Wilma Winette Strickland found peace from Alzheimer's Disease on March 10, 2023, at 82. She was born in July of 1941 to Inez and Winston in Guthrie, Oklahoma, but she got to Texas as soon as possible. Wilma grew up in San Marcos, Texas. After graduating from San Marcos High School, she studied music and education at Southwest Texas State University.
After graduation, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to embark on a 47-year-long teaching career. There she met Kenny J. Strickland, whom she married in May 1967. Together they raised two children, a son, Kenny Jr., and a daughter, Katherine.
Early in her career, Wilma taught in San Antonio, TX., Frankfurt, Germany, and Austin, TX, before combining two of her greatest passions, music and people, by teaching elementary school music at Scheh and Carroll Bell Elementary Schools in Harlandale, I.S.D, for 34-years. In retirement, she devoted more of her time to her church by singing in the choir and volunteering.
Throughout her life, she uplifted and supported her friends and family, celebrated music, and remained politically active. She was a board member of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), attended the National Education Association (NEA) Annual Meeting as a representative, and volunteered as an Election Poll Worker in retirement.
Wilma survived her parents, Winston and Inez, and her husband, Kenny Sr., who passed in January 2020. She is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law George and Anita, Bill and Martha, Winn and Stephanie, and her beloved nieces and nephews; her children, Katherine and Kenny Jr., her daughter-in-law Manuela, and her beloved granddaughter, Freya. Wilma leaves behind an extended network of friends and family. She is loved and remembered by many.
Wilma danced and sang until her body no longer allowed it. We find solace in knowing that she has her voice again.
Services will be held at the Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, 8900 Starcrest Dr., San Antonio, TX 78217, on Wednesday at 10:00 am. In place of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer's Association (https://www.alz.org/get-involved-now/donate) or the Animal Defense League of Texas (https://adltexas.org/donation/).