|Birth: ||Aug. 31, 1877|
|Death: ||May 19, 1969|
Obituary from New Milford Times dated 05/22/1969:
"Funeral services for Mrs. Adaline Buck Strong will be held today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. at the Peelen & Planz Funeral Home with the Rev. Elbert Hamlin, rector of the St. John's Episcopal Church officiating. Burial will be in Center Cemetery.
Mrs. Strong was the widow of Robert P. Strong, died May 19 at her home on Whittlesey Ave. at the age of 91. A lifelong resident of New Milford, she was born Aug. 31, 1877, daughter of the late Joseph & Elizabeth Bostwick Buck. Earlier this years, Mrs. Strong had broken her hip. She recovered from hospitalization to return to her home and had been ill only a short time. Mrs. Strong was affectionately known for many years as "the white-haired lady from New Milford Hospital" as she expanded her services to the hospital far beyond her duties as treasurer. She was the hospital's first treasurer, serving for 46 years until she became treasurer emeritus on Jan. 15, 1958.
She served as purchasing agent, director of volunteer sewing for the linen supplies and the operating room, as well as helping in the food services section.
On her 85th birthday, the late Dr. Howard G. Stevens, a veteran physician and town health director, described her as "not only Strong by name but strong by nature."
During World War I she was chairman of the Farmettes for New Milford and Litchfield county. Women were brought in to keep farms operating while the men servced in the armed forces.
During her long years, many selectman knew the fine hand of Mrs. Strong in welfare cases. She worked quietly behind the scenes.
As Red Cross Chapter Chairman for 14 years, she directed many branches of its volunteer services, including a motor corps during World War II. She served for 25 years as a member of the board of directors of the Community Ambulance Association, retiring in July 1954. She was also a former treasurer of the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association and Robert Sherman Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
The entire town recognized her long services when she was made honorary chairman of the town's 250th anniversary celebration in 1957.
Her associate in establishing their dream of a hospital was her Whittlesey Avenue neighbor, Dr. Rupert S. Day, now 88 years old. It was on his advice that she 'slowed down' as hospital treasurer. Only within the past few months had she neglected a daily check of the hospital.
She was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church. There are no immediate survivors."
Robert P. Strong (1876 - 1932)*
Created by: Michael Ryley Bradbury
Record added: Mar 31, 2009
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