Longtime resident, passionate gardener
Patricia Strickland. (Courtesy photo)
Patricia L. (Stockwell) Strickland, 82, a longtime Harvard resident, died Sept. 17, 2021.
Pat was born in Fitchburg, July 16, 1939, a daughter of Philip G. and Esther C. (Earls) Stockwell.
Her husband of 62 years, Eldon M. Strickland Jr., died in January 2020.
Pat worked with her husband in their family business, Ayer Moving & Storage, for several years. She attended and taught Sunday School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ayer and actively participated in the Christian Women’s Club at the Bull Run restaurant. Pat enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also shared her passion for gardening with all who knew her.
She leaves her five children and their spouses: Karen Strickland Sampson and her husband David, of Dunstable; Cheryl Houle and her husband Brian, of Hubbardston; Drs. Eldon Strickland III and his husband Libor, of Watertown; Holly Rossner and her husband Albert Rossner III, of Parma, Michigan; and Philip Strickland and his wife Amy, of Lunenburg. She also leaves her 11 grandchildren: David Sampson Jr., Ashley Sampson, Stephanie Tremblay, Michael Houle, Stephen Houle, Albert Rossner IV, Heather Curtis, Hannah Rossner, Hope Rossner, Shaun Hart, and Grace Strickland. She also leaves 13 great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7, at the Anderson Funeral Home, Ayer. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer. Burial will be in Bellevue Cemetery, Harvard.
Everyone attending the funeral service at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is required to wear a mask.