In 1953, Linda Ulrich (Morton) moved from Akron, Ohio to Coral Gables, Florida and lived in the Miami area until she graduated from college in December 1969. That was also was the year she married Edward Morton, a lieutenant in the U.S Army. They began their life together in Colonial Heights, Virginia and Washington D.C. Then, in 1972 when Edward completed his service obligation, they returned to South Florida and moved to a quiet little town called Naples to raise their children.
Linda Morton earned a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. She worked in the Collier County Public Schools in the positions of migrant tutor, remedial high school teacher, cross country coach and track coach. In 1983 with the birth of her third child, she decided to stay home and spend more time with her young children. During this time, Linda wanted to maintain her involvement with education and volunteered in elementary, middle and high schools accumulating well over 2000 hours of service.
In 2000, the Education Foundation of Collier County (now known as Champions For Learning) needed someone with a solid reputation in the Collier County Public Schools to assist in starting their Take Stock in Children Scholarship/Mentoring program for economically challenged students. Linda was selected for that position. Over the next 18 years until her retirement, Linda worked at Champions For Learning as a Take Stock in Children Student Advocate, Program Director and College and Career Coordinator.