Lzady “L” Strickland, 92, died on March 5, 2017, at her home in Twisp. She was born Aug. 10, 1924, in Sylva, North Carolina, to Oscar and Minnie Queen. She had three brothers, Art, Clarence and John. The family moved to Darrington, Washington, when Lzady was 5 years old. She grew up in Darrington, Bryant and Arlington, Washington, graduating from Arlington High School. During World War II while two of her brothers served in the military, Lzady worked as a riveter, building airplanes.
After the war she was introduced to Vernon Strickland by the driver of a bus she frequently rode who thought they would be a good couple. Lzady and Vernon were married on June 21, 1946. They moved to Lake City, Washington, where they became parents to Lzady Ann, Keith Vernon and Colleen Doris. In 1956 after visiting a friend several times in the Methow Valley, they moved to Twisp, where they lived the rest of their lives on a ranch in the shadow of McClure Mountain. The highlight for Lzady each week was attending TOPS meetings on Tuesdays. She was a member for almost 30 years. Her family would like to thank all those wonderful folks who gave her a ride every Tuesday to TOPS. She was also a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary, and attended birthday club each month.
She is survived by her daughter Lzady Culver; son Keith Strickland; two grandchildren, Kari Knowles Burnett (Devin) and Joe Knowles (Heidi); and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Samuel Burnett. She is also survived by her best friend of over 50 years, Ina Marie Remsberg. She is preceded in death by her husband Vernon Strickland, and daughter Colleen Eastman.
Her funeral will be held Friday (March 17), at 11 a.m. at the Cascade Bible Church in Twisp. The Prechts Funeral Home is handling the burial arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Legion Auxiliary.