She was born September 21, 1929 in Brawley, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Wiley Rowton and Rosie Lewis Rowton. She was united in marriage to the late Richard Smith until his passing and then to the late Roy Strong. Velma worked in the lumber industry for years and worked a skidder with her husband. She was also a chicken farmer for some time, and enjoyed her flower gardens and loved bird watching. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by son Bruce Strong and wife Gloria of Mena, Arkansas; brothers Carlton Rowton of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Clyde Delton Rowton of Heavener, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husbands Richard Smith and Roy Strong, and one brother Roy Welton Rowton.
Mrs. Strong was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. No services have been scheduled at this time.
Memorials may be made in her name to the Mena Manor Nursing Home.