GOD WAS THE JOY AND THE STRENGTH OF HER LIFE
HE REMOVED ALL PAIN, MISERY, AND STRIFE
HE WAS HER ALL AND ALL
VIRGINIA "JEAN" NORTHAM STRAND, daughter of the late Levi, Jr. and Eva Sue Northam was born August 5, 1931, in Accomac, Virginia and was welcomed into the arms of Jesus at Shore Health & Rehab Center in Parksley, Virginia on February 3, 2022.
After graduating from Mary N. Smith High School in 1949, she attended a beautician class taught by Madame Mitchell at the church. Following that training, she would often be found on some weekends “doing hair in her kitchen” for a few select clients while residing in “Bullrun” (Onley), VA.
At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and joined Metompkin Baptist Church where she remained until she married the love of her life, the late James A. Strand on July 11, 1954. She then joined him at Gaskins Chapel A.M.E. Church in Savageville, Virginia. She began her service to the Lord at Gaskins by serving diligently as Steward Emeritus, Missionary-Gaskins Chapel, The Esther L. Beckett Area Women’s Missionary Society, Lay Organization, Finance Committee, Class Leader, and member of the Senior Choir. She truly loved her church and church family and that love was reciprocated.
Following her retirement from Tyson Foods, formerly Holly Farms, in Temperanceville, Virginia, she enjoyed her life still serving in the capacity as missionary by visiting the sick, making special cakes and pies for friends, and always available to help anyone in need. On occasion, she could be found babysitting for family and happily spoiled them all.
Left to cherish fond memories are: her daughter, Yvonne (Wade) Pennell; grandsons, Ronnie (Ebony) Northam, Jr. and Marcus (Darlene) Northam; granddaughters, Kristal (Corey) Davis, Melanie Stith, Marlow Walker, and Leola (Michael) Smith; thirteen great-grandchildren; seven great, great-grandchildren; brother, Clifton (Edna) Northam, Sr.; nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends. She was predeceased by her son, Ronnie T. Northam, Sr. and brother, William “Bill” Northam.