Anita C. Thomas Strickland
1957 - 2017
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May 26, 1957-May 17, 2017

Ms. Anita C. Thomas Strickland, 59, of Gainesville passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, following a motorcycle accident.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017, in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home. The Rev. Johnny Tankersley and the Rev. Lynn Garrison will officiate. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday, May 20, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Ms. Strickland was born on May 26, 1957, in Gainesville, Ga. to the late Fred Weldon Thomas and Barbara Sue Crowe Little. She was a graduate of Johnson High School, owner and operator of Pet Place and of the Baptist faith. She was very involved in Legion Riders and was given the name Running Bare. She had a special love for her pet dog, Babea Lea. She was a very giving and loving person. She was always willing to help anyone in need.

Ms. Strickland had a very special love for her two children, Scott and Stacy, and will be deeply missed by them. She is survived by her daughter, Stacy Strickland of Gainesville (fiancé Jason Bost of Pulaski, Tenn.); son, Scott Strickland of Gainesville; granddaughter, Denri Strickland of Gainesville.

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Published in on May 19, 2017.
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December 24, 2017
Another piece of my extended family that will be missed. I wish I would have known. Stacy I know you will miss her a lot so will I. Aunt peg
July 21, 2017
I have known her for many years as a member of the legion. She was kind spirited with a smile that was as bright as the sun and her laughter was like the flowing rivers, it rippled through and through. She was a gift to many, a present from God. She lived a life that touched many spirits, running bear as she was known to some what a great legacy of life. I am so glad I was blessed to have been a part of her spirit and deeply saddened that she is physically no longer with us, and as God brings her to the heavens I will cherish the kindness, the smiles, the memories and the love that she shared with us all. Always remembered!
Bobby Baptiste
Bobby Baptiste
May 22, 2017
What to say, to such a wonderful person as Anita. She and her Mother both are great ladies. I've known them since we were at Wrigley's and Avery. Then she was the groomer for my Mother's little dog. Most of the time, Mother would take Abby to Anita. Then there were times Anita would come to Abby. No more money either. That was just Anita. At both of the other places we worked, it was the same. Anita would help you any way she could. As we worked together, we always had fun. No matter how bad a day we were having some way it wasn't as bad. Barbara was the same- always a smile. I hadn't seen Barbara or Anita in many years.You sure did have a wonderful Mom. She sure loved you.I love animals, but they aren't my babies.The way she left, she went happy, and she always gave things she liked 100%. Barbara,you did a fine job raising her.She loved you lots.She has only moved, and you can go see her one day. I know she'll be glad to see you all.
Linda Overby
May 21, 2017
I was out of town but heard today about the passing of Anita.I have know her for many years since she started grooming my dog Gabbi. She was one of the nicest and caring people I have ever known. Rest in peace dear one in the arms of God. When we went to her last week she had a beautiful pot of pink tulips for me for Mothers Day.
To her children Stacy and Scott, I hope God gives you much peace as you move forward.
Pat Charles
May 21, 2017
My dear sweet friend Anita, I will always miss you so much. You are an inspiration to me with your tough love. Thank you for all you did for me. I will never forget our talks and laughs. I know you are resting in more pain. I love you my sweet friend in Jesus.
Carol Smith
May 20, 2017
rest in peace anita you will be missed.
jony little
May 19, 2017
Dear Stacy, so sorry for your loss. We feel you pain so deeply. Hope that her and Amber are walking down those streets of gold right now. We will see them again someday. We love you. From meme and the boys Ethan, Tristan and Peyton.
May 19, 2017
Anita was one of a kind person.And truyly will be missed in this world. Our pray and thoughts are with your family. The Kidd Family.
lisa kidd
May 19, 2017
Anita was one of the nicest people we have ever known. This is a great loss. She loved life and she will be truly missed. Our prayers go out to her family. I hope she meets up with all of her "fur" children and gets to enjoy them again. She truly loved the animals she took care of. I know that Snowball and Bandit will love to see her again.

Mimi and Dennis Wells
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