Elizabeth Horter Strickler

June 1, 1909June 22, 2011

Elizabeth (Chichi) Horter Strickler, 102, died June 22, 2011 peacefully in her home at Lenbrook Square, where she had lived since 1993. She was born in Havana, Cuba, June 1, 1909, the only daughter of Helen Dyer and John Zunts Horter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Her father went to Cuba just after the Spanish American War in 1899 and started his own machinery and implement business, which was highly successful for five decades. He was the distributor for Caterpillar Tractor, John Deere, Atlanta’s King Plow and Samson Windmills. He sold the first metal plow to a Cuban farmer, no small achievement in a country that had used nothing but an iron shod bent stick pulled by oxen up until then. He also built the first American owned office building that housed, not only his own business, but also the American Embassy and Consulate offices.

Chichi was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Dr. Cyrus W. Stickler, Jr., in 1998. Dr. Strickler, Jr., a native Atlantan, followed in the footsteps of his father, Dr. Cyrus Strickler, Sr., serving as President of Emory University Hospital Staff, Chairman of the Board of Fulton County Medical Society and serving two years in the Emory Unit 43rd General Hospital in World War II.

During the early years of their marriage they often visited Havana, including the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Chichi’s mother and father in 1954.

Chichi graduated from Spence School in New York City in 1928. After a three year summer courtship, she married her sweetheart, Cy, in 1933, in Linville, N.C. They lived for two years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as Cy finished his medical internship at the University of Michigan Medical School, after which, they returned to Atlanta and Cy joined his father in the practice of medicine.

Chichi served as a Pink Lady at the Lawson General Hospital, built temporarily in the 40’s to care for wounded soldiers returning to the U.S. for treatment during World War II. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, member and President of the Peachtree Garden Club, member of the Piedmont Driving Club, the Capital City Club, the Linville Golf and Country Club, the Junior League and the last surviving member of the Loose Lip Ladies.

She is survived by her son John H. Strickler, a retired banker, his wife Anita Van Buskirk; son Cyrus W. Strickler III, a retired Delta Airlines Pilot and owner/manager of the Tophat Soccer Club, his wife Palmer DuBose; son David W. Strickler, retired from the Travel Business; one grandson, Dr. John H. Strickler, Jr.; seven granddaughters, Dr. Kathryn S. McLeod and husband, David; Elizabeth S. Taylor and husband, Alex; Anne S. Mitchell and husband Bill; Leigh Warren Strickler; Jeane Elizabeth Strickler; Laura Palmer Strickler; Helen Louise Strickler; and seven great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25 at the First Presbyterian Church at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta or the Charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


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Jan Lundy

March 5, 2012

Chi Chi was my mother's 1/2 cousin I guess. My grandfather, Milton Horter, was a 1/2 brother to John Zunts Horter. She and I have corresponded for the last 10 years and she has shared many amazing stories of life in Cuba, life in Ann Arbor (which is coincidentally where I grew up, 1964 - age 6 - to 1974 - age 16.) She's helped me with historical data that has led to the publication of 2 books on Horter asecndants. We met at her Peachtree residence and shared many a family story. I loved her intellect and her spirit and of course her many letters. The Horter women were courageous and interesting and she, like her half cousins, lived long and intersting lives.

Jan Frances Lundy, Joan Horter Lundy's daughter

Bob Thompson

June 28, 2011

My condolences for your loss.

June 25, 2011

Chi Chi was an upbeat example for us in the Peachtree Garden Club to follow. We will miss her vivacious spirit. Olive and Roby Robinson

Lynn Willoughby

June 25, 2011


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