Frances Strickland grew up on a dairy farm in Simpsonville, Kentucky Shelby County, Kentucky, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Murray State University, and was a health and physical education teacher and received her doctorate in educational psychology at the University of Kentucky where she met Ted Strickland. She and Governor Strickland met on the day after Christmas in 1973 and married that day in 1987. After she graduated, she served as a school psychologist for many years in a public school system. She plays the guitar and was often heard at rallies for her husband.
As the First Lady of Ohio, she served as the chair of the Family and Children First Councils, composed of state-agency leaders that helps families seeking government services.
She has also written a children’s novel about the first female Governor of Kentucky Martha Layne Collins.