June 24, 1928 - November 8, 2016
Nancy Hood Strickland, 88, of Farmers Branch, Texas, passed away Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from complications due to a six year battle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. She was born in Queens, New York, on June 24, 1928 to Walter L. and Althea (Lauderback) Hood.
Nancy attended schools in Houston, Texas, graduating from Lamar High School in 1945, then continuing her education at Rice Institute (now Rice University) in Houston, where she graduated with a BA degree in the Foreign Languages in 1949. After graduation from Rice, she became a Stewardess for Braniff Airlines where she met her future husband and love of her life, Jack Byron Strickland, of Dallas, Texas. Nancy and Jack were married January 20, 1950. It was during that first year that Jack, a veteran of WWII, was recalled to duty during the Korean War. This turn of events in their early marriage took them to San Diego, California for over a year. Upon returning to Dallas they started their family with the birth of their son, Tracy, in 1952 and completing the family with the birth of Becky in 1955. In 1961 Nancy returned to school to get her teaching credentials and was hired that same year by the Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD to teach Language Arts at Vivian Field Junior High. The following year she moved to RL Turner High School’s foreign language department to teach Spanish. In 1975 the second high school in the district, Newman Smith, was opened and Nancy was moved there to be the Foreign Language Department Chairman. She retired in 1988 after 27 years of teaching. Her love of teaching was so great that she ran for the CFISD School Board, where she won a seat and served for 12 years. Recognized for her contribution to education, the School Board dedicated the Nancy H. Strickland Intermediate School in her honor on October 14, 2008. During her life service, Nancy has left her gracious mark on the numerous students she taught and provided leadership on the CFBISD School Board and to the numerous civic and professional organizations to which she belonged. Nancy will be dearly missed and remembered by not only her loving family, but by all those whose life she touched in so many ways.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack and is survived by her son, Tracy Strickland and wife Kay; daughter, Becky Jackson and husband Miles Jackson; 8 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and sister-in-law, Ann Strickland.
Visitation will be Sunday, November 13th, from 2 to 5 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel at the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
A Memorial Service will be for family and close friends at a date to be determined later.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to either the Carrollton Farmers Branch Educational Foundation for Nancy H. Strickland Intermediate School (http://cfbgiving.com/give/) or the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Memorial Fund in Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.
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