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Linda Faye Strickhausen Hagen was taken from this life unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011.  Born April 29, 1940, to Jules and Jesse (Johnson) Strickhausen in Galveston, she was raised in LaMarque where she graduated from LaMarque High School in 1958.

In 1955, Linda was set up on a blind date by best friend Melanie (Cox) Pennington with Billy Hagen, from which point she was smitten.  Billy and Linda married on May 30, 1959 and moved to Columbus in September 1959, where she worked as a Secretary at Colorado County Savings and Loan.  In 1966, she welcomed son Trent Lee followed by son Kyle Ray in 1969.   Although she was first and foremost a wife and mother, she spent many years as the Columbus Elementary School librarian.   She continued work in education in various roles in Columbus and Rice ISD.

Linda relished many activities and interests such as painting, fishing, traveling, and playing with her grandson.  She was a talented artist who had recently returned to painting. She enjoyed involvement in the community as a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and Hermann and Sons.  In recent years she passionately enjoyed fishing and taking the Linda Lou out at every opportunity. Linda loved traveling, especially to Lexington, Kentucky to dote on her grandson, Travis.  She was extremely musically inclined and sang at various church services and events.  She always enjoyed a good musical performance whether listening to Elvis or Enya, attending a live performance by Willie Nelson or a large stage extravaganza such as “Lord of the Dance” or Cirque de Sole.

She lives in the hearts of those lucky enough to have known her as wife, sister, mother, aunt, and friend.  She lived life to the fullest with a heart full of happiness and good cheer, which was contagious in her smile, her heart, her voice, her touch and her laugh.  She was an 18-year breast cancer survivor and her strength of character and will could be seen in her successful battle against breast cancer in 1993.  She will be best remembered for the time and love she gave to each person in her life and she will be missed for many years to come.  The Lord truly gained an angel of love when her time was so abruptly cut short.  We all know she is looking down on us from up above and hope we cherish the best parts and memories of her to live a life full of beauty, love and compassion.

Linda is survived by her husband of 52 years, Billy R. Hagen; son Trent Lee Hagen of Columbus, son Kyle R. Hagen and wife Kim of Lexington, KY; grandson Travis R. Hagen of Lexington, KY; brother Danny Strickhausen and wife Gloria of Longview, TX; brother Dennis Strickhausen of Corpus Christi, TX.  Linda was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 27, 2011 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus, Texas with Rev. Jeffrey Marsh officiating. Graveside service followed at 2:00 PM, Tuesday at Coshatte Cemetery near Bellville, Texas.

Pallbearers were nephews Danny Strickhausen, Craig Strickhausen, Shane Pfeffer, Damon Hagen, and family friends David Johnson and Wayne Zimmerhanzel.  Honorary pallbearers were brothers-in-law Bobby Hagen, James Hagen, Sammy Pfeffer, sister-in-law Emily (Hagen) Pfeffer, nephew Ward Hagen, and family friends Anthony Baumbach, Tommy Pennington and Steven Theiss.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 267, Columbus, TX 78934; Gideons Memorial Bible Chairman, P.O. Box 735, Columbus, TX 78934; or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265-0309. Online condolences may be shared with the family at, Henneke Funeral Home, Columbus, Texas, 979-732-2143

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