Ernestine Lemacks Strickler
1926 - 2020
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Ernestine Lemacks Strickler Charleston - Ernestine L. Strickler, (Tena) 93, of Charleston, South Carolina, widow of the late George E. Strickler, entered into eternal rest Sunday, June 28, 2020. In light of COVID 19, a private graveside service will be held at Live Oak Cemetery, Walterboro, SC. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel. Ernestine was born November 8, 1926, in St. Augustine, Florida, daughter of the late Alexander H. Lemacks and Gertrude Cordray Lemacks. She was one of the first women to graduate from the MUSC School of Pharmacy. Tena was a Pharmacist when these professional positions were predominantly held by men. She held the position of Pharmacist at Walgreens on King St., St. Francis Xavier Hospital on Rutledge Ave. and several other local drug stores. She served as President of the South Carolina Pharmaceutical Association. Tena was a Past President of Charleston Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does, Drove #231, and served on several committees. She and her husband, George, supported the Elks, BPOE #242, they served as Exalted Ruler and First Lady. In the Elks, they formed many life-long friendships. Until recent years, Tena was an active member of The Church of the Holy Communion, serving on the Vestry and as a member of St. Catherine's Guild. She liked making "Friendship Cake" and other items for the Fall Festival. Previously she was a member of the Pilot Club of Charleston. Tena was also a member of the Memminger High School "lunch bunch" and she also enjoyed lunching with the ILS (If Life Lasts) group. In her spare time, Tena liked sewing and crafted a lot of her own clothes. She also loved her cat, Snow. Later "Mama Cat" adopted Tena. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Hanna; her son-in-law, Ronald Hanna, Jr.; their son, Ronald Hanna, III and his wife, Rachelle Korinko, all of Charleston, SC. She is predeceased by her son, John H. Strickler. Memorials may be made to Church of the Holy Communion, 218 Ashley Ave., Charleston, SC 29403. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook at charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier from Jun. 29 to Jun. 30, 2020.
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July 13, 2020
I was privileged to have have met Mrs Strickler. I was her dental hygienist at MUSC for over a decade. She was not only a patient but a good friend and will be sadly missed.
Elizabeth Reid
July 2, 2020
Kay, my deepest condolences at this time . Your mom was such a fun person to be with and I remember stories she and my mom shared with me. She was my sponsor and prayed for/with me when I was confirmed at Holy Communion. She will be greatly missed. Lifting your family up in prayer in the days to come.
Heidi Cotton Starr
July 1, 2020
Kay, Ron and family - We are sending lots of love and prayers your way. Wish we could be there in person to share not only the sadness of the day, but also the good memories of Aunt Tena. She was an amazing lady and we loved her dearly. Our deepest sympathy and love - Craig & April
Craig & April Strickler
July 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Cynthia Tyner
July 1, 2020
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July 1, 2020
Dear Kay and family, thinking of you all and sending much love.
Janine OCallaghan
June 30, 2020
Dear family,
Thoughts & prayers are with you during this sad time. My Mom ( Gloria Weatherford) & Tena were friends & presidents of the Does. I remember her with that beautiful smile as I bartended during the time she would come in. Rip sweet lady.
Cathy Weatherford Hyatt
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