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Strickland, Betty Voss

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- October 29, 2016

Strickland, Betty Voss

Betty Voss Strickland, of Farmers Branch, Texas, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Betty is survived by her three daughters; Amy Elliott and husband, Steve of Flower Mound, Texas, Mayme Campbell and husband, George of Carrollton, Texas,  Kristi Purcell and husband, Ken of Lewisville, Texas; her five grandchildren, Justin Strickland of Denton, Texas, Kelly Campbell of Houston, Texas, Connor Campbell of Los Angeles, California, Jack Purcell of Lewisville, Texas, Joseph Giley Purcell of Lewisville, Texas; her sister, Patsy Turner of Dallas, Texas.  She is preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, the love of her life, General “Giley” Strickland; and her sister, Mary Jane Voss Davis.

Betty was a graduate of U.N.T. in Denton, Texas.  She was proud to be a B.O.I. (born on the island in Galveston, Texas.) She called Farmers Branch, where she lived for many years, “God’s Country.”  She taught Physical Education for 17 years, during which she founded the Irving High School Toy Tigers Drill Team with Lucille Casey.  She also served as director of the R.L. Turner Lionettes for many years.  She was an avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys, as well as the University of Texas Longhorns.  Betty then became a very successful real estate broker in Dallas, owning her own real estate company, Betty Strickland Realtors, specializing in the Brookhaven area of Farmers Branch, Texas.  She later managed regional offices for Merrill Lynch and Caldwell Banker.

Betty lived life to the fullest and made each day count. Her kindness to everyone was legendary as was her generosity. She was very patriotic, and would want you to know she voted on Wednesday.  She loved all of us with all her heart.  Congratulations on a life well lived, Betty, we will miss you!

A memorial mass will be held Friday, November 4 at 3:00pm at Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, 2800 Valwood Pkwy, Farmers Branch, Texas.   A celebration of Betty’s life will follow at the Country Place Clubhouse, 2727 Country Place Drive, Carrollton, Texas.

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Be The Best Of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill,

Be a scrub in the valley…

but be The best little scrub by the side of the rill;

Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush, be a bit of the grass, And some highway happier make;

If you can’t be a muskie, then just be a bass… But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew.

There’s something for all of us here,

here’s big work to do, and there’s lesser to do,

And the task you must do is near.

If you can’t be a highway, then just be a trail,

If you can’t be a sun, be a star;

It isn’t by size that you win or you fail…

Be the best of whatever you are!


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Kelly Tipton Ruivivar

December 02, 2016 9:31AM

LOVED Aunt Betty.. you will be truly missed on this earth... many fond memories of you and the family in Dallas. Especially the memory of you walking across the stage of our family talent show with the sign for the next, fun, fun! Until we meet again.. Love you, Kelly

Dorothy Selman Wasunyk

November 10, 2016 3:02PM

Amy and Mayme,

I just say that your mother died. She was a great lady, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to know and work with her.

Dorothy Selman Wasunyk

Jackie Friesenhahn

November 09, 2016 10:39AM

Betty, We did it... With out you pulling strings, it would have never have happen , I believe.. Trump is the new POTUS.. Your vote counted in his sucess.. You have always been there for those in need. And still there for all of us... You can Now RIP MY FRIEND.. God Bless You🙏


November 04, 2016 7:12PM

I have many memories of Betty while growing up, but I especially loved visiting Betty at the Beach House. We'd rent the one next door and go back and forth with our family!
She was such a fun lady! One of my favorite memories is that I could always find her with a glass of champagne! She was taught me that no day was too "plain" not to celebrate!

I will miss you Betty!

Suzane Johnston

November 04, 2016 9:44AM

God placed Betty in my life over fifteen years ago and like many others, she became my 'other' Mother. Betty and I could have fun at the local 7-11. We had tons of fun at the many Elks festivities, the Casinos and most of all at Ammies beach house in Matagorda. She was such a special person in my life, a great influence, I shall miss her tremendously but so thankful she went peacefully and got to vote!


November 03, 2016 7:32PM

Miss Betty you were a dear friend and I was blessed to have you as a friend, We had many laughs together along with serious conversations POLITICS LOL!I will always cherish our friendship. You will be dearly missed and will always hold a special place in my Heart. As well always said together Bounce!♡


November 02, 2016 11:03PM

The very first two times I met Betty she was with her friend Jackie and she tried to get in an establishment I was working at, she was new to the area so I couldn't let her in either time, but that didn't stop Betty from trying a third time weeks later in which I did let her in and I regret not letting her in the first time she came. She was such a wonderful person with a kind heart and very comical, every time I think of her I see smiles and laughter. I will miss her very much and never forget her wisdom and generosity. 🎰

Cindy Hanak

November 02, 2016 10:21AM

Betty you were truly a angel in disguise on earth. You can now wear your wings proudly as you look down on all of us keeping us safe and helping us to walk in God's footprints.
I use to laugh when you called me Saint Cindy when I knew in my heart you were the true Saint. God brought you into our lives and we will be forever grateful. Until we meet again


November 02, 2016 8:50AM

I will miss you Betty, I missed your smiling face when I went to Galveston to Jackie's. You were one of the sweetest lady's I have ever known. God bless you. My condolences to the family.

Barbara Jordan

November 01, 2016 8:48PM

Betty, I didn't know you as well as I would of liked to, but I'll never forget when I came to your house with my sister Jackie and I had a slight hangover. You made me a shake with ice cream and milk and within a few minutes I felt so much better. You just laughed and said ice cream fixes everything. Thank you sweet lady. You will be missed.

LaDonna Friesenhahn Sweeten

November 01, 2016 8:44PM

Thank you to all of Betty's family for sharing her with us - she was so generous with her love and support and she leaves us with such sweet memories. We know she is rejoicing with her love and left with the sweet satisfaction of knowing she did her part in the election - all our love and prayers, and hopefully a little chuckle on her behalf on Nov 8th!

Jackie Friesenhahn

November 01, 2016 7:23PM

Betty you were one of the most kind and compassionate people I ever meet. Your love for life was contagious . You made every day a special day.. I will always have fond memories of you and the fun days we spent together on our trips,on the beach,or just talking on the phone.. I think God for placing you in my life. For being my best friend. You will be missed by me and my whole family. RIP My Friend !
Jackie Friesenhahn