• Nancy Stevens Strong
    July 15,2014

    EAST MONTPELIER — Nancy Stevens Strong, 82, of Center Road, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin after an extended illness.

    Nancy was born at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Vermont, Sept. 10, 1931, daughter of Neil L. Stevens and Arley (Hier) Stevens. She graduated from Montpelier High School in 1949 and from Johnson State College in 1954. At college she performed her student teaching at the Center School in East Montpelier as well as Union Elementary School in Montpelier, where after graduation she taught first grade.

    On June 16, 1957, she married Frederick C. Strong, of East Montpelier, who was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho. They lived in Mountain Home until the summer of 1958, when they were transferred to Ethan Allen Air Force Base, Vermont. Air Force assignments took them to Massachusetts, Mississippi, Newfoundland, Maine, Nebraska and Labrador. Nancy was employed as librarian at the school on Goose Air Base, Labrador, and was a frequent substitute at the schools in Bellevue, Nebraska. In 1994, she and her husband returned to the Strong homestead in East Montpelier.

    In her younger years, she was a member of the Randolph Chapter of Rainbow Girls and later joined the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Friendly Circle of East Montpelier until her health limited her activities.

    She was predeceased by her father and mother; her sister, Nelda Stevens; her brother, Neil L. Stevens Jr.; her sisters-in-law, Beverly Azur and Alice Jean (Strong) Nadeau; and her nephew Steven Brent Carmichael.

    She is survived by her husband, Frederick Strong, of East Montpelier; son Frederick Neil Strong, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and daughter Nancy Jean Barker and her husband, James, of Prince Frederick, Maryland. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Sarah Strong and her husband, Ross, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Jacob Strong and his wife, Michelle, of North Liberty, Iowa, Rebecca and Rachel Strong, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Hanna Barker, of Westminster, Maryland, and Emma Barker, of Prince Frederick, Maryland; brother-in-law Ronald Nadeau and his wife, Sheryl, of Petaluma, California; and seven great-grandchildren, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews.

    A memorial service will be held at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center, Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. with a reception following at the Parish House.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Road, Montpelier, VT 05602, or to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641 or at www.cvhhh.org.

    The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by the Central Vermont Renal Dialysis Unit, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, and the staff of Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center.

    Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.guareandsons.com.

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