Roberta White Strickland
April 25, 1946 ~ September 16, 2013
Roberta White Strickland, 67, died Monday, September 16th in Montgomery, Alabama with her family by her side. Roberta was born to Robert and Ione (Gager) White on April 25, 1946. She graduated from New Hampton High School in 1964 and later graduated from Upper Iowa College with a major in business and a minor in political science in 1968. She was exceptionally proud of her membership in Girl Scout Troop 323, which, with strong support from the community, was able to raise funds enabling the Troop to tour Europe in the summer of 1963. Following college, she travelled to Germany and married her high-school sweetheart, Jonathan (Jon) Strickland and after a brief time in Des Moines, Iowa moved to Alabama where she was employed by the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations from 1977-2008, retiring as Assistant Unemployment Compensation Director – Tax. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law Tom and Deb White of Shell Rock, IA; her husband, Jon of Montgomery, AL; Son, Nathan and Daughter-In-Law, Melissa of Linden, NC; and two wonderful grandchildren, Jonathan Steven and Luke Tyler. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, friend and life partner. As the bard says, “the world is a little sadder place without her.” Roberta was preceded in death by her Mother, Ione Ruth “Gager” White who died in 1999 and her Father, Robert (Bob) Allen White who died in 2009. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Colonial Foundation of Williamsburg, Virginia – or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Service: A graveside memorial service is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013 at the White family plot in the Riverside cemetery in Riceville, Iowa. Following the service, refreshments will be served at the Pub On The Pinicon restaurant in New Hampton.