Former Educator, Award-Winning Author, and Bogalusa Daily News Columnist Passes Away

Published 10:59 am Friday, June 10, 2016

Jacquelyn Sandifer Strange, 79, a Bogalusa native, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina from Congestive Heart Failure. Ms. Strange was a 1955 Graduate of Bogalusa High School. She was the 1955 “Ms. Knights of Columbus” and represented Washington Parish in the 1955 Ms. Louisiana contest. “Jackie,” as she was known, purchased and restored the house at 537 Atlanta, which became known as “The Pink Lady,” it is the second-oldest remaining home in Bogalusa and was featured in a story in the Bogalusa Daily News on April 28, 1996. An English Honors teacher for years at Bogalusa High School, she also taught the “Martha” Sunday School class at First Baptist Church. Jackie was also a columnist for the Bogalusa Daily News with a column titled “Strange to Say,” and several other topic-related columns like “Heart Healthy.”

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, William James “Toby” and Dorthia “Dot” Seal Sandifer as well as a brother Stanley Sandifer and a sister Shannon Sandifer. Also a stepson Alan Strange of Festus, MO. She is survived by her husband of 35 years Maxie Lee Strange of Harbinger, NC  a sister, Theresa Sandifer Doyle of San Antonio, TX and three daughters, Michelle Hartmann and Rochelle Brinkley of Currituck, NC and Amy Strange Hawkins of St. Louis, MO a son, Rob Hartmann and wife Lisa of West Monroe, LA. Jackie also had seven grandchildren. Her obituary can be viewed on-line and additional information/comments are on the Bogalusa Facebook Group: “Bogalusa-Then and Now”.