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Celebrating the life of
Luella Strong
March 16, 1925 - February 19, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
No services are scheduled at this time.

I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Death is like a weight around our hearts but the comforting words found in the Scripture at Psalms 37: 10,11, and 29 can lift our hearts with this promise : "Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it." It is this promise for our future that can lift the veil of sadness. More comforting words can be read at jw.org.

Brittany , Washington, DC

Luella Strong passed away February 19, 2015, in Houston, just one month before her 90th birthday.
A memorial service in Houston will celebrate Lu’s life (details are below). Interment will follow in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her long life was filled with good times, dedicated work, accomplishments, generosity, adventure — and an abundance of grace. Lu would insist her struggles, though unavoidable late in life, were far overshadowed by her joys.
Luella Catherine Strong was born March 16, 1925, in Pittsburgh, the fourth of five children of George and Letitia (Calhoun) Strong. Family life in their busy home on Winterburn Street, in Pittsburgh’s Greenfield neighborhood, centered on neighborhood friends, cousins, school, and the Greenfield Presbyterian Church.
After graduation from Taylor Allderdice High School, Lu started pursuing her dream of succeeding in the business world. First came a position at M.E. Cunningham’s south side office, where the employees’ Goodtimers Club brought many new friendships.
Then she accepted a position with Gulf Oil, and her life would soon be changed.
An early promotion took her from Pittsburgh, first to Gulf Oil offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Then to Coral Gables in the Miami area, where she served many years as an executive secretary, supporting Gulf’s operations for Latin America. Her job experiences and Miami’s rich heritage sparked a lasting fascination with international cultures.
In the 1980s, she transferred to Gulf Oil’s Houston headquarters, still focusing on international operations. For her organizational skills and teamwork during her years on the job and in professional organizations, she was named 1998 Woman of the Year by the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), Houston Memorial Forest Chapter.
She remained in Houston after her 1986 retirement and nurtured a new life just as exciting as her career days had been.
Extra time allowed more involvement with charities. In Florida, she had served as a mentor to teen girls from challenged backgrounds. In Houston, she did the same with an agency helping teen boys.
Her devotion to the End Hunger Network (now part of Houston Food Bank) became almost a full-time endeavor, as she recruited restaurants and food stores for The Food Loop project and inspected facilities of agencies that received donations.
In another area of interest, Lu participated in The Friendship Force, which welcomes international visitors to Houston. In collaborating so often with friend and fellow Friendship Force member Bette Breaz, Lu became an honorary member of the Breaz family and an eagerly welcomed guest for many family occasions.
Over the later years, loved ones started noticing Lu’s struggles with memory. When symptoms of Alzheimer’s became more apparent, Lu moved to the Treemont Retirement Community on New Year’s Day, 2010.
Loyal friends made certain the relocation would make no difference in Lu’s social calendar. For years, Mary Johnson, Sally Kiley, Sissy Tipton, Ludy Guerrero, and Ginger Day stopped by frequently to pick up Lu for their usual ball games, museum visits, performances, and bus tours.
Inside Treemont, Lu enjoyed new friends as she became a regular at lobby entertainments and other activities.
From her first day there, she enjoyed the loving support of Linda Parson and associate Cherry Field. In her last year, Lu also was assisted by Orialys Peraza, Maria Lemus, and others with the Senior Allegiance agency. They became Lu’s helpers, confidants, and champions.
Lu was preceded in death by her parents, George and Letitia Strong; her sisters, Esther Pickard and Dorothy Harm; and one brother, Bob Strong.
She is survived by her brother, Tom Strong and his wife Joycelyn, of Pittsburgh, as well as six much-loved nieces and nephews, three grand nephews, a great-grand niece, a newborn great-grand nephew — and many, many friends.
Memorials
A memorial service on Monday, March 9, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Treemont Senior Community in Houston will honor all the seasons of Lu’s rich life. Treemont is located at 2501 Westerland, about two blocks east of Westheimer and Gessner.
If you wish to honor Lu’s memory with a donation of funds or volunteer time, the family asks you to consider these wonderful organizations:
• The Gathering is a network of activity programs serving people with dementia. Contact the Interfaith Care Partners at 701 N. Post Oak Road #330, Houston TX 77024, or at InterfaithCarePartners.org. Please specify your gift is for the Alzheimer’s Care Team in memory of Luella Strong.
For more information or to volunteer, call Tom Breaux at 713.682.5995.
• The Alzheimer’s Association funds medical research and other programs aimed at creating a world without Alzheimer’s. National hotline is 1.800.272.3900. Please state your gift is in honor of Luella Strong and is directed to medical research.
The same hotline can suggest ways to volunteer and can provide information about Alzheimer’s and its treatment.

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I very much regret this huge loss and feeling the pain his family are going through, I want to share the hope that very soon "will be a resurrection from God", as the Bible tells us in Acts 24:15. Courage and strength to all your family at this painful time. www.JW.org

Gerardo, Kissimmee, FL

My deepest condolences to you and your family. Death is like a weight around our hearts but the comforting words found in the Scripture at Psalms 37: 10,11, and 29 can lift our hearts with this promise : "Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace. The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it." It is this promise for our future that can lift the veil of sadness. More comforting words can be read at jw.org.

Brittany , Washington, DC


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