Roberta White Strickland

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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.

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  1. Dear Jon and Family, You have my deepest sympathies on the loss of your wife and mother. Roberta and I often sat near each other in classes because of the “W” and attended the same church. She was a kind, thoughtful, mild-mannered girl, and I’m sure, the same as an adult. I know you have many fond memories of your lives together and may they help you in the days to come. Sincerely, Jamie Adair

  2. I am so sorry to hear about Roberta. I worked with her for for many years at the Department of Industrial Relations. I am thankful to her for the things she taught me. One thing I will always remember is that she was meticulous about details. More than that her devoted love for her family was so very clear. She will be missed. My prayers are with you.

  3. I remember Roberta Strickland when she was in UC Tax. She was a great lady. I will miss Roberta a lot. My prayers will be with the family. Love Miss Marsha Clogston AL Dept. of Labor Montgomery AL

  4. I remember Roberta when she was in UC Tax. Roberta was a great lady. I will miss Roberta a lot. My prayers will be with the family. Love Miss Marsha Clogston AL Dept of Labor Montgomery AL

  5. Jon and family, I’m want to extend my sympathy. Roberta was a friend that was there for you during high school. Although quiet, her smile and pleasant manners helped solve “problems” of the day. Let her memory help you through the dark days ahead.

  6. Jon and family; Tom and Deb, our thoughts, prayers and love are shared with you today. Heaven has truly received a very beautiful and gracious lady. If there is anything we can do, please let us know. Roxanne and Norb

  7. Jon, my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Roberta. She was such a quiet, soft-spoken girl who never changed. Her picture looks exactly as she did in high school. We will remember you in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Jon, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Roberta was a beautiful person and I know she will rest in the fullness of God’s peace.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with the Strickland and White families. I worked with Roberta for a number of years at Dept. of Industrial Relations and she will truly be missed.

  10. Nathan and Jon, May God bless and keep you during this difficult time. Nathan, your mom loved you so much. She will be missed. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy will come in the morning.

  11. Roberta and the other members of their Girl Scout troop represent the best about growing up in New Hampton. They were so nice to me, even tho I was in a different troop. She was a very good friend, and I am sorry she was taken from her family prematurely

  12. Roberta meant so much to me as a mentor and helped me so much in my career with State of Alabama. I’m so sorry to hear that she has gone. I wish you my deepest condolences and will remember your family in my prayers.

  13. Roberta was a wonderful boss to me for several years. We have lost a great lady. My prayers will go to her family.

  14. Sending love and prayers to all… My Aunt Roberta was a wonderful lady, and I know she will be greatly missed…..

  15. Tom and Deb, Jon and family, So sorry to hear of the passing of my childhood neighbor. And the same from my Aunt Celine Scholl, who still lives next door to the former White home. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  16. jon sorry for your loss, lost my wife of 41 years this year so i sort of understand your loss, am praying for both of you gary

  17. Please accept our sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. This is one of the most difficult things we must face in our life. May it comfort you to know that others are deeply touched by your loss. God assures us at Psalms 34:18 that he is near to those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves. Jesus also promises that we will be able to see our loved ones again. Jesus own words found at John 5:28,29 tells us there will be a resurrection. What a wonderful hope! God says that soon on the earth there will be no more pain, suffering and especially death at Revelation 21:3-5 We anxiously await the day when we will no longer lose those we love. May these bible thoughts bring you comfort at this most difficult time.

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