Barbara passed away in Bellingham, at home, surround by family on October 15, 2017. She was born on November 24, 1932 to Clifford & Gladys Howe. A lifelong resident of Bellingham, Barbara graduated from Bellingham High school, class of 1950. A year after graduation, in March of 1951, she married Dale L. Strickler, and together they had three children. Barbara worked Ershig’s for 37 years, performing a variety of tasks.
Always a lady of grace, glamor and a bit of sass (not to mention her wit and sharp tongue!), Barbara was class act all the way down to the Virginia Slim! She had an unending sense of humor and could make anyone laugh, or at least smile. And, she loved to laugh! Barbara also had a heart for the underdog, or someone going through a difficult time. It was not unusual for her to take a bag of groceries to someone in need, and she spent many Saturday afternoons consoling friends and family members through their life’s difficulties. Barbara enjoyed traveling and loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Gladys Howe, her sisters Betty Reed and Vivian Adams, and ex-husband Dale L. Strickler.
Barbara is survived by daughter & son-in-law Sallie Strickler- Deitz & Gary Deitz of Seattle, WA, son & daughter–in-law Mick & Nancy Strickler of Thousand Oaks, CA, son & daughter-in-law Scott & Patty Strickler of Bellingham, WA, granddaughter Samantha (Paul Jr.) Tradelius of Novato, CA, grandson Elliott (Kayla) Strickler of Thousand Oaks, CA, and by great-grandchildren Bardot Tradelius, Monroe Tradelius and Connor Strickler
Barbara was an amazing woman, mother, & grandmother and will be dearly missed by all whom loved her.
A Visitation will be held on Monday, October 23, 2017 from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Moles Farewell Tributes, 2465 Lakeway Dr, Bellingham. A Graveside Service will follow at 1:00pm at Bayview Cemetery, with reception after at the family home.
- Date & Time: Oct 23, 2017 (No Time)
- Venue: Bayview Cemetery
- Location: 1420 Woburn St Bellingham, WA 98229 - (Get Directions)