Eunice Rachel Death, Obituary – When Eunice Rachel Gardner Strickland passed away on January 30, 2023, she had reached the age of 92, which was the point in her life at which she had accomplished everything she was meant to do. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who spent her entire life taking care of her family. Her children and grandchildren were the center of her life (also known as Grandma Monkey.).
She became an expert in the operation of sewing machines during her twenty-eight years of employment at K&R Sportswear, during which time she worked there. During her time there, she was able to hone her skills as an operator to a higher level. She was filled to the brim with adoration and devotion for the Lord. She had a natural talent for sewing and could make any piece of ready-made clothing look and feel as though it had been fashioned just for her body ( even in assisted living.).
It was common knowledge that she was a skilled cook and baker. Her reputation preceded her. Her name was known before she even appeared. Not only did she have a soft place for animals, but she also had one for plants. She was never shy about making new friends, and once she did, she was always ready to fill them in on what was going on in the life of her family. She never hid anything from anyone regarding what was taking place in her household.
As a result of the great regard in which she was regarded by so many individuals, her absence will be sorely missed. Her husband, Charlie Bermon Srickland (Monkey), her sons Gerald and James Strickland, her other fourteen siblings, and her three sister-in-laws all passed away before her. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. The United States of America is the place of her birth. Her parents, Ernest Samuel Gardner and Katie Katherine Joyner Gardner, died before she did.
She is survived by her children, including her daughters Faye S. Perry (Larry) of Spring Hope, Robin Strickland (Eugene) of Rocky Mount, and Vickie S. Carlyle (Eugene) of Spring Hope; her sister Elsie Sledge of Spring Hope; her brothers Roy Gardner of Sharpsburg, Troy Gardner (Grace) of Nashville, and Larry Gardner (Sharon) of Rocky Mount; her sister in law Shirley S. Forehand (West) of Wake Forest
Visitation will take place in the Spring Hope Church of God on February 4, 2023, beginning at eleven in the morning and continuing until eleven forty-five minutes after the initial start time. This event will take place on a Saturday. It is planned that the funeral service will begin at twelve o’clock in the afternoon, and Pastor Larry Perry will preside over the event. The subsequent event that is currently being planned will have the Spring Hope Memorial Gardens serve as its location.