Linda Wickett Allison of Dallas, Texas, passed away after a short illness on December 28, 2009, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was born Aug. 14, 1931, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Kenneth and Blanche Wickett and grew up in Ft. Worth, Texas. She attended the Brownmoor School for Girls in Scottsdale, AZ, before graduating from Paschal High in Ft. Worth in January 1949. She then attended TCU for one semester before going to the Edgewood Park Junior College for Women in Briarcliff Manor, NY. She married her childhood sweetheart, Pat Sterling Holloway, of Brownwood and Ft. Worth, Texas, in Dec. 1949. They moved to Austin in the fall of 1950 where she attended undergraduate classes at UT while her husband obtained his law degree. After law school, they lived in Dallas; they had 3 children, Catherine, Marcy, and Patrick, during their 18 year marriage. Linda was heavily involved in Republican Party politics in Dallas for years and was active in many landmark local, state and national campaigns. She worked at Goals for Dallas in the late 1960's before marrying James N. Allison, Jr., of Midland, Texas, the love of her life, on Nov. 11, 1971. They lived in Virginia while Jimmy had a political consulting business in Washington, D.C.; later they moved to Midland after the death of Jimmy's father where Jimmy owned and ran the Midland Reporter-Telegram until his untimely death in 1978. After Linda moved back to Dallas, she served on the boards of the Kent Waldrep National Paralysis Foundation and the American Paralysis Association, was a trustee of the International Spinal Research Trust, and was appointed to and served on the National Council on Disability. She was a beautiful, intelligent, impeccably stylish and dynamic woman who freely volunteered her unerring advice to those in need and those who mistakenly thought they were not. She loved to spend time in New York with her grandchildren and long-time friends there and enjoyed many summer vacations in Nantucket creating wonderful memories for her family. She was an imposing matriarch who was constantly orchestrating inspired and delightful outings for her family; her insight, wit, humor and loving attention will be sorely missed. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Catherine Gail Holloway of Austin, Texas; her beloved husband, James N. Allison of Midland, Texas; as well as by her parents, Kenneth L. Wickett and Blanche Cox Wickett of Ft. Worth, Texas. She was a devoted daughter, a generous and loving mother, and a doting grandmother. She is survived by her grandson, Storm Holloway of New York, New York; her son Patrick L. Holloway, his wife Nancy and their children Ian and Brooke of Dallas, Texas; her daughter Marcy Holloway of Austin, Texas; and her siblings Kenneth A. Wickett and wife Karla of Springfield, VA, and their children Lauren Hamilton, Brett Thompson, and Elizabeth Wickett; Robert G. McKinney and wife Carol of Houston, Texas, and their children Buck McKinney, Bess Teague, and Jake McKinney; and Frederick H. Wickett and Alice E. Wickett of Ft. Worth, and Alice's children Amy Kersch and Lee Daniels. The North Dallas Funeral Home is handling cremation services; graveside services for the family at Resthaven Memorial Park in Midland, Texas, are pending. In lieu of flowers or memorials, please send contributions to the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation or your local Planned Parenthood.
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Published by Midland Reporter-Telegram from Jan. 3 to Jan. 4, 2010.