Edna Strickland was born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England on 6 March 1911. At a young age she moved to Kensington. At the age of 14, she left school for an apprenticeship as she became a talented dressmaker.
At some point, she moved to Brentford. She worked in the area as a tailor and seamstress. During World War II, her company was evacuated, but she decided to stay with her mother and work in a factory which built aircrafts. In 1946, she married Bill “Dudley” Strickland. The couple had two children. In the 1950s, she did a lot of sowing at home to support the family. After retiring in the 1970s, she moved to Eastbourne, East Sussex. [source]
Her husband passed away in 1984. In 2001, she moved to Hounslow, London, to be closer with her family.