Funeral services for Linda Kay Whitton Fischer, age 75 of Houston, Texas, will be held at Laird’s Funeral Home, 2116 South Street, Nacogdoches, Texas, at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 2, 2022, with Dr. Allen Reed, retired pastor of First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas, officiating. Interment will immediately follow the service at Sunset Memorial Cemetery, 5127 North Street, Nacogdoches. Visitation will be held at Laird’s Funeral Home on Friday evening, April 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Ms. Fischer passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness on March 28, 2022.
Linda was born on February 22, 1947, in Nacogdoches, Texas, to Benjamin Clinton (B.C.) Whitton and Georgia Lewis Whitehead Whitton. After her mother’s untimely death when she was only 18 months old, Linda, her sister, and brother were reared by maternal aunts, Gladys and Hazel Whitehead, who predeceased her.
Linda graduated from Nacogdoches High School in 1965 and continued her education at Stephen F. Austin University where she earned B.S. and M.Ed. degrees. While attending SFA, her outgoing personality made lifelong friendships and gave her honored positions in the Chi Omega sorority.
A fifth generation Texan and native of Nacogdoches where she resided for 52 years, Linda moved to Houston, Texas in 1999. She continued her teaching career in Spring Branch ISD, where she was loved and admired by colleagues, students and their families. Her life in Houston was made richer by living closer to her sister, brother and their families, and by reconnecting with many close friends from her earlier days spent at Camp Mystic. After teaching for 20 years at Carpenter Elementary in Nacogdoches and in Houston, she retired in 2004 from Rummel Creek Elementary, Houston, which completed a dedicated 35-year teaching career. As a master teacher, she made a difference in the lives of her students. Linda enjoyed traveling with friends to many states in the US, Hawaii and Alaska, Europe, and the Holy Land.
Growing up and for the remainder of her life, Linda was fun, popular, witty, and athletic. She was always the “life of the party,” entertaining everyone around her. She played sports with natural talent and skill. Confident, independent and authentic, she was a straight shooter and never beat around the bush, yet she embodied an enviable sense of humor, grace, and humility. She always enjoyed a little mischief, and there is often repeated family lore about her many escapades. Her joyful disposition, contagious laugh, and beautiful smile never wavered even as her health declined. A devoted and committed Christian from early childhood, Linda remained steadfast in her faith and lived out Christ’s love for others.
In addition to her parents and beloved aunts, she is predeceased by her only brother, David Whitton, daughter-in-law, Marie Brueggemann Fischer and other close relatives. Surviving to cherish her memory are her dearly loved only child, son Scott Fischer, treasured granddaughter, Aubrey Shae Fischer; sisters Darla Whitton Shirley (James), Marsha Whitton Welch (Van), Martha Whitton Hamilton (Jim); stepmother, Dorothy Whitton; nephews Drew Shirley (Jennifer), Bart Shirley (Olivia), Clay Hamilton and Austin Welch (Sarah); nieces Alana Whitton Varela (Fernando, Paige Whitton Carter (Jason) and Meredith Welch Knudsen (Michael) ; great nephews Jay Shirley, Luke Shirley, Tyler Welch and Jordan Welch; great nieces Morgan Astolfo. Avery Davidson, Zoe Shirley and Caroline Knudsen; and numerous cousins. The family also recognizes Linda’s three dearest friends for over 60 years: Kathie Lamar, Phyllis Bentley, and Patricia Carey. We are grateful to the staff at Treemont Nursing Center for their devoted and faithful care for Linda the past two years. The family and friends who loved her shall mourn her death but are joyful for her reunion with her Heavenly Father and the loved ones who went before.
Memorial contributions made in Linda’s memory may be sent to:
--Edna Gladney Center for Adoption
6300 John Ryan Drive
Fort Worth, TX 76132
--First Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, Texas
411 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961