Nona Ellen Strong
Graveside services for Nona Ellen Strong, 85, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 21, 2016 at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Mrs. Strong passed away at 3:36 a.m., Monday, January 18, 2016 at Brooke Haven Health Care.
She was born October 24, 1930, at Hartington, Nebraska, to Homer Stanley and Mildred Reynolds Stanley. On December 24, 1948, she was married at Mountain Home, Arkansas, to William Edmund “Bill” Clarke, who preceded her in death on May 21, 1987. On March 11, 1991, she was married at Udall, Missouri, to Harvey Lee Strong, who preceded her in death on June 23, 2015. Mrs. Strong was a homemaker and before her retirement, she drove a school bus for the West Plains R-7 School District. Mrs. Strong was a member of the Church of Christ and attended Central Church of Christ for many years.
She is survived by one son, Allen Clarke and wife, Jeannie, West Plains, Missouri; three grandchildren, Allen Clarke, Jr., and wife, Christy, James Clarke and Tammy Morris; eight great-grandchildren, Logan Clarke, Caleb Clarke, Austin Turner, Niki Clarke, Cameron Clarke, Makenzie Clarke, Kenya Morris and Jubee Berry.
Her parents, husbands, one daughter, Connie Henry, one great-grandson, Taylor Clarke, three brothers and one sister, precede her in death.
Mrs. Strong will lie in state from 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, until 12:00 Noon Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.
Hassel and Alice Vandergriff
January 19, 2016 @ 6:04 am
We are so sorry to learn of Mrs. Strong’s passing; you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jean and Jan Thompson
January 19, 2016 @ 9:50 am
So sorry to hear of your loss. Nona was a good lady. Allen, you took good care of both your mother and Harvey. Know we’re thinking of you.
January 19, 2016 @ 10:06 am
I love you Grandma. I’ll miss you! <3
Mike and Diana Pace
January 19, 2016 @ 10:20 am
Our deepest sympathy for the Nona Strong family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
January 20, 2016 @ 4:50 pm
So sorry to hear about Nona passing. She was my buss driver buddy. We had good times back then driving busses. Nona was one of a kind and we all loved her. Sincerest sympathies Allen to you and her family.
January 20, 2016 @ 6:53 pm
With many loving thoughts nephew Dave Stanley and family,Julia and Karl
January 20, 2016 @ 7:23 pm
Aunt Nona I will miss you. You were always so good to me. Wayne my heat and prayers go out to you and your family. You have always taken care of everyone, love
January 26, 2016 @ 12:24 pm
My thoughts and prayers have been with you, Allen, and your family. I remember your mom when she was a school bus driver—and she was so nice to everyone. It has been some time since I have been living in the WP area and I was not aware that she had married Harvey and that you too had lost him recently. (I even remember when she picked me up, with you, to go to a sock hop at the gym in high school!)
Keep a notebook and pen or pencil handy and when you remember something that you did with your mom–write it down, let your children and grandchildren know how precious she is and what all she accomplished in her life so that she will remain with you and them in the future. Remember Harvey in the same way–he was his own special character!!
May God bless you all and keep you in his arms.