On May 21st, 1941 Mr. Barney Allen Sr and Mrs. Alfreda Bivens Allen welcomed their 5th child and 1st daughter Linda Dean Allen. Linda was one of seven wonderful children. Though there were many in the household Linda had the ability to stand her ground and avoid conforming to traditional expectations. She decided at an early age she would never marry or have children. She expressed that was not a road she deemed necessary for happiness.
After graduating from Hillard High School in May of 1960, Linda focused all her energy on being an intricate part of her immediate family unit.
Well into her twenties her brother Sherman convinced her she needed to learn to drive. After much resistance she decided she would allow him to teach her. He was always so patient, and they were remarkably close. Unfortunately, Linda lost her brother in August of 1967 before they completed her driving lessons. She never felt comfortable with anyone else and realized she quite enjoyed being chauffeured around. She then lost her father in November 1970. Both deaths were sudden and tethered Linda even more closely to her family.
As many young adults yearn to do, Linda’s sibling all left home creating their own lives and starting their own families. Linda, on the other hand, chose to build upon the foundation laid by her parents and committed to stay home with her mother and help raise her sister Cookie’s only child.
While Cookie worked in Radiology at MD Anderson Hospital and attended Texas Southern University, both full time, Linda encouraged her every step of the way. Others told Cookie “you’re trying to do too much.” Linda was Cookie’s constant source of strength, Always telling her sister “don’t you ever give up. Me and Mama Frieda are taking care of Katrina. You just focus, you can do it.” Cookie obtained her pharmacy degree and standing by her side on graduation day, with extreme pride, was Linda.
Linda was devastated by the loss of her mother Alfreda in January 1984 and her sister Cookie in December 1987. She leaned into her faith for strength, peace and guidance.
Linda remained at the family home and kept it filled with love. Ready to welcome all family any time day or night. She stayed busy cooking, doing laundry, anything her family needed. After leaving work she prepared for family get togethers. Her oldest brother Fleet was everyone’s favorite Postman. He was also the family’s counselor and problem solver. Barney Jr with Phillips Petroleum would keep the lawn manicured and the vehicles shinning. It was a special treat when her baby sister Alfreda Ann would leave her job at Mobile’s Corporate Office and drive down from Houston to spend quality time with Linda. Ann loved to cook, and the family loved her cooking. It was Linda’s opportunity to relax when her sister came to town. Even though all her siblings were married and led busy lives they would all unite at the family property for fellowship and bonding frequently. Her confidant was Bubba her middle brother. A dedicated law enforcement officer, he never missed a single day visiting with his sister. He was her personal chauffeur, business manager and best friend. The siblings were close and took care of one another.
Sadly, in September 2010 her youngest brother Barney Jr passed away. Bubba followed shortly after in October 2010. Linda’s life was committed to her immediate family, losing her two brothers, in such a short span of time hit hard.
Linda continued working and taking care of her family. With the niece she helped raise living more than three hours away, she and Fleet kept the family bond. He visited with his sister everyday Monday thru Friday. Ann visited frequently and prepared her fabulous meals. Though her niece was far away they spoke on the phone several times each day and took many road trips together. Linda’s great niece always referred to her as “my Boo thang”. Hence, the loving nickname stuck, Aunt Linda Boo!
Annette Allen – Green, Bubba’s daughter was now Linda’s personal chauffeur and they had a ball. On the road constantly, shopping, running errands, just having fun.
As retirement age approached, Linda’s niece, who was now raising her great niece in San Antonio Tx, was persistent in trying to get Linda to move to San Antonio and live with the two of them. Linda said that simply was not possible because someone had to maintain the family property. Her niece offered many different suggestions on how that could be taken care of, but they were all rejected. Though she was excited to visit frequently, she would not commit to live in San Antonio due to her family responsibilities in Bay City.
On February 4th, 2015 Linda’s great great niece was born. Everyone has heard of or experienced the miracle and overflowing joy that babies unleash in our hearts. Suddenly there was no place like San Antonio, with that baby girl. She happily relocated. She immediately became the heartbeat of the household in San Antonio just as she was in Bay City. It was joyful to see four generations, living and working together to experience all the magnificent things life has to offer.
Linda spoke constantly of how proud she was of her girls while experiencing her great great niece’s birthdays, her great niece’s promotions and her niece’s semi-retirement. She spoke often of how grateful she was for the way God had blessed her. The benefits of having such a wonderfully loving and nurturing family. During family meetings Linda would reminisce about her mother, father brothers and sisters. She spoke of how much she loved her entire family while enlightening her nieces on family history. Her great great niece was her everything, and they were inseparable. That little girl made Linda smile and laugh hard and often.
After recently complaining of abdominal discomfort, Linda was taken on Wednesday March 3rd for examination. On Saturday March 6th at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital Linda Dean Allen transitioned from this life.
A private ceremony was held at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, Memorial Park & Crematory in San Antonio Tx
Linda was correct when she said she would never marry but, she did have children, three of them: Katrina, Katina and Karina.
There are not enough words or enough time to express Linda’s love and dedication to her family. While everyone was marrying, having kids, divorcing, graduating college, traveling, building careers, changing careers and all things in between Linda Dean Allen was the remarkably steady anchor that encouraged everyone to live life to its fullest yet always know that she maintained a safe place for you to land if needed. She never looked at what she did as a sacrifice. She never desired or longed for more. From an early age Linda committed her life to her immediate family until her last day on this earth.
The family thanks everyone for the outpour of support. They will be receiving those who wish to celebrate Ms. Linda’s life on Saturday March 20th, 2021 between the hours of 2p to 5p.
Location: Condolences can be mailed to:
La Quinta Inn & Suites Remembering Linda Allen
5300 7th St c/o Mrs. JW Brown
Bay City Tx 77414 3213 John Paul Davis Ave
Bay City Tx 77414
To send verbal condolences or obtain additional information call 979-557-5431
Carrying on Linda’s memory are:
Katina Allen Bland (Niece)
Katina Lashae Bland – Bernal ( Great Niece)
Karina Faith Bernal ( Great Great Niece)
Alfreda Ann Allen – Robinson ( Sister)
Jw Brown (Brother)
Annette Allen-Green (Niece)
and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.