May 31, 1992 – August 2, 2019
Erika Maureen Wooten, age 27 passed away from a horseback riding accident on Friday, August 2, 2019, at AdventHealth Central Texas in Killeen, TX. She was born on May 31, 1992, in Covington, LA to Pamela (Ferguson) and Erik Hedegaard-Schou. Erik remarried Jeannie M. Bollinger of Houston, TX in 2000. She was a 2010 graduate of Katy Taylor High School, Katy, TX and Stephen F. Austin, Nacogdoches, TX in 2013. Erika was married to Austin James Wooten on March 12, 2016, at Stone Ranch in Murchison, TX. She worked as an environmental scientist for Sphere3 Environmental in Longview, TX and most recently at Whitetail Environmental in Killeen, TX where they had recently moved. Erika excelled as an air quality specialist even though her education, training, and passion was equine science. Erika was proud of her accomplishments. She was a member of the Katy Taylor High School Band, a member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as well the Valley Lodge Trail Ride Association. She won numerous awards for skills as an expert English rider and hunter jumper. Her passion was for all animals, large and small. She is survived by her two horses, Champ and Lola; her three dogs, Apollo, Durango and Odin; her two cats Ruger and Loki, and; her four snakes and one lizard. Erika was a free spirit, loving and intelligent. She was not showy nor boastful. She loved life and especially her husband Austin and her father, Erik. She is survived by her husband, Austin; her father, Erik Hedegaard-Schou; stepmother, Jeannie Bollinger; mother, Pamela Hedegaard-Schou; grandfather Benjamin R. Ferguson; brother, Conor Hedegaard-Schou; stepsister, Dylan Bollinger Blatter (Daniel) as well as a niece and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Family, friends, and others are invited to the LAKEVIEW FUNERAL HOME, 5000 W. Harrison Road, Longview, TX. 1 PM Visitation to reminisce, grieve, and support each other followed by a 2 PM service then a private family burial. In lieu of flowers, a GoFundMe page has been set-up for memorial contributions | https://www.gofundme.com/f/erik-wooten-funerary.
- Christian Hedegaard-Schou
- Scott Hedegaard-Schou
- Hunter Hedegaard-Schou
- James Whittenberg
- Nikota Welch
- Jason Dubois
- A Time of Visitation with Her Family Saturday, August 10, 2019
- A Celebration of Erika's Life Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Entombment Saturday, August 10, 2019
August 10, 2019
The memorial service for Erika was so special. Although I never met her, I feel like I know her better for having heard all the wonderful things she loved and did in her journey on Earth. I know she must have been a caring, thoughtful, kind and gentle person if she cared so much for the creatures who shared her path. I am so very sorry you lost her. And that the animals she loved lost her too. I pray that the Lord will wrap His loving arms around you and them with comfort and peace in the days ahead. I look forward to knowing Erika in Heaven. My sincere sympathies to you and your family and all her family as well.
August 8, 2019
I have such a beautiful memory of Erika coming to Arizona last year to say goodbye to her FarMor and all the memories we shared of Erika and FarMor. A couple, of course, involved aebleskivers.
Josef G. Kamerling
August 8, 2019
Erika made a gentleman out of Champ when no one else could. It was a pleasure to have shared some time with her.