Rosa Lee Bunyard Strong


(Oct. 16, 2006)

Rosa Lee Strong died Monday, Oct. 16 in Billings, Mont., at the age of 91.

She was born on April 19, 1915, in Roff, Okla, daughter of William Lee Bunyard and Annie Laurie Beauchamp Bunyard. She married William Ray Strong on May 6, 1933, in Ada, Okla. They moved to Powell, Wyoming with their five children in 1949. Except for a period of years when Ray’s work for Texaco Oil Company took them to North Dakota, Wyoming was their home. Rosa Lee was preceded in death by her husband, Ray, who died at their Powell home on Jan. 22, 1986.

Her family will gather for graveside services at East Hill Cemetery in Roff, Okla., where she will be interred alongside her husband. A memorial service will be held in Powell at a later date.

Survivors include daughters Martha Slater of Gilroy, Calif.; Kathleen Elder of Nashville, Tenn.; Sandy Smith and husband Ron Smith of Billings; sons Tom Strong and wife Niurka of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Ken Strong and wife Sue of Salem, Ore.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are two sisters, Louise Tyler of Wagoner, Okla.; Edith Taylor of Houston, Texas; a brother, Jack Bunyard of Ada, Okla., and many nieces and nephews.

Rosa Lee was a member of the Methodist Church in Powell for more than 50 years, where she was active in Women’s Circles, helping with funeral meals, and crafting items for church bazaars. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the First United Methodist Church, PO Box 778, Powell, WY 82435.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home.