Lee Athalea Littlefield Strickland

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Lee Athalea Littlefield Strickland

December 16, 1920 - December 26, 2018

Lee Athalea Littlefield Strickland Marie Athalea "Lee" Littlefield Strickland was born on 12/16/20 in Fletcher, Oklahoma, to Elmo and Annabelle Littlefield. In 1938 she graduated Fletcher High as a National Honor Student, then went on to receive an Associate's Degree from Cameron College in Lawton before enrolling at Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha.
On 4/4/42 she married William "Bill" Strickland, Jr., and together they traveled with the Army across the country, returning to Oklahoma when Bill was discharged and began attending OU. During the Korean war, Bill's reserve unit was called up for duty, so she stayed behind with the children for a year until he returned safely. Years later, Lee attended OU herself, receiving a BS in Education in 1962 at the age of 41, a rarity then.
Of all the things she did, Lee was most proud of her teaching career. She taught Home Economics at Central Junior High until 1973, then transferred to Whittier Middle School, where she earned Norman's Teacher of the Year in 1975. That same year she began writing textbooks for OU's Independent Study Department and updating the Child Development and Nutrition editions up until 2005.
After teaching, Lee worked as a realtor, before fully retiring to travel and hike. For several years she also partnered with her best friend Jean Trousdale to build, decorate, and donate beautiful, detailed dollhouses to the Christmas Store of Cleveland County.
Lee eventually joined the Highpointer's Club, teaming up with Bill and Jean to volunteer with many aspects of the organization. At the age of 73 she fell and broke her hip, and was worried that her hiking days were over. However, she went on to reach a total of 32 highpoints in the US, most after the injury. Her 98 years were full of more life, adventure, and joy than can fit here.
Lee is survived by her youngest sister, Ann Coleman; two children, James Strickland and Susan Kathleen Milner; four grandchildren, Kevin Milner, Athalea Bradley, Kellie Kirkpatrick, and Hillary Budreau; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, older brother Lloyd Littlefield, sister Lurland Raibourn, Bill Strickland, beloved husband of 70 years, and JeanTrousdale, best friend of over 30 years.
Memorial services will be held later in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the Christmas Store of Cleveland County.
Published on December 29, 2018
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Susan Lowe Farley
Jan 12, 2019
Lee was a very special lady who encouraged me early in my teaching career at Whittier in the 70's.. She was always so positive, caring and brought joy to those around her....a beautiful soul! Condolences to her family,
Ella and Freddie Truitt
Jan 04, 2019
Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Lee, we will always remember your great loving heart, sense of humor, and passion to enjoy every day. We want to love life like You did. You once shared and told me how much you loved the following quote: Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, "Wow, what a ride!" What a great woman. What a great legacy. Love you Lee.
The Frank Pasierb Family
Jan 01, 2019
God bless one of the most amazing women in Norman ISD history. She was my Home Ec teacher when I attended Central Jr. and Mid-High school. We all loved and worshiped her because she was such a lovely and gracious lady. Rest in peach, sweet Lee. Susie Pasierb-Upton
Jennifer and Jeremy Lowrey
Dec 31, 2018
Sending our love to Mrs. Strickland's family, especially to Kellie, Randy and Finn. Praying for peace and comfort in your loss.
Phyl Forney
Dec 30, 2018
This lady was very special. She was my home ec teacher and had so much patience with me. I was not a good student in home ec but she treated me with so much kindness. I'm glad she lived a long wonderful life.