2016-02-11 / Obituaries

Kerri Lynn Strong

Kerri Lynn Strong was born Jan.

23, 1964 in Bellevue, Wash., and passed away suddenly in Bakersfield on Jan. 23, 2016.

Kerri and her parents moved to Santa Maria when she was one-month old. She was raised there and moved to Washington in her junior year of high school. She graduated from Rainier High School in Rainier, Wash.

Kerri had a varied career with the majority of it related to the food industry. She was very bright and climbed the ladder fast wherever she worked. She worked at the Wawona Hotel in Yosemite for a number of years, and her last position there was as the dining room and beverage manager. Her staff and customers loved her.

Kerri had a beautiful spirit, a loving heart, an infectious laugh and a great sense of humor. She would give to others even if she had nothing for herself.

She also had a pure, pitch-perfect golden voice, and when she sang, some people thought it must be a recording.

Kerri loved her family, music, butterflies, the ocean, animals, rainbows, gardening and most everyone she met.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Strong, and her brother, John Ford.

She is survived by her mother, Marci Perez and step-father, Johnny, of Mariposa; sons Bryan Harrison (Diana) and Jeremy Leonard (Annie), all of Washington; daughter Hollie McCutchen (Stormy) of Fresno; her brother, Scott Strong (Jodi) of Washington; step-brother Ray Perez of Moor Park; nieces Bailey, Ellie and Devyn; and sister Diana Arthur of Washington.

She is also survived by her grandchildren, whom she adored, Kasey, Hallie, Noah, Emma and Rae Lynn. She is also survived by aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

We know that Kerri is with the Heavenly Father now, and is certain to be singing with the angels. Though our hearts are broken, we will see her again.

There will be no services in California, but a celebration of her life will be held in Washington at a later date.

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