Services for Shannon Strickland, 16, will be held Sunday

Shannon Strickland, who completed her sophomore year at Forest Grove High School last June, died Aug. 28 at age 16 after a three-year battle with cancer.

Her orchestra teacher for two years, Leonard Ostwalt, said Shannon “wanted to be as independent as possible,” even after her disease required her to use a wheelchair and crutches.

When Shannon, a violinist, played with the orchestra during last spring’s musical, Once Upon a Mattress, she insisted on carrying her equipment and music into the pit with her. “She was a very determined young lady who generally refused any offers of help,” Ostwalt noted.

A memorial service for Shannon is scheduled at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at the SGI-USA Oregon Buddhist Center in Lake Oswego. Her obituary appears on page A8.

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