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  1. We are so sorry to hear about Sarah’s death. We haven’t seen her in many years. This picture of her is very nice.

  2. Mom you will be missed more that you could ever know. Thanks for all of the care and wisdom that you provided us throughout the years. As far as mom’s…you were the best. A great mom and a wonderful grandmother…
    love you so much! You’ve been sick for so long and I have never met anyone that was such a hard fighter and just kept going! You can rest now and be in peace.
    Love you. Lori, Mike & Kids

  3. So sorry to read of Sarah’s passing. She was very kind to me and my family. She was always pleasant and had a bright smile. Thoughts and prayers to her family!

  4. Brenda ,I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I will be praying God will give peace over your family at this time.

  5. Brenda, Lori, Freddy and families, really sorry to hear about Aunt Sarah, glad i got to see her a couple years back, even though being sick, she was still spunky as ever and ready to talk! The picture and the obit are also great! Glad she’ll be feeling much better now. Bless you all!

  6. Our condolences to all of you. We will always remember Sara for her beautiful smile and kindness whenever we visited in her stores or home. Let your good memories sustain you during this difficult time and bring you comfort in the days to come.
    Mary and Richard

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Sarah E. Strickland

March 16, 2024

Sarah Elizabeth Swayne Stafford Strickland 83 passed away peacefully after several years of declining health Saturday March 16, 2024 at her daughter’s Manteo home. She was born January 6, 1941 in Hertford, NC to Thomas and Pearl Swayne- both deceased. In addition to her parents, Sarah bid farewell to her first husband, Frederick Stafford, a step-daughter Charlene Ruiz-Cue, and most recently her husband, Milton Strickland.

An entrepreneur at heart, Sarah founded the Kid’s Clothing Co. which she ran in the Outer Banks Mall for several years.  Following that success, she co-owned Uncle Milty’s Fudge with her late husband, Milton. The couple grew the business to include the original Outer Banks Mall store and a Kill Devil Hills location.

Outside of her professional life, Sarah loved working in flower and vegetable gardens. Always outside in the heat of the day, Sarah could be spotted pulling grass and repotting plants- she called it her “Zen Time.” The joy and bright spot in everyday life however, was her beloved cat- Speedy. She furnished Speedy with his own kitty recliner to match mamma’s and the two watched Sarah’s favorite shows together every day- the Young and the Restless and Jeopardy. Sarah loved being a caretaker to everyone and many kitty cats-they made her home their home.

Surviving Sarah Strickland are her four children; Brenda Quidley (Richard) of Kill Devil Hills, NC, Lori Stafford Muse (Mike) of Manteo, NC, Fred Stafford, Jr. (Pennie) also of Kill Devil Hills, and Linda Raper of Rolesville, NC; eight grandchildren, Brenden Stafford (Brandi), Dr. Mikel Muse, Michael Muse, II (Jenny), Niki Stafford, Karyn Soto (Bobby), Steven Raper (Michelle), Stephanie Propst (Franz), and Stacie Smith; and six great-grandchildren, Graham, Madigan,  Olivia, Lucas, Preston, and Elin. Sarah is also survived by her three brothers, Gilbert Swayne of Shreveport, LA, her twin, Buddy Swayne, and Thomas Swayne both of Hertford, NC.

A celebration of Sarah’s life will be held in Nags Head, NC at Gallop Funeral Chapel Saturday March 23, 2024 at 2 o’clock pm. Please share an expression of comfort with the family at http://www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements. Thank you for everything that you have done.  We love you with all of our hearts!  So, Mom- it’s time for you to rest. Your kids have got this…and we will take care of Speedy. Rest in peace Mamma- and dance in the gardens!!!

Condolences

Sandra and Buddy Onley

We are so sorry to hear about Sarah's death. We haven't seen her in many years. This picture of her is very nice.

Lori Muse

Mom you will be missed more that you could ever know. Thanks for all of the care and wisdom that you provided us throughout the years. As far as mom's...you were the best. A great mom and a wonderful grandmother... love you so much! You've been sick for so long and I have never met anyone that was such a hard fighter and just kept going! You can rest now and be in peace. Love you. Lori, Mike & Kids

Susie B. (Strickland) Johnson

So sorry to read of Sarah’s passing. She was very kind to me and my family. She was always pleasant and had a bright smile. Thoughts and prayers to her family!

Merry Ann Hooper -Liverman

Brenda ,I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. I will be praying God will give peace over your family at this time.

Paul / Lisa Pipkin

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and all of your family.

BETH SWAYNE

Brenda, Lori, Freddy and families, really sorry to hear about Aunt Sarah, glad i got to see her a couple years back, even though being sick, she was still spunky as ever and ready to talk! The picture and the obit are also great! Glad she'll be feeling much better now. Bless you all!

Mary and Richard Humphries

Our condolences to all of you. We will always remember Sara for her beautiful smile and kindness whenever we visited in her stores or home. Let your good memories sustain you during this difficult time and bring you comfort in the days to come. Mary and Richard