At 8:16 a.m. on the 22nd of February 2020 Susan Ann Strickland completed her sojourn with us and returned home.  She was born on Sept. 20, 1948. at King Daughters Hospital in Columbia, Tenn., with her twin sister, Barbara Ann Whitwell, to Rose Anna Schuster and Leonard Lawrence (Arthur) Gates.  After the death of their mother, the sisters and older brother were adopted and raised by John I. and Virginia M. Vernon.

Susan was very active in church, lodge and tribal activities during her time with us. She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and was attending the Licking, Mo., congregation.  She was a full-time mother and wife and is survived by her husband of 53 years, Vernon W. Strickland, and her four children, 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Sonshine and Rainbow Day School at the Licking Church of Christ.

A memorial celebration of life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m.  Saturday, March 28, 2020, at Fox Funeral Home, 128 S. Main St., Licking, Mo., 65542.  Arrangements entrusted to Fox Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be left at


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