Cathy Loretta Strick

January 4, 1951 ~ January 21, 2021 (age 70)


Cathy Loretta Strick; better known as Loretta or Retta, of Gainesville Florida passed away, after a short illness on January 21, 2021 at the Parkland Care Center in Gainesville Florida. 

She was the daughter of the late David and Cecilia Turner, born on January 4, 1951 and was the eldest of two siblings, her brother David ‘Kenny’ Turner.  She was in the 1967 graduating class at Lincoln High School, Gainesville Florida.

In November 1978 she married Sam L Strick and their union brought forth one daughter; Samantha Strick.  Her husband and daughter proceeded her in death; also, all who knew Retta, knew her beloved dog Brittany, who too, preceded her in death.

Loretta/Cathy was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church Gainesville, FL, where she attended from birth until her demise.  For decades she was employed by Sunland Training Center (renamed: Tacachale Center) working with special needs children and adults.  She was employed equally at Gainesville Health and Fitness, as their Night Maintenance Manager.  Retta, also owned and operated a Cleaning/Janitorial business for 15+ years and maintained a loyal client base.

She is survived by (2) Aunts, Mary Francis Harris, Gainesville FL, and Dora Mae Anderson, Miami FL, (1) Adopted Son, Eric L. Williams, (1) Niece, Karen ‘Kaye’ Goode, Gainesville FL, (1) Nephew, David Turner, Gainesville FL, (2) Sister-n-Laws, Rose M Tyson, Dunnellon FL, and Donia Coleman, Williston FL, (1) adopted Sister-In-Law, Linell Tolbert, (1) God daughter, Chinita Gainey, Gainesville, FL, (3) Best Friends, Aurora Arnold, Elmira Goode and Loretta (Sqaw) Owens, (1) Loyal & Devoted Friend/Brother, Roy (Ben) Williams and a host of other adoring family and friends.

Cathy Loretta Strick was preceded in death by her other Mother, Pauline ‘Aunt Polly’ Bowles, her brother, David ‘Kenny’ Turner, her husband Sam Strick, her daughter Samantha Strick, her dog Brittany.


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January 29, 2021

12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Phillip & Wiley Mortuary
MELROSE, FL 32666-3902

Graveside Service
January 30, 2021

11:00 AM
Grasslawn Cemetery
2837 NW 13th Street
Gainesville, FL 32609

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