Barber County Kansas
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from the Federated church at 2:30 for Mrs. Anna Beth Hoovier Strickland, who died Sunday morning, December 7, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hoovier, following an illness of several months.
Rev. Eugene A. Hessel, pastor of the Federated church, had charge of the services and sang "One Sweet Solemn Thought," with Mrs. Eldon A. Ardery at the organ.
Pall bearers, close friends of the family, included Austin Brown, Clyde Etter, Alvin Jordan, Earl Phillips, Gene Thompson and Lloyd Rolles. Honorary pall bearers were Frank Randall, G. T. Midgley, Orinn Compton, W. E. Jolly and B. A. Cameron Sr. Interment was in the Hoovier family plot in the Masonic cemetery.
The deceased was born November 14, 1904 at Council Grove, Kansas and spent her early life there, graduating from high school at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. In May 31, 1928 she was married to Troy J. Strickland at Medicine Lodge, Kansas. To this union three children were born Joan Marie, who preceded her in death at the age of three years; James Leighton, 15, and Dorothy Jean, 10, who still survive. With her husband and family she came to Arizona in 1929 and had lived in that state continuously since that time, with exception of one year which was spent in Idaho. Before she was stricken with the illness which caused her death, she had lived at her new home only a few months at the Petrified Forest where Mr. Strickland is employed.
Other than her two children mentioned above, other survivors are her husband, Troy J. Strickland; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Hoovier, and two sisters, Mrs. Marie Decker of Phoenix and Mrs. Callie Kersh, Flagstaff.
Out of town relatives and friends who attended the funeral services were, Mrs. Carrie Shriver, Hollywood, Kansas; Mrs. Cuba Shriver, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, sisters of Mr. Strickland; Mr. and Mrs. Dale Cress, Phoenix; Mr. and Mrs. Don Connelly, St. Johns; Mrs. Anona Heap, St. Johns; Miles Gibbons, St. Johns; Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Whitcraft, and Mrs. Roy Workman, all of Petrified Forest, and her sister Mrs. Marie Decker, and children of Phoenix.
For Those I Love
When my "Garden Gate" must close
And the lilly and the rose
Form a pillow for my head;
Let sweet memories linger here
For the ones I love most dear,
Like the evening shadows linger on the flowers.
Let this thought some to them then
As a sort of comfort, when
I have journeyed down the garden path;
"I'll leave the gate ajar."
So they'll seem a little nearer
So that heaven will seem the dearer -
I could not enjoy heaven,
It would seem to very far
When I pass to that great Beyond
I could leave -
The gate ajar.
-- Anna B. Strickland.
(From the The Coconino Sun, Flagstaff, Arizona.)
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