Texan by choice Linda Wooten received the 2019 Commissioner of the Year award at this week’s quarterly meeting of the Fort Bend County Historical Commission.
In making the announcement and presenting her with the award — a miniature wooden replica of Fort Bend County — Commission chairman Chris Godbold cited highlights of Linda’s service to date with the all-volunteer department of county government.
Linda currently serves as co-chair with Bedttye Anhaiser on the Commission’s markers and research committee.
She authored the successful paper for the Fulshear Black Cemetery historical marker and organized the marker dedication for the Fulshear Black Cemetery and also for the Pittsville marker dedication. Currently, Linda is pursuing replacement of the broken Pleasant Hill Cemetery marker.
In the Fulshear area, where she and husband Bill have lived the past 18 years, she is focused on local heritage, seeking out people who know and care about the history. The city of Fulshear has awarded her multiple community spirit awards for her assistance with city festivals.
Linda has contributed to other committees of the Commission such as oral history, for which she helped organize and run the Fulshear Oral History Fair in 2013. She has also assisted the archives and preservation committees.
Linda took on major work with the cemeteries committee, addressing protective issues with the Fulshear Family Cemetery and Rice Cemetery. Linda became aware through her knowledge of city affairs that development was planned for the properties containing both neglected cemeteries. Her leadership and work on behalf of both cemeteries, and especially the Fulshear Family Cemetery, have borne fruit.