Dori Martha Stricklan, 64

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Dori Martha Stricklan, 64, passed away Friday, Feb. 27, 2004, in Sagle, with her husband and family beside her.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, 2004, at the Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint with Pastor Barry Johnson of the New Song Bible Church officiating.

Dori was born on Feb. 1, 1940, in Vester, Ky., to Russell and Lucy Burton. She grew up in Columbia, Ky.

She later moved to California and lived in San Francisco, Calaveras County and Lake Tahoe.

During her time in California, Dori worked as a model, owned her own pizza parlor and bar, and in the offices of Pittsburgh Paint and Glass.

In 1996, she moved to Salmon, Idaho, where she worked for Twin Peaks Guest Ranch. This is also where she met her husband, John.

The couple moved to the Sandpoint area a year later and were married at the Church of the Wildwoods in May 1999.

John and Dori owned and managed the C&R Grocery Store in Garfield Bay, where they also lived.

John always said that Dori was the best gift he ever received and made his life complete.

Dori was a "people person." People were naturally drawn to her, and her door was open to one and all. Her generosity and big heart meant that she also had many other "children" who, though not hers by birth, came to call her "mom" as if they were her own.

Dori was a special mother and friend. She was a wonderful cook and also enjoyed fishing, camping and anything to do with the water.

She is survived by her husband, John Stricklan of Sagle; a son, Russell Grubbs of Jacksonville, Fla.; five daughters, Pamela (Frank) Muschalek of Mt. Ranch, Calif., Tammy Cody of Jeffersonville, Ind., Michelle Severin of San Francisco, Calif., Debra Severin and Mick Sylvester of San Francisco, Calif., and Mary (Lloyd) Steinhoff of Moke Hill, Calif.; 14 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Maxine (Bill) Hicks of Seal Beach, Calif., Terri (John) Franklin of Louisville, Ky., and Lyn (Louis) Overton of Sacramento, Calif.; two brothers, Kenny (Michelle) Burton of Louisville, Ky., and Lindon Burton of Webster, N.Y.; and special friend and caregiver Connie Pell of Athol.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, C.G. and James Burton; and two sisters, Christine Green and Ernie Van Scyoc.

Memorial donations may be made to Bonner Community Hospice, PO Box 1448, Sandpoint, ID 83864, or Community Cancer Services, PO Box 2213, Sandpoint, ID 83864.

Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint is handling the arrangements.

Please visit Dori's memorial at www.lakeviewfuneral.com and sign her online guest book.

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