Mary Ellen Strickland
1925 - 2012
Published: December 9, 2012
Mary Ellen (Yeakey) Strickland was born March 6, 1925, in Tulsa, Okla. She went to join her Savior on Dec. 6, 2012, from their home in Bentonville, Ark.
Mary Ellen exemplified faith, commitment and nurturing for young children. She was a talented artist who graduated from the University of Tulsa and had a successful career at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Kan., where she met and married the Rev. Harold Strickland. As they moved from small Episcopal parishes in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa, Mary Ellen was a constant source of help and encouragement to Harold with personal passions for children's work.
Five children were born to Harold and Mary Ellen. She is survived by Harold of the home; Cheryl and Gene Allen, Andrew and Julie Strickland, Hilda and Ron Lantz, Paul and Lisa Strickland, and Mark Strickland; in addition to seven grandchildren and three great- grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Theodore's Episcopal Church, Bella Vista, Ark., Monday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m.
The family requests that memorials be marked for St. Theodore's Memorial Fund.
Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville.