Betty Stoneking Strickland, of Monahans, passed away Monday, November 23, 2015 at Crane Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, shortly after her 94th birthday. She was born November 10, 1921 in Wheeling, West Virginia to Burnice "Stony" and Ella (Teagarden) Stoneking.
She lived a long and happy life in many wonderful places, including Virginia Beach, El Paso, Hermosa Beach, Houston, and Wichita. Betty most loved being in West Texas, and Monahans was her home for many years. She married O.A. "Olie" Strickland, Jr. on June 4, 1963 in El Paso. For two people to have loved each other as much as they did is a blessing in itself. Those who knew her remember her most by her joyous laughter and lovely sense of humor. Betty was a longtime member of Southside Baptist Church and spiritually devoted to her Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. We love you Nanny, and thank you for your laughter, which will be with us always and forever.
She is preceded in death by her adoring husband, O.A. "Olie" Strickland, Jr.; her beautiful daughter, Susan Salome Tharp; stepdaughter, Ellen Ross; and dear sisters, Wilda Straight, Leota Karkalets, Lenora Mathews, and JoAnn Shaddox.
Betty is survived by her wonderful daughter, Sandy Smith of Monahans who has taken such good care of her over the past years; best friend and younger sister, Bernyce "Stony" Bragg; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be Monday, November 30, 2015 from 1 - 8 PM at Harkey Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11 AM at Southside Baptist Church with Barry Calahan officiating. Burial will be held privately.