie were such fun. Linda usually hosted and of course there was always something good to eat. She could be counted on to know the rules to the most complex games, and was very good humored when sometimes was accused of making them up. She enjoyed winning and often did.
    The most cranky I remembered Linda being was when during the pandemic, one of her favorite restaurants, Jimmy Mac’s changed the formula of their BBQ ribs sauce. That was a tough one. : )
    I will miss our weekly lunches where all the dramas and traumas, highs and lows of family and the world were discussed. We called them “therapy sessions”.
    Linda will be missed by many and probably took little pieces of us with her.

  • Gary grinolds says: long lost friend❤️

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