Sandra J. Strickland

Sandra Jo Strickland, 77, of Montpelier, IN, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at 7:10 p.m. at Heritage Pointe of Warren.

Mrs. Strickland graduated in 1958 from Marion High School and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Ball State University, cum laude. She taught fourth grade at Montpelier Elementary School for 28 years. She was a member of the Indiana State Teachers Association and Tri Kappa.

She was born Aug. 11, 1940, in Grant County to Charles E. and Maryann Wright Ellsworth. She married Kenneth E. Strickland on March 9, 1958, at the First Christian Church in Marion, and he survives.

Additional survivors include two sons, Kenneth Ray (Sherri) Strickland, of Gaston, and Stephen Eugene (Amy) Strickland, of Bryon Center, MI; a daughter, Cyndi Ann (Bob) Poe, of Huntington; a brother, Robert DeLong, of Marion; nine grandchildren, Stacy Jo (Greg) Jarrett, Christopher (Ann) Strickland, Craig (Ashley) Strickland, Patty (Jason) Smalley, Ashley (Caleb) Ling, Shelli (Justin) Coburn, Gabriel Austin Poe, Samantha Strickland and Ryan Strickland; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Calling is Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier. A service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at 11 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service. Rev. Susan Finley will officiate. Interment will be at Brookside Memorial Park, in Montpelier.

Memorial gifts may be made to Blackford Animal Shelter in care of Pam Bonham, PO Box 70, Hartford City IN 47348.

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