October 31, 1940 – September 15, 2023
Andrea Alston Strong, known as Molly, was born to Dr. James A. Hunter and Lucy E. Hunter on October 31, 1940 in Galveston, Texas. She grew up in numerous towns around the country, wherever her father was stationed during his service with the Public Health Service. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University, with a triple major in English, Spanish, and Education.
Shortly after graduating, she met and married her soulmate, Ron Strong in Waco, Texas on the eve of Thanksgiving, November 21, 1962. Together they had many adventures as they followed Ron’s Air Force career to Texas, California, and Ohio, where she taught English at Bishop Hartley High School in Columbus. They were additionally stationed in Nebraska and Okinawa, at last settling in Nebraska again for the remainder of Ron’s career. During this time, they were blessed with two sons, Travis and Roger, to whom she was a devoted and loving mother. While living in Bellevue, Nebraska, Molly served in many volunteer and career capacities. Molly was a docent at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium for 40 years. She was a member of Calvary Christian Church for over 50 years, 20 years of which she served as Christian Education Director. She also served as volunteer coordinator at Risen Son Christian Village in Council Bluffs, Iowa for six years. A great lover of stories, and was an avid storyteller with OOPS! (the Omaha Organization for the Preservation of Storytelling). Her other loves were her cats, books, writing stories, and playing the piano.
Molly loved God, her family and those around her fiercely and without reserve.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. James A. Hunter and Lucy E. Hunter as well as siblings Kim Ciara and John Hunter. She is survived by her beloved husband of 60 years, Ronald D. Strong, LtCol. USAF (Ret), son Travis (Dee Dee) and son Roger (Michelle), both of Kansas City; grandchildren Caleb, Rachel (Sal), Grace (Jaylen), Nate, Torin, Hunter and Violet; and one great-granddaughter, Adeline; siblings Kirk “Tex” (Maureen), Lucy (David), Kathleen (Terry), Joanne, Robert, T.J., Mary and Bill, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. She will be deeply missed.
Memorial Service: Sunday, September 24, 4:00 p.m., Calvary Christian Church, 10100 Cedar Island Road, Bellevue.
Inurnment: Omaha National Cemetery
Memorials to be directed by the family.