Mrs. Hilda Virginia Fortson Strickland, age 74, of Milner, passed away Wednesday, Nov, 26, 2014 at a Spalding County healthcare facility.Mrs. Strickland is preceded in death by her father, Mr. Tom Edd Fortson; and her mother, Mrs. Lois Annie McConnell. Mrs. Strickland was a member of the Red Hat Society and she loved gardening, flowers and meeting people. Mrs. Strickland was a homemaker, a loving wife, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a very involved member of the Milner First United Methodist Church.She is survived by her husband and soulmate of 55 years, Mr. Donald Elmo Strickland; one son, David Strickland (and Marcia) of Stockbridge, Ga.; one daughter, Donna Farrenkopf (and Fred) of Jersey, Ga.; six grandchildren, Ashley Bell Chatley, Erin Studstill, Meghan Wiggins, Loren Smithey, Ethan Strickland and Taylor Farrenkopf; two great-grandchildren, Reagan Studstill and David Studstill; two brothers, Darrell Fortson (and Marion) and Ed Fortson (and Rachel); and numerous nieces and nephews.A celebration of life for Mrs. Hilda Virginia Fortson Strickland will be held Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at 3 p.m. at Milner United Methodist Church with the Rev. Claude Herbert officiating. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday, Dec. 14, from 2 p.m. until the service hour.In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to “Missions” at Milner United Methodist Church, 174 Main St., Milner, Ga., 30257.Those who wish may view the memorial page and sign the guestbook online at williamsfh.net.Williams Funeral Home of Barnesville is in charge of the arrangements, 770-358-1678.