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Flora Pittard
B: 1935-12-13
D: 2018-05-19
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Pittard, Flora
Nicholas Patterson
B: 1990-11-12
D: 2018-05-19
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Patterson, Nicholas
William "Bill" Johnson
B: 1931-01-28
D: 2018-05-17
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Johnson, William "Bill"
Robert Meuret
B: 1931-01-11
D: 2018-05-17
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Meuret, Robert
John Ritter
B: 1959-09-24
D: 2018-05-16
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Ritter, John
David Tachell
B: 1953-01-28
D: 2018-05-16
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Tachell, David
Vito Acciarito
B: 1924-08-01
D: 2018-05-15
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Acciarito, Vito
Robert Capps
B: 1966-06-29
D: 2018-05-12
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Capps, Robert
Jackie Byerly
B: 1947-08-02
D: 2018-05-11
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Byerly, Jackie
Joanne Crosley
B: 1951-01-02
D: 2018-05-10
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Crosley, Joanne
Dena Jones
B: 1925-10-06
D: 2018-05-09
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Jones, Dena
James Gardner
B: 1956-06-27
D: 2018-05-07
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Gardner, James
Ryk VanRavenswaay
B: 1990-03-19
D: 2018-05-05
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VanRavenswaay, Ryk
Margaret McClain
B: 1928-03-21
D: 2018-05-05
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McClain, Margaret
Richard Shelton
B: 1926-03-27
D: 2018-05-03
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Shelton, Richard
Dawn "Mikie" Ayres
D: 2018-05-02
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Ayres, Dawn "Mikie"
Mary Jane Gillespie
B: 1931-10-19
D: 2018-05-01
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Gillespie, Mary Jane
Terry Shelton
B: 1950-02-02
D: 2018-05-01
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Shelton, Terry
Scott Harmon
B: 1964-03-13
D: 2018-05-01
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Harmon, Scott
Ronald Sutterfield
B: 1959-08-24
D: 2018-04-30
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Sutterfield, Ronald
Linda Seyffer
B: 1950-01-09
D: 2018-04-28
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Seyffer, Linda

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Frances "Maurine" Strong
1933 - 2018
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Condolence From: Ashley and Felix Hodson
Condolence: Felix and I send our deepest condolences to you all. I have the sweetest memories of Maurine. She cooked me my first American bacon when I came to visit in Texas back in 2000. Having never met my dad's mum, Maurine was like a surrogate grandmother to me and I will always remember her smiling and laughing.

All our love to the whole Strong clan.
Thursday January 25, 2018
Condolence From: Barbara Edwards
Condolence: Dan and I met the Strong family when we all were in Italy, living there due to work assignments in the years 1968-1974. Bob arrived first, then a little later along came Maurine with Charlie and Muffie, their two white poodles. Our four girls, ages from 2 to 12 were immediately in love with the Strong family, and in the next few years we had great times shopping and having dinner together, and going on little local trips.

One event stands out for me. My Mother was visiting and she and Maurine had the same flight back to JFK in New York. Upon arrival, my Mom in same way dropped her ticket for the Texas flight. Maurine was always a great companion to those she met and could mix in her unique bit of humor and put people at ease. At last, and getting my Mom our of her panic, she calmly suggested she buy another ticket. Just as Mom got out her check book an attendant came running with her ticket. Someone had found it and turned in. It is a little thing, but I was always glad Maurine was there.

In so many times since, we or members of our family, the girls who got to know Charlie and Muffie during those 6 years in Italy, have had opportunity to make connections and visit again with Maurine and Bob in these last four decades. Each of us who knew her will have memory of her wonderful personality. If your moment in life was a bit cloudy she had a way of giving a positive spin on the that time, and in joyful events, her very presence made you time even more special.
We share your sorrow, Bob. We all loved her, and some of our grand children got to know and love her too.

Barbara and Dan Edwards
Wednesday January 24, 2018
Condolence From: Dannah Edwards
Condolence: Maurine has been my role model and a second mom since I was a teenager. My friendship with her and Bob has spanned over 4 decades and many moves on both our parts. I am so thankful that they have been part of my life over the years—birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and weddings in Italy, Texas and Colorado.
Whenever I have meditated on the qualities of being strong (she did live up to her name!) and positive, Maurine has always emerged as a shining, concrete example of what I might aspire to. Over the years, when I have felt intimidated by a conflict, discouraged, or nervous about preparing a dinner party or a speech, I have often asked myself, “What would Maurine do in this situation?”
She never failed to bring an energy of gratitude and well-being to any gathering: I have watched in admiration how she negotiated awkward social situations like a wise courtier, never failing to bring a sense of joyous ease to everyone in her presence (both human and canine) with a quality that shone from deep inside her. To say she was gracious does not do her full justice: Maurine was regal. More than any woman I have ever met, she seemed capable of peacefully ruling a great kingdom, inspiring all of the people of the land by her steadfast example that life is abundant and wonderful, and that yes, we do have the power to make it so.
Maurine was the consummate hostess: she made you feel beyond welcome--she made you feel celebrated. In her hands, the protocols of etiquette became a vehicle for extending respect in artful ways. And her cooking! She transformed food with such mastery that it too became a form of honoring everyone fortunate enough to taste it.
My admiration for her grew even more during the past few years, when her joyful spirit did not waiver in the least in the face of lost mobility, chronic pain, illness and the passing of beloved friends. No matter what she was going through, she always took a warm, genuine interest in how you were: “And Sugar, how are you doing?” During our last phone conversation a few weeks ago, she---as always-- exuded pleasure at and gratitude for the many blessings in her life: her beloved Jersey Boy, her fine doctors, the beauty of the weather, the party she was looking forward to giving, the joys and successes of Bob and Robert and his family, the happy news received from friends around the world. I, as I am sure others who privileged to know her, will continue to draw comfort and wisdom from the amazing lady Maurine was and will always keep her in my heart.
Wednesday January 24, 2018