In memory of
Doris Ruth Strickland
In memory of
Doris Ruth Strickland
Doris Ruth was born on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu in 1930 to a large, loving family, the ninth of ten children of Jessie and Anastasius "AK" Vierra. Proud of their Portuguese heritage and her family's embodiment of the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. Doris embraced all those around her, receiving everyone she met with open arms and greeting the world with a smile and personality that overflowed with charisma and charm. Doris moved to the seaside town of Fort Bragg in 1961. She met Ben Strickland in 1977, and they married three years later, settling down in nearby Comptche, where she easily wove into the fabric of the local community. Ben and Doris were inseparable and this past December celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. Doris was blessed as the mother of four beautiful children, William, Rebecca, Timothy, and Angelique, and stepmom to Kurtis. She has nine grandchildren: Steven (Tina), Jeffrey (Michelle), Travis (Elise), Jacob, Richard, Ashley (Kevin), Dominic, Zachary and Valeria. Doris worked for many years at Redwood Health Club as manager and aerobics instructor and was passionate about health and fitness, organizing and leading walking groups amongst friends and for charity. One of Doris' many gifts was her extraordinary culinary talent; her meals were often accompanied by a pot of Ben's chili. Her signature Turtle Cake won first place in the 1989 Fort Bragg Chocolate Fest, and their pickles placed first at the Mendocino County Fair. Both ribbons were proudly displayed in her kitchen at home, where she also kept a shelf with an impressive row of cookbooks, although anyone would note that with her abilities, any assistance was unnecessary. She loved sharing homemade goodies with nearby friends and neighbors, and many times, would send visitors and repairmen home with jars of marmalade, pickles, or applesauce. The food Doris created truly began in her carefully cultivated garden at their sunny hillside home, where she grew a remarkable variety of produce including broccoli, carrots, collard, tomatoes, apples and delicious herbs. Before preparing a meal, she'd walk outside to her lovingly rendered garden and choose fresh herbs and vegetables to create an incredible organic meal. When she baked her famous apple pie, the fruit was from her own tree, with a crust she formed herself, served a la mode with her homemade ice cream. She was the life of the party wherever she went; she was confident, elegant, genuine, direct and lighthearted in a way that endeared her to anyone she met. Her smile and bright blue eyes could light up any room. She was energetic and fun, positive and encouraging, yet also feisty and would speak her mind. She was so full of life that a conversation, a joke, or a laugh with her would be the highlight of the day. The brightness of her personality was evident in countless ways, from dancing, Footlighters theater, sewing, baking, canning, cooking and gardening, to the notes and letters she penned in her beautiful handwriting. Doris was diligent and always hardworking, inspiring those around her with excellence, creativity and style in everything she did. She was a naturally great storyteller, with an easy ability to hold an audience and deliver laughter at will. We loved to hear her recount them all, including one of her favorites about the time she was leaving a restaurant, and on the way to the exit, passed by a stack of tortillas. On a whim, tortillas now in hand, she turned back and began slinging them one by one through the air like Frisbees across the crowded dining room to the enthusiastic cheers of her fellow diners as she exited to a waiting taxi. Doris was an appreciative person, always so thankful for her dear husband, to whom she referred to lovingly in her journals as "my honey," always thankful for her family and friends, and for any kindness or gift given to her. She and Ben were generous as well, joyfully giving gifts to others. Doris loved life and faithfully thanked the Lord for the gift of each new day, for His protection and provision. She found great joy in the beauty of life: a sunny day, colorful flowers, a hummingbird, a bountiful garden, with those very things mentioned in her journals and captured in little watercolor paintings. She loved to sing and could usually be heard humming a tune, just as she did as a young girl while washing dishes for her entire family of twelve. Doris is greatly missed and remembered lovingly by her husband, Ben; her four children, William, Rebecca (Bob), Timothy, and Angelique (Fred); Kurtis (Carla) Strickland, her nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren (another due in July), her loving nieces Girlie (Ron), Betty Jane, Cookie, and nephews Charles and Rudy, many others in our family, and her very dear friends. We love our mom, grandma, aunty, and loving wife and hope to make her proud of the special legacy she leaves in each one of us. As Doris would always fondly conclude any visit or conversation, and as we now say, "God bless you." We love and miss you, Mom, every day. "The Lord is my rock and my refuge, my God in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2 A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Doris Ruth Strickland
Doris Ruth was born on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu in 1930 to a large, loving family, the ninth of ten children of Jessie and Anastasius "AK" Vierra. Proud of their Portuguese heritage and her family's embodiment of the Hawaiian spirit of Aloha. Doris embraced all those around her, receiving everyone she met with open arms and greeting the world with a smile and personality that overflowed with charisma and charm. Doris moved to the seaside town of Fort Bragg in 1961. She met Ben Strickland in 1977, and they married three years later, settling down in nearby Comptche, where she easily wove into the fabric of the local community. Ben and Doris were inseparable and this past December celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary. Doris was blessed as the mother of four beautiful children, William, Rebecca, Timothy, and Angelique, and stepmom to Kurtis. She has nine grandchildren: Steven (Tina), Jeffrey (Michelle), Travis (Elise), Jacob, Richard, Ashley (Kevin), Dominic, Zachary and Valeria. Doris worked for many years at Redwood Health Club as manager and aerobics instructor and was passionate about health and fitness, organizing and leading walking groups amongst friends and for charity. One of Doris' many gifts was her extraordinary culinary talent; her meals were often accompanied by a pot of Ben's chili. Her signature Turtle Cake won first place in the 1989 Fort Bragg Chocolate Fest, and their pickles placed first at the Mendocino County Fair. Both ribbons were proudly displayed in her kitchen at home, where she also kept a shelf with an impressive row of cookbooks, although anyone would note that with her abilities, any assistance was unnecessary. She loved sharing homemade goodies with nearby friends and neighbors, and many times, would send visitors and repairmen home with jars of marmalade, pickles, or applesauce. The food Doris created truly began in her carefully cultivated garden at their sunny hillside home, where she grew a remarkable variety of produce including broccoli, carrots, collard, tomatoes, apples and delicious herbs. Before preparing a meal, she'd walk outside to her lovingly rendered garden and choose fresh herbs and vegetables to create an incredible organic meal. When she baked her famous apple pie, the fruit was from her own tree, with a crust she formed herself, served a la mode with her homemade ice cream. She was the life of the party wherever she went; she was confident, elegant, genuine, direct and lighthearted in a way that endeared her to anyone she met. Her smile and bright blue eyes could light up any room. She was energetic and fun, positive and encouraging, yet also feisty and would speak her mind. She was so full of life that a conversation, a joke, or a laugh with her would be the highlight of the day. The brightness of her personality was evident in countless ways, from dancing, Footlighters theater, sewing, baking, canning, cooking and gardening, to the notes and letters she penned in her beautiful handwriting. Doris was diligent and always hardworking, inspiring those around her with excellence, creativity and style in everything she did. She was a naturally great storyteller, with an easy ability to hold an audience and deliver laughter at will. We loved to hear her recount them all, including one of her favorites about the time she was leaving a restaurant, and on the way to the exit, passed by a stack of tortillas. On a whim, tortillas now in hand, she turned back and began slinging them one by one through the air like Frisbees across the crowded dining room to the enthusiastic cheers of her fellow diners as she exited to a waiting taxi. Doris was an appreciative person, always so thankful for her dear husband, to whom she referred to lovingly in her journals as "my honey," always thankful for her family and friends, and for any kindness or gift given to her. She and Ben were generous as well, joyfully giving gifts to others. Doris loved life and faithfully thanked the Lord for the gift of each new day, for His protection and provision. She found great joy in the beauty of life: a sunny day, colorful flowers, a hummingbird, a bountiful garden, with those very things mentioned in her journals and captured in little watercolor paintings. She loved to sing and could usually be heard humming a tune, just as she did as a young girl while washing dishes for her entire family of twelve. Doris is greatly missed and remembered lovingly by her husband, Ben; her four children, William, Rebecca (Bob), Timothy, and Angelique (Fred); Kurtis (Carla) Strickland, her nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren (another due in July), her loving nieces Girlie (Ron), Betty Jane, Cookie, and nephews Charles and Rudy, many others in our family, and her very dear friends. We love our mom, grandma, aunty, and loving wife and hope to make her proud of the special legacy she leaves in each one of us. As Doris would always fondly conclude any visit or conversation, and as we now say, "God bless you." We love and miss you, Mom, every day. "The Lord is my rock and my refuge, my God in whom I trust." Psalm 91:2 A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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