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Kathleen Ann "Kay" Strickland


1947 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Kathleen Ann "Kay" Strickland Obituary
Kathleen Ann "Kay" Strickland 66, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. Kay was born on May 5, 1947 to Paul and Maryann Syroid in Detroit, MI, and grew up in Albuquerque, NM. She married Jim Strickland on August 12, 1966. Kay and Jim settled in Tucson in 1969 and their family grew. Kay finished her bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of Arizona in 1975. She had a strong interest in women's healthcare; she was a labor and delivery nurse at UMC and St. Joseph's hospitals for many years as well as a childbirth educator. Kay assisted the birth of hundreds of children. In 1997, Kay graduated with a Master of Science degree from the University of Arizona's College of Nursing. As a nurse practitioner, Kay's professional focus turned toward dermatology. Kay was a woman of diverse interests who enjoyed flower gardening, grandchildren and music. Kay is survived by her mother, Maryann Syroid; her husband of 48 years, James M. "Jim" Strickland; her four daughters, Jennifer Strickland and husband Shawn Yang, Corinne Strickland and husband Rob Nahf, Heather Strickland and husband Kevin Maskell, and Erika Strickland; eight grandchildren, Holden Strickland-Amico, Avery Nahf, Simone Yang, Miles Nahf, Joelle Yang, Tessa Strickland, Scott Maskell and Reed Maskell; her brother, Tom Syroid; and many other family members. Kay is preceded in death by her father, Paul Syroid, and her sister, Paula Syroid. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Kay's honor to either the Arizona Opera or the Humane Society of Southern Arizona. Arrangements by DESERT SUNSET.
Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 23, 2014
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