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Willa Mae (Strickland) Abercrombie
Sep. 24, 1928 - Jan. 25, 2012
Submitted by: Jo Aguirre

Funeral services for Willa Mae Strickland Abercrombie were held at 11 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2012 at Baggerley Funeral Home. Interment followed at 2:30 p.m. at Mound Valley Cemetery in Thomas, Okla.

She was born September 24, 1928 in Lamont, Okla. to Pauline and Edgar Strickland and passed away on Wednesday January 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Willa graduated from Crescent High School in 1946. She then graduated from Central State College in 1950 and took post graduate courses at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Okla.

On April 28, 1952, she married Carl Ben Abercrombie and he preceded her in death January 17, 2003 after 52 years of marriage.

She taught in Texas, Oklahoma and Colorado where she and Ben taught and ranched in Lamar, Colo., before returning to Crescent in 1977. Willa taught school for over 30 years and then continued to educate students by giving piano lessons and tutoring when she retired. She used her talent in music for the Lord, playing organ and piano in every church in which she was a member. She was an avid animal lover. She also enjoyed cooking and was never happier than when all the family came together to eat and fellowship.

Survivors include her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter Janet, Bill and Alyssa Fisher of Edmond; her son Roger Abercrombie of Crescent and his daughters Rebecca and Rhema; her sister Della and brother-in-law John Schwartz of Edmond, and many beloved nieces and nephews who she loved as her own children.

The family is very appreciative for the care provided by Crossroads Hospice, the doctors and staff at the Oklahoma Heart Hospital and the staff at Mercy Hospital.

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