Our beautiful angel, Ronene Linton Harrison, passed away March 14, 2017, due to complications related to cancer. To say she was amazing is not enough. She will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved her. She was our protector, our free-spirited and adventurous daughter, mother, sister, aunt, niece, and dear friend--our bright light on this earth.
Ronene was born October 2, 1969, in Portland, Oregon, and was adopted four days later by her loving parents Ron and Coreen Linton who were thrilled to receive a beautiful baby girl. Two years later, her sister Amy was born and together they had a wonderful childhood, using their imaginations to play games and create adventures. Because of her fun-loving spirit and nature, Ronene had many friends growing up. The memories she created with her nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends will last forever.
On September 24, 1991, the light of Ronene's life, Alexandria Paige Harrison was born. Ronene was the greatest mother a child could ask for; she cherished and loved Alex with all her heart and soul. Alex will never forget the love she felt as a baby and child, being read to, the unforgettable birthdays her mom created, and her courageous mother who got Alex through difficult times. Ronene was blessed with many talents and her creativity was unsurpassed. She owned a ceramics business where she made and taught others how to make beautiful ceramic artwork. She painted wall murals free-hand that were awe-inspiring, and she worked for a jewelry company where she made unique jewelry pieces. Her innate ability to create unbelievable costumes, cakes, crafts--basically anything she touched--was remarkable.
Ronene lived several years in Boise, Idaho, where she acquired many close friends, including Annie Dunton and her five daughters. Ronene will always be viewed as their second mom and the memories they had will never be forgotten. In 2015, Ronene discovered who her birth mother was, and although she had already passed away, Ronene was thrilled to meet and develop relationships with her biological sister Brandie Chandler and aunts Gloria Smith, Joyce Moraga, and Phyllis Wickam. During the last year of Ronene's life, her determination was further evident when she became a student at Western Governor's University, passing online classes in a matter of weeks. She was one year away from obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing.
Ronene experienced many hardships and trials throughout her life, the hardest being battling cancer over the last few months. Through it all, she demonstrated unbelievable strength, courage, and positivity. Ronene taught us many lessons and her example of looking for light even in the darkest times and living life to the fullest will be her legacy, one her family and close friends will carry on for Ronene. The family would like to thank those who have helped us through this very difficult time. Our angel and nurse aunt Judy for her never-ending care and love; Ronene's best friend, Christina Johnson; and close family and friends who are too many to name, but know who you are.
Ronene is survived by her daughter, Alexandria Paige Harrison; her parents, Ron and Coreen Linton; her sister, Amy Johnson; nephews Quinn and Tate Johnson; and nieces Savana Johnson and Rebecca Evans. A celebration of Ronene's life will take place at a later date; close family and friends will be notified.
If ever there is a tomorrow
When we're not together
There is something you
Must always remember
You are braver than you believe
Stronger than you seem
And smarter than you think
But the most important thing is
Even if we are apart
I'll always be with you
A.A. Milne, Winne the Pooh