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    June 6, 1930 - December 6, 2016
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    Strand, Mary Jacquelyn, 'Jackie', was born to parents Harold and Eunice Christensen on June 6, 1930. Raised on St. Paul's East Side, she held jobs at Swift's Meats, White Castle, the Emporium, and Nu Kin Chu. 


    She married Wallace C. Strand on June 12, 1945 and together raised six children. After ensuring they finished school, she obtained her GED and was hired on by the State of MN until her retirement in the late 90's. Not one to sit still, she accepted a security position at the MPLS/STP airport until 2002.

    Growing up on old time country music, Jackie learned to play guitar and sing; for a short time even held a regular spot on a local t.v. show. Friends and family frequently requested her famous yodel.

    When she wasn't playing guitar or reading her Bible, Jackie could be found 'shaking out a little dirt' while beautifying her yard with trees and flowers.

    She passed away on December 6, 2016 and was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Betty and Colleen (Wise), and husband Wallace. She is survived by children Linda Nelson of Kingsbury, TX, Wallace Strand, Jr. of Maplewood, Cheri (Bennie) Burnsed of Fletcher, OK, Nathan Strand (Ann) of Stacy, Lisa Pietron of Norco, CA, and Jared Strand (Lydia) of Harris,MN as well as 20 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren who will all miss her dearly.

    The funeral will be held Tuesday, December 27 at Silver Lake United Methodist Church in Oakdale, with a 10 a.m. viewing, 11 a.m. service officiated by Pastor Mary Kitchell, and burial at Lakeview Cemetary to follow.

    All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jackie's life.  Flowers and Condolences may be sent to Silver Lake United Methodist 5399 Geneva Ave. N., Oakdale, MN.

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    • Reply December 24, 2016 - 16:51 PM posted by Larry Reedy

      Praying for all of Jackies family. So man fond memories growing up. We grieve but not with out hope. 1 Thess:13-19. Sorry we can't make her memorial. Her decades of faithfulness are truly an amazing testimony of God grace in her life.
      She is now singing with the saints

      Larry and Penny

    • Reply December 23, 2016 - 16:12 PM posted by Glenn Hanson

      God Bless Jackie's family..Jackie was an early member of Faith Baptist Church in St. Paul. I remember she loved music.. and her beautiful smile... with our love, Glenn and Monica Hanson

    • Reply December 23, 2016 - 16:09 PM posted by Glenn Hanson

      Remembering Jackie and her presence at Faith Baptist Church, St. Paul, MN. She was a faithful member and enjoyed many good times together there. God Bless her family. She will be missed...She is in a MUCH BETTER PLACE now. Lovingly Glenn and Monica Hanson

    • Reply December 23, 2016 - 16:06 PM posted by Glenn Hansons

      Remembering Jackie and her beautiful smile... always so friendly to me at Faith Baptist Church. She was a faithful member from the beginnings of our church in Saint Paul, MN. God Bless the family. With our love, Glenn and Monica Hanson

    • Reply December 22, 2016 - 16:36 PM posted by Larry Reedy

      Praying for all of Jackies family. So many fond memories growing up.
      So many of the old friends now with Jesus. We grieve but not with out hope. 1 Thess: 4: 13-19. Sort we won,t be able to make the celebration of Jackies life. Her decades of faithfullness is an amazing to God wiring in her life.
      Larry & Penny

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