A tireless volunteer and advocate for public health in Madison County is remembered for her dedication to community.
Linda Houser, of Mount Sterling, passed away Monday, October 17. She was 75.
Houser was a familiar face at Madison Health, where she was a longtime volunteer and member of the auxiliary.
Last year, she was recognized for volunteering more than 6,000 hours at the hospital. In 2013, she received the Centerpiece of the Day award, given to the volunteer with the most accumulated hours over the years. The award can only be received one time.
Houser was honored for being an active auxiliary member and for delivering food to local residents with LifeCare Alliance/Meals on Wheels. She also volunteered at the Bob Powers Golf Classic and Bake-Nic.
Darla Bires, the hospital’s volunteer coordinator, said Houser loved people, and Madison Health loved her back.
“When Linda talked to you, she had a special way of making you feel like you were the most important person she had seen that day,” Bires said. “She was such a presence at the organization, dedicating countless hours, and her passion for volunteerism was most evident at the Madison Health Cancer Center. We will certainly miss her contagious laughter and energetic spirit.”
For the past 15 years, Houser also served on the Madison County Board of Health, including a term as board president. She was instrumental in the passing of three health levies, and part of the hiring committee for two health commissioners.
During her tenure on the board, the department responded to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and the H1N1 influenza epidemic of 2009.
“Linda was supportive of the health department staff and the community she served,” a spokesperson said. “Linda will be sadly missed by all the employees at the Madison County Health Department as well as the community and anyone that knew her.”
Teresa Ames, board vice president, remembered Houser for her dedication to the community.
“Linda was well known for her community involvement, volunteerism and support of the health department, Madison Health, Madison-Plains schools, and her church. She made friends wherever she went,” Ames said. “I am comforted today knowing that she is reunited with Vern and in pain no longer.”
A moment of silence was held for Houser during Tuesday’s Madison-Plains Board of Education meeting.
Houser was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church in Mount Sterling and a volunteer at Mt. Sterling Community Center. She was also a Pythian Sister of Mt. Sterling and a member of the Madison County Republican Party Women’s Club.