Strickland, Anne Garst
Anne Garst Strickland drifted peacefully off to heaven on Friday, August 29, 2014, at Kendal at Lexington following a long illness. She was the daughter of Arthur High and Elva Ferguson Garst, and was born on February 3, 1930, in Boones Mill. She spent her childhood years roaming around the family's Occanneechi Orchards and attended Andrew Lewis High School in Salem. Anne graduated from Stuart Hall High School and Sweet Briar College. She earned a master's degree at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and met her future husband, USN Captain George Thomas Strickland Jr., while working for the Dean. They were married in 1960 in Chapel Hill, N.C., and embarked upon an international career based upon his expertise in tropical medicine research and training. They lived in Cyprus, Taiwan, England and Pakistan and visited many other countries. During their periods in the United States they lived in Bethesda and Baltimore, Md. Anne pursued many varied interests and passions including collecting oriental art, preparing fine cuisine, performing in Chinese opera, and ballet (she was a Friend of Covent Garden in London). Throughout her life, Anne loved and supported fine art, and worked for 20 years as a docent at the Walters Art Museum. She was a very active congregant at St. David's Episcopal Church in Roland Park, Baltimore for over 20 years before moving to Lexington in 2008. Anne was a devoted wife and a wonderful mother to her sons. She is survived by her husband, three sons; George T. III, of Santa Fe, N.M., Paul G., of Lexington, and J. Kelly, of Crozet; four grandchildren, Caleb W. Strickland, Elsa C. Strickland, and Jed T. Strickland, all of Crozet, and Chloe S. Strickland, of Santa Fe. Her surviving brothers are Jack Garst II, of Boones Mill, Arthur H. Garst Jr., of Roanoke, and Cardwell F. Garst, of Callaway. Her brother, Fredrick Garst, of Boones Mill preceded her in death. Memorial Services will be held at Kendal Hall at Kendal at Lexington, Tuesday, September 2, at 4 p.m., followed by a reception, and at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Rocky Mount at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would prefer Contributions to the Kendal at Lexington's Borden Health Center Music Therapy Program in her name. Arrangements by Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington..