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Saturday May 25th, 2019

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Appalachian Funeral Services
Saturday May 25th, 2019

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Norma Mae Ford

Norma Frier Strickland Ford, 87, joined her Father in Heaven Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at The Hermitage Memory Care Facility in Sylva, N.C.  Norma was born on July 24, 1931 and was a long-time resident of Jacksonville, FL for most of her life.

Norma was of Mormon faith and will be remembered by many for her dedication to her church and love for her family. In addition to her parents, Naughton and Fannie Frier, she was proceeded in death by her son, David H. Strickland, and many brothers and sisters. Norma is survived by her sons, Richard W. Strickland (Heidi), Joel A. Strickland (Jan) and Don P. Strickland (Kathy). In addition, she says goodbye to 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Helen Holmes of Glen St. Mary, FL.

A memorial service will be held at Appalachian Funeral Services on Saturday, May 25 at 12 pm. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Sylva, NC. Her son, Don would like to say thank you to The Hermitage Memory Care Facility for the excellent care provided to Norma for the past 6-plus years.

 Condolences can be given at https://appalachianfuneralservices.com/

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Dear Family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dear loved one. Our loving Creator never planned for death to be part of his original plan. There is such a loving scripture found at Revelation 21: 3 & 4 which reads: With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, And they will be his people, And God himself will be with them, And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The Former things have passed away I hope these words help you find comfort and also give you hope for our near future. Can you imagine Living Forever on Earth under Beautiful conditions that will never end. If you would like further information on Gods promises from the Bible, Please visit our Free Bible based website JW.ORG

Terry Greene May 24 2019 12:00 AM

Don, Cathy, Andy & Brian. Wanted you guys to know I'm thinking of u and praying for you all as you are goin threw a very difficult time. Andy Sawyer and I,are sending lots of love and Hugs to u!

Brandy Hooper May 20 2019 12:00 AM

Kathy and Don, Prayers for your family during this difficult time. Your love and dedication to Norma for all these years here in WNC are a true testament to your love for her. My God give you peace and grace during this time.

Meagan Wilmoth May 20 2019 12:00 AM

My memories of this dear aunt will always add comfort to me, as I remember, and can hear many laughs we shared. I didnt get to see you often in your last days, but you were in my thoughts and prayers. You are with others now, that have arms wide open. May God Bless your sweet boys, and grandchildren, and all others that are related, and non-related with Peace and Comfort. Sincerely, Laura and Wayne Lassiter and family-

Laura Lassiter May 20 2019 12:00 AM

Norma. I was just talking about you yesterday about how much I missed you and I would just cry if I lost you. You were my best friend and I cant believe youre gone. I wish I could still work where you lived and of taken care of you longer and in your last times. You were so sweet. So feisty. So perfect. I loved coming in every day and telling you I love you! And you would never miss a beat to say I love you! I enjoyed every shift to come see you and take care of you. You loved talking to everyone and waving that little hand hello. Youd make me laugh so hard sometimes. I loved sneaking you good snacks and take you outside to enjoy the sun. I loved to sit at the the dinner table and feed you and talk. You loved to eat. Especially your sweets. We would color and talk nonsense before bed. I loved to tuck you in and tell you Id see you tommorow. Im sorry I didnt come visit after I left that job. I love you Norma. I know you didnt remember me every day, I was someone new to you, but I will never forget you.

Carissa Howell May 19 2019 12:00 AM

Candles provide us with light, and also a sense of peace as we watch the flame flickers. This candle represents a glow of peace and harmony for everyone as we keep mom, grand-mom, great grand-mom, aunt, cousin, friend and acquaintance in our thoughts and prayers.

Don Strickland May 19 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Norma Ford

Don Strickland May 19 2019 12:00 AM

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