Jeanne Mansell Strong, 68, of Bogart, wife of Charles F. Strong Jr., died on Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Jeanne was a loving wife, mother, and sister, and was also an accomplished painter and artist. Her creativity and passion for historic preservation led her to be vital in the restoration and design of the Church-Waddel-Brumby House (now the Athens Welcome Center) and she served as a Past President of the Athens Clarke Heritage Foundation. She also researched and authored a book, available through the Oconee County Library, on the history of Oconee County.
Jeanne taught Interior Design at UGA for several years and was an OCAF Board Member. She was the owner/co-owner of two different businesses in Watkinsville - Art Masters and Accents Unlimited - and worked as the Mainstreet Manager in Monroe.
A native of Boston, Mass., Jeanne was the daughter of the late William A. and Rae J. Mansell. She graduated from Natick High School, received her undergraduate degree from Framingham State University, and received her master's in Historic Preservation and her certification in Interior Design from the University of Georgia.
In addition to her husband, survivors include a daughter and her fiancé, Alexis Rae Strong and Jay Bauer, of Washington, D.C.; and sisters, Donna Phoenix, of Manchester, Conn., Patricia Rae Kelly, of Escondido, Calif., and Lee Ann Truesdell Dropkin, of Port Washington, N.Y.
A memorial service is to be planed for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home West, Bogart, is in charge of the arrangements.
Lord & Stephens Funeral Home - West Chapel
1211 Jimmy Daniel Road Watkinsville, GA 30622
Published in Athens Banner-Herald on May 8, 2014