Jessimai Strange

Jessimai Strange passed away May 25, 2011, from colon cancer.

Born to two bankers in Dallas, Texas, Frank and Irene Shidler, on November 13, 1930, Jessimai lived in a variety of places. After her father died when she was nine and her mother became ill, she lived for a brief time at a Catholic boarding school in San Antonio, Texas.

Jessimai met her husband of 62 years, Byron Strange, in a small high school in Winchester, KS, where she was living with her Aunt Lucy and Uncle George. They began dating their senior year of high school and married on November 20, 1948, while attending college at the University of Kansas, where she received a journalism degree. Their two daughters, Jan and Joan, had an excellent role model in their mother to be strong and independent women (some would say stubborn).

Jessimai worked as a journalist for a magazine in her early years and later, after several other careers, she returned to school at the University of Washington to obtain her Masters in Business Administration, where she tested in the top ten percent of the applicants for entrance into the MBA program. After obtaining her MBA she worked for a CPA firm and then opened her own tax and accounting practice. Through the years, working with her husband as a Pizza Hut franchisee and a self-employed business owner, she was a mentor and staunch supporter of women in business, as well as an activist for women’s rights. Always generous with her time, Jessimai volunteered at church guilds and societies, university committees, and served on the University Womens Club board and the American Society of Women Accountants board.

Jessimai and husband, Byron, loved attending and supporting artistic and sports organizations, including; theatres, symphonies, art museums, baseball, football and basketball. Her favorite activity, however, was spending time with her grandchildren, Heather, Nick and Jill. Her great grandchildren, Alexandra, Michel, Jared, Juliet and London also filled her life with joy.

Jessimai will be dearly missed by her husband, family, many friends and numerous others whose lives she touched with her generous giving of time and spirit, not to mention charitable contributions.

A Funeral was held at St. Marks Catholic Church, Shoreline, WA, on May 31 at 11:00 a.m.; followed by committal at Holyrood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to American Society of Women Accountants Scholarship Fund, 800 5th Ave, #101, PMB 237, Seattle, WA 98104-3191.

Please share memories with the family at www.becksfuneralhome.com.

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