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Jessie Mae Strong

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JESSIE MAE STRONG Jessie Mae Strong transitioned peacefully to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 29th, 2013 at her home following a valiant battle with cancer. She was surrounded by family. Jessie was born December 20th, 1919, in Monroe County, Alabama to Chonner Johnson and Caldonia Davison. Jessie graduated from Monroe Training School in Beatrice, Alabama in 1941 and Alabama State University at Montgomery in 1945 where she received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. Jessie married Daniel Webster Strong June 9th, 1951 in Belleville, Alabama. They moved to Los Angeles, CA. and subsequently made their home in Elsinore, CA. in 1964 where they raised their 5 children and both began their teaching careers. Jessie had a great love and passion for teaching. She earned a Master's degree in Education from Azusa Pacific University. In addition, she also took coursework at the University of California Riverside and the University of Southern California. She taught Special Education in the Lake Elsinore School District for over 30 years, retiring in November 1993. Jessie was an advocate for children with special needs and was instrumental in garnering support from the school district to have "her children" participate in the Riverside County Special Olympics Program. In 1992 Jessie was honored as "Teacher of the Year" by the Lake Elsinore Unified School District. She was one of the most beloved teachers in the district. Jessie loved gardening. She especially loved roses. She had an assortment of fruit trees that kept her especially busy during the summer. Jessie also loved to travel. Perhaps her most cherished trip was to Israel where her niece, the Rev. Dr. Classy M. Preston baptized her in the Jordan River. Jessie was a member of Amos Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Riverside, California. She is a charter member of Eta Phi Beta sorority, Gamma Alpha chapter since 1976, and held every office at least once. Jessie was also a Lifetime member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), a member of Lake Elsinore NAACP Branch #1034. She held memberships in the National Council of Negro Women, the Lake Elsinore Optimist Club, and the Lake Elsinore Chamber of Commerce. Jessie helped organize a special rodeo for handicapped children as part of the Lake Elsinore Annual Rodeo. Jessie also volunteered with the Lake Elsinore Historical Society. Jessie was pre-deceased by her husband, Daniel in 1991 and brothers Travis and Essie D. and her sisters Floradell, Frances and Eula Lee Johnson. Survivors left to cherish her rich legacy, heritage and memories include four sisters: Lettie Hurd, Evergreen, AL; Mildred Washam, Mobile, AL; Margaret (Matthew) Mc Means, Montgomery, AL; Betty Lambert, Excel, AL; two brothers Langston Johnson, Los Angeles, CA; and R.C. (Maggie) McMillian, Prichard, AL; five children: Alfonso Strong, Ramona, CA.; Ricardo Strong, Lake Elsinore, CA.; Rowena (Donald) Veal-Strong, Altadena, CA.; Xanthia Strong, Oceanside, CA.; and Quinlan Strong, Oceanside, CA.; There are countless loving and devoted nieces, nephews, grand-children, great grand-children, cousins, close friends and numerous acquaintances. Visitation: Monday, September 9, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Evans-Brown Mortuary, 126 East Graham Ave., Lake Elsinore, California 92530. Funeral: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 10:00am at Amos Temple CME Church, 17925 Iris Avenue, Riverside, California 92508. Viewing will be held from 9:30 am to 10:00 am.

Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 5 to Sept. 7, 2013
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