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Denise L. Strickland
April 20, 1960 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 63) 63 Years Old
In loving memory of our mother Denise Strickland who passed away on December 2 nd , 2023 peacefully in her sleep at
home, after a lengthy battle with heart disease. Denise was a devoted wife to Curtis Strickland and loving mother of four
surviving children: Adrell Underwood (Virapone Saokho), Curtrina Strickland, Kayla Strickland, and Calandra Strickland,
on top of, 9 surviving grandchildren: Markus Underwood, Tai Saokho, Davon Underwood, Jayden Marshall, Jordyn
Marshall, Jay’von Strickland, Alana Strickland, Kay’veon Strickland, and Ka’Myah Strickland.
Born in Chicago, IL to Billy and Eleanor (Sandifer) Cunningham. Denise was described as a bundle of joy who was very
passionate about her family. Her laughter was so infectious that it would envelope everyone in the room. Denise later
moved to South Bend, IN where she would then meet her husband, Curtis Strickland to which she immediately fell in
love. She then found her true calling as a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. They went on to be married for 40 plus
years and had six children together. Denise was always there when needed even if it was just a shoulder to cry on.
Denise was a caring and giving person who always put the needs of the family before her own. She was a woman of faith
in the Lord and instilled in her children the importance of family. Denise was a strong woman who faced every challenge
in life with courage and fierceness, on top of, being the source of support to us all. She poured every ounce of love into
everyone whose lives she touched.
Denise is preceded in death by her parents Billy and Eleanor (Sandifer) Cunningham, brother Eric Cunningham, sister
Charlene Cunningham, twin daughters Tia & Mia Strickland, and granddaughter Jay’dah Strickland. She will deeply be
missed by all who knew her.
Visitation for Denise will be held on December 15 th , 2023 from 10am and services will start at 11am at the below
Palmer Funeral Home-Guisinger Chapel
3718 S. Michigan Street
South Bend, IN 46614
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the funeral home to assist the family with expenses. Condolences to the
family may also be expressed to the family via the Palmer’s Funeral home website at: www.palmerfuneralhomes.com