WILMINGTON — Evelyn Fay Strickland “Mimi” died September 26, 2021. She was born August 15, 1934, in Wilmington, NC and was the seventh child of Agnes Jamison Eason and Preston Jack Eason.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Edith Clotill Barrett and brothers Jack, Graham, Hubert and Billy, her daughter Angela Harwood Patelos and her dearest husband, Johnny Strickland.
Evelyn is survived by survived by sister Ellen Abbot (Andy), her children Sharon Lynn Schiller (Stan), Reginald Gary Evenson (Debra), Cathy Evenson Nifong (Dale), Patricia Ann Mincey, Michael Alvin Evenson (Lisa), her grandchildren Elizabeth Schiller, Jason Harwood, Christopher Patelos, Chris Segura, Brandy Hutchins (David), Lindsey Rogers (John), Carrie Bright (Caleb), Amber Ratliff (David), Cindy Foster, Timothy Mincey (Courtney), Crystal Stilley, Christina Radford (Mike), Michael Evenson II (Samantha). Haven Evenson, Gary Evenson, her 30 great grandchildren, 1 great grandson and several nieces and nephews
Evelyn was proud to tell all that her greatest accomplishments in her life were her six children and their children. She filled her days raising her children and following her bliss. Her greatest joy was her family and her time with them. She told her family, that she felt that it was her mission in life to take care of children and to love them.
Our mother and family matriarch will always be remembered for her open, loving and giving heart. Together, Evelyn and her husband Johnny Strickland opened their home and their hearts to all family and friends alike. Everyone felt loved and accepted by them and will remember Evelyn and Johnny as two hearts United in bringing the family together in love.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, from 6 to 8 pm
A Funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 11 a.m. at Wilmington Funeral Chapel at 1535 S 41st. Street, Wilmington, N.C. Following the funeral service, a graveside service will be held at Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Dr, Wilmington, NC 28409.
Following the graveside service, the family requests family and friends to join them in a Celebration of Life on Thursday September 30, 2021, at 3 pm at 925 Wordsworth Dr. Wilmington, NC 28405.
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