ALBANY, ORE. - Lois Strickler, 85, of Albany, Ore., died Monday, March 8, 2004, at the Mennonite Home in Albany. She was born June 30, 1918, in Alamosa, Colo., to Robert Lee and Martha Jane (Dobbs) Carr. She was the daughter-in-law of longtime Long Beach residents and bakery owner/operators Earl and Virginia (Wells) (Strickler) Coughman.

She spent her early years in Colorado and Idaho before moving to Vallejo, Calif. After high school graduation she went to business school in Oakland, Calif., and worked in San Francisco, taking the ferry to work before the Oakland-San Francisco Bay Bridge was built.

On April 19, 1942, she married Harold "Red" Strickler. During World War II they lived at his various duty stations. After his discharge in 1945 they settled in Hayward, Calif. where Mrs. Strickler was a homemaker. In the early 1980s the couple retired to Long Beach. Mrs. Strickler moved to Albany, Ore, in 1999.

She always enjoyed her time with friends at the senior lunches in Ilwaco, watching nature as it changed with the seasons, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and reading.

Mrs. Strickler is survived by daughter Diane Sprenger of Shedd, Ore., and son Kim Strickler of Sutter Creek, Calif.; granddaughters Jessica Coudare, Gabrielle Johnson, Courtney Strickler and Allison Strickler; and great-grandson Allan Coudare.

She was preceded in death by her husband, who died Oct. 17, 1989, by her older sister and three older brothers.

There will be no services. She will be interred with her husband at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Fisher Funeral Home in Albany is handling the arrangements.

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