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Linda Rae Strickland

Celebration of Life Service: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 28, 2024

Location: Weymouth Funeral Home

Linda Rae Strickland, beloved mother, sister, “gramma,” and friend, passed peacefully to her heavenly home on January 16, 2024. She was 77 years old. Born in Jamestown, NY, she spent her childhood in both New York and also on her family farm in Minnesota. Later, she and her family resided in North Carolina, Maryland and finally in Virginia. Linda graduated from cosmetology school and was a hairdresser prior to starting her family. As a young mom, she later went back to school and earned her GED and then completed her studies as an Advanced Nursing Assistant at Hagerstown Junior College. In addition, Linda worked in food service and insurance sales. In everything she did, she had a tremendous work ethic and served others with integrity and compassion. Lessons she instilled in her children.

 

Family always came first as her children were growing up. She often worked 2 jobs, and went without, to help support her family. She worked hard to create happy memories and fun adventures for her children, so they never felt any lacking. She taught them to appreciate and savor even small things. She raised them to learn about and love Jesus, attending church and even singing with her daughters gospel songs for church services. She taught them the importance of helping others and being salt and light to those we meet. She taught them responsibility and compassion by adopting all kinds of pets into the family- bunnies, birds, dogs, fish and cats to name a few. She poured her heart into building up her children so they could grow up to love and be loved and find happiness in the world. She supported their dreams and passions whenever she could.

 

Another passion Linda passed on to her children was her creativity. She painted and crafted, did ceramics, crochet and needlework. She was amazing with a sewing machine, creating formal dresses for her daughters, home decor, and even baby clothes. Linda also loved music, especially gospel and pop music from the 60s and 70s. She played violin and sang for many years. And yes, she was an enthusiastic Elvis fan. 

 

Although her disease took a major toll on her over the past several years, her family remembers Linda as being hard working, loving others well, creating beauty and laughing often.  A beautiful legacy her children embrace.

 

Linda was preceded in death by her parents Elva and Albert Giordano, her son Alan Tidwell, and her niece Holly Jo Giordano. 

 

Linda leaves to cherish her memories, her children Andrew and Beverly Tidwell, Kimberly and Dan Wallace, and Jamie and James Ball; her nine grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; her sister Alice Ramirez and brother Gary Giordano, along with a host of other family and friends.

 

Linda’s family invites you to join them at a Celebration of Life service at Weymouth Funeral Home in Newport News, VA  on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BrightFocus Foundation to further research on a cure and cause of Alzheimer’s disease. 

 

John 5:24 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My Word, and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

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#1 CC 2024-01-22 18:10
I’m so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. May you find comfort and peace in God’s promise when no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people dwelling in the land will be pardoned for their error. -Isaiah 33:24
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