Willa J. Strickland born May 16, 1925 in Hannibal, MO to William Johnson and Ella Coates. She had three brothers Freddy, Charles, and Oscar. While she had no children of her own, she participated in raising her late husband Joseph Strickland’s children: Joe Ann Evans, Hobart Strickland, Sandra Beavers, and the late Deborah Brown. She became a mother figure for a young 12-year-old Charmaine Parrett daughter of Sandra Beavers and raised her into adulthood. She accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age. She went on to become a member of Swope Park United Methodist Church where she was a faithful member for many years. She was also an Eastern Star member. She was employed with the United States Postal Service and retired with more than thirty-five years of service. She continued her support and work with the American Postal Workers Union AFL-CIO National Auxiliary, as well as the Missouri State Postal Workers Auxiliary and Greater Kansas City Metro Area Local Auxiliary in various capacities and offices until her health did not allow her to continue. She was very giving, full of life, loved to travel, and had a great sense of humor. Her favorite color was purple, and she loved to spend time with family and friends. She is preceded in death by her late husband Joseph Strickland, his oldest daughter Deborah Brown and a grandson. She is survived by 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at Lawrence A. Jones and Sons Linwood Chapel 1800 East Linwood Blvd. KCMO. Visitation 9:00 a.m. Interment 1:30 p.m. in Leavenworth National Cemetery.