OBITUARY

Gloria "Jean" Strong

July 12, 1950September 11, 2020
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Gloria “Jean” Strong 70, of Peoria, IL was born on July 12th, 1950 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, the first-born child of proud parents Emmitt & Lillie Mae (Owens) Austin. Gloria attended public school in Clarksdale, Mississippi and obtained her Associates Degree at Coahoma Jr. College, she also obtained her Nursing degree. Growing up in Clarksdale, Gloria enjoyed spending time with her family and her five siblings. Gloria was raised up in the Dennis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and gave her life to Christ at an early age. In 1970 Gloria was blessed with her only child Rashonda Austin-Mack, who was the apple of her eye. Gloria’s desire to make a better life for her and Rashonda lead her to move to Peoria IL, where a few close family members had migrated. Her Uncle Charles Owens and Cousin Rosie Rickmon welcomed her to the area. Upon her arrival Gloria was employed at Sharon Health Care as a Certified Nurse’s Aide. Gloria eventually moved on to work for Caterpillar Tractor Company where she worked for 25 years prior to retiring. Gloria met her soul mate Robert Strong in 1979, they joined in holy matrimony on July 29, 1982. To this union Gloria gained a Daughter Sherry Askew and a Son Jeffrey Strong. Gloria was a member of the Church of the Living God Peoria where she served as a Nurse on the Nurses Guild. Gloria was always looking for ways to volunteer in the church. She gave of her time and financial support whenever she was needed. Gloria loved to travel with her husband, spending quality time with her family, fishing, gardening and being a part of the women’s social society Red Hat Club. Gloria leaves to cherish her beautiful memory her husband of 38 years Robert Strong, her children Rashonda Austin-Mack, Sherri Askew and Jeffery Strong (LaShara). Her Grandson Kourion Mack, who she helped raise, Jashara Strong, Akira Strong, Jaylen Strong, Denecia Lofton, Leon Askew and Lamont Williams. Her five siblings Emmitt Austin (Kathy) of Atlanta, GA, Mary Ann Blocker (Jesse) of Memphis, TN, Edward Austin of Ellenwood, GA, Rufus “Charles” Austin (Debra) of Savannah, GA and Alvin Austin of Peoria, IL. Mother In-Law Ruthie Harris, Sister in laws/brother in laws: Wardell Askew (Vonzella), Doris Askew (John), Naomi Coleman, Ollie Evans and Marvin Paschall. God-Daughter Tia Poole (Lester, Jr.) of Altus, OK and a host of family members and dear friends. Gloria was proceeded in death by her parents Emmitt & Lillie Mae Austin. Gloria transitioned from this life to her Heavenly Home on Friday, September 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Gloria’s memories will live on in the hearts of those who love her. Services will be held Wednesday September 16, 2020 at Davison Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria, IL. Visitation will be from 12 pm to 2 pm and services will begin at 2pm with Vice Chief Leroy Smith Jr. as the officiant. Additional services will be held at E.H. Ford Mortuary 3390 Elvis Presley Blvd in Memphis, TN on Saturday September 19, 2020. Visitation will be at 12 pm and service will be at 1 pm, Elder Vonzella Askew will be the officiant. Gloria will be laid to rest at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery 4000 Forrest Hill Irene Road, Memphis, TN. Memorial contributions can be made in her honor to IL Cancer Care, 8940 Wood Sage Rd, Peoria, IL 61615

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PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

  • Visitation

    Saturday, September 19, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial

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