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NANCY (STEVENS) STRONG - EAST MONTPELIER - Nancy (Stevens) Strong, 82, of Center Road, passed away Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Berlin Health and Rehabilitation Center in Berlin after an extended illness. Nancy was born at Heaton Hospital in Montpelier, Sept. 10, 1931, the 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 AFB, Idaho. They lived in Mountain Home until the summer of 1958, when they were transferred to Ethan Allen AFB, Vermont. Air Force assignments took them to Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Foundland, 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, Neb. 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; sister, Nelda Stevens; brother, Neil L. Stevens Jr.; sisters-in-law, Beverly Azur, and Alice Jean (Strong) Nadeau; and nephew, Steven Brent Carmichael. She is survived by her husband, Frederick Strong of East Montpelier; son, Frederick Neil Strong of Lincoln, Neb.; daughter, Nancy Jean Barker and husband, James, of Prince Frederick, Md.; grandchildren, Sarah Strong and husband, Ross, of Lincoln, Neb., Jacob Strong and wife, Michelle, of North Liberty, Iowa, Rebecca and Rachel Strong of Lincoln, Neb., Hanna Barker of Westminster, Md., and Emma Barker of Prince Frederick, Md.; brother-in-law, Ronald Nadeau and wife, Sheryl, of Petaluma, Calif.; seven great-grandchildren; as well as cousins, nieces and nephews. The family is grateful for the compassionate care provided by the Central VT Renal Dialysis Unit, Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice and the staff of Berlin Health & Rehabilitation Center. A memorial service will be held at the Old Meeting House in East Montpelier Center on Sunday, July 27, 2014, at 2 p.m., with a reception following at the Parish House. Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., Montpelier, VT 05602; or to Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice, 600 Granger Rd., Barre, VT 05641 or at

Published in The Burlington Free Press on July 15, 2014
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