In Memoriam

February 20, 1952 – January 25, 2018

In Loving Memory of DeLorna Jean Strong

DeLorna Jean Strong was born in Anadarko, Oklahoma to Deloran Wayne and Mary (Archilita-Tsatahsisko) Williams.  She attended Boone Grade School where she was a standout basketball player.  She graduated from Apache High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree and Associate Degree in Nursing from Cameron University.

DeLorna was the Director of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation Program for 25 years.  Her staff share the below insight into who she was as a supervisor and friend.

“DeLorna Strong was a woman who would never quit until the job was done. She left a legacy in VR. She was driven to bring out the best in everyone. She had a laugh that was contagious, and she was late for everything. She enjoyed going to pow wows and spending time with her family. She was very passionate about the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.

DeLorna’s life was a blessing, her memory a treasure, she is loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. “

In her 25 years of service, she also worked on behalf of CANAR as a member and a board member.  She approached that work with the same tenacity as she tackled all other things – fearless and ready to help and hold us all up with a hug or a laugh.  She is missed.

DeLorna is survived by her husband Curtis “Neal” Strong; 3 children, Shineesta Rose Williams, Curtis Neal Strong, Jr., and Charles Mathew Strong; 2 sisters, LaQuinta Holcomb and Theresa Simmons; 7 grandchildren, Breanna, Aubrey, Haylee, TJ, Shane, Dakota, and DeLilah Dee.