WARRENTON - Former Clatsop County Planning Commission member Christine Stricklin died Saturday in Seaside.

Stricklin and her late husband Curtis Stricklin lived for more than 50 years at Carnahan Station, across U.S. Highway 101 from the Astoria Golf and Country Club. They owned Taylor Lake and 300 acres of farmland at the northern tip of Cullaby Lake.

In addition to her service on the planning commission, Stricklin was a past president and member of the Skipanon Water Control District board and served on the Shorelands Technical Advisory Committee for the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC).

Stricklin was born Aug. 22, 1909, in Acorn, Ark., to Sam and Dollie Fleming. Inspired by Helen Keller's intellect and courage, the young woman left Arkansas to attend the Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Mass. Her diploma was presented by former first lady Grace Coolidge.

From 1932 to 1934, Stricklin taught in the pioneering field of lip-reading at the Oregon School for the Deaf in Salem.

In 1934, she married Curtis Stricklin and the couple moved to California. From 1934 to 1970, Christine Stricklin taught at the School for the Deaf in Berkeley, Calif., and met Helen Keller when she visited the school in the 1940s.

After her husband's death in 1974, Stricklin studied modeling and became a senior fashion model.

At Stricklin's bedside was a book, "Pinstripes and Pearls," by Judith Richards Hope, Bob Hope's daughter-in-law, praising Stricklin for traveling, receiving an education and fulfilling a career long before the concept of "women's liberation" evolved. The inscription read: "For Christine Stricklin - with deep appreciation for the trails you blazed ... making it easier for those of us who followed."

She is survived by two sons, Bill Stricklin of San Francisco and Bob Stricklin of Warrenton; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


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