ndTRION Sarafrances Boyd Strickland, 93, died Wednesday, June 13, 2012, after a brief illness.Sadie was born July 18, 1918 in Augusta, Ga. She was the daughter of Randolph Bradford Boyd and Lena Godbee Boyd. She graduated from The University of Georgia and was a life time teacher of young children. She was incredibly active in her family, friendships, and community.She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 glorious years, A.J. "Strick" Strickland.Survivors include, two children, Lonnie Strickland and daughter-in-law, Kitty Strickland, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Brad Strickland and daughter-in-law, Barbara Strickland, of Dothan, Ala.; three grandchildren, Matthew Strickland, of Mobile, Ala., Lena Levendoski and grandson-in-law, Geoff, of Nashville, and Glenn David Strickland, of Biloxi, Miss.; two great-grandchildren, Henry Langston Levendoski and Katherine Parker Levendoski, of Nashville; and countless cousins and friends.Sadie as it turns out is hard to describe in a short space or a few lines. She loved many and many loved her. She was the eternal optimist. She was delighted in her friendships, books, bridge, her church, and laughter. She enjoyed everything from traveling around the world to fishing on Weiss Lake. Teaching was one of her great loves and anyone who encountered her was more than likely taught something new. She captivated her family and her friends with her charm, her grace, and her outlook on life. The legacy that she leaves behind is one of education, understanding, heritage, family, friendships, and joy. Her very long life was a blessing to us all.Memorial service was 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, at Trion United Methodist Church with Rob Pierce officiating.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Trion Public Library; or Trion United Methodist Church.Earle Rainwater Funeral in charge.