Ella Agnes Strohmaier, formerly of Redmond, loved to hand out recipes for her turtle cookie recipie to complete strangers. After that, they were no longer strangers.
Strohmaier, 97, and formerly of Nilasha, would have turned 98 on Nov. 18. She died last week.
“Mom would meet everyone while shopping at Fred Myers in Redmond and hand them the recipe,” said her daughter, Sandra Hanson. That began when she moved to Nilasha from the Crooked River Ranch in 1994 and lasted till she made the move to Gresham six years ago.
“The reason she did this was to connect to others,” she said. “It was one way she found her joy. Because the joy of giving lasts longer than the joy of receiving.”
Strohmaier was a homemaker her whole life but would have made a wonderful home economics teacher with her skills and patience. She was an excellent seamstress, baker, gardener, friend and mom. She liked to laugh and make others laugh and if someone had a need, she was there to help using her “gift of giving,” Hanson said.
“To all the people in Central Oregon that received my mom’s Turtle Cookie recipe, I want to thank you for giving her so much joy,” Hanson said. “I am sure you could only wonder who is this little lady stopping to ask if you owned a waffle iron because she had a wonderful recipe to share with your family.”
For Strohmaier, it was the highlight of her day; not just giving out the recipe but meeting so many wonderful people.
“She passed away on Sunday, Sept. 6, but please continue to share her story and recipe. She would be so pleased,” Hanson said.