Marcella Lee Strong
Marcella Lee (Hinkle) Strong 64, of Orwell, passed away January 7, 2019, at UH Geauga Medical Center. She was born October 16, 1954, in East Liverpool, Ohio, to Carl and Ruth (White) Hinkle.
She grew up in Mentor and graduated from Mentor High School where she was active in the band program. She went on to the University of Toledo where she received a degree in Music education. She also received a Master's in Early Childhood education from Kent State. Marcella was the Elementary Music teacher for 30 years at Cardinal Schools where she was awarded Teacher of the Year and also received awards from The National Association for Music Educators, The National Reference Institute and the Marquis of Who's Who Publication Board. She also taught privately for over 40 years to the present to countless students of all ages. She made sure her students were awarded for their efforts for each year as a student through certificates and trophies. She was president of the Friends of Grand Valley Library and a member of Delta Kappa Pi. Marcella was "A Music teacher who helps their students find the song in their heart, the beat in their feet, and a passion for life."
She met her husband David while they were new teachers. They were married just a few months later during the heaviest snow ever in Thompson in 1977. They have always been involved in their community but loved travel, music, family and entertaining. Marcella loved to cook for holidays. They are known for having table games for family events. They were a couple all the time: if one was there, you would find the other too. Although they did not have their own children, they influenced hundreds of young people in the many ways they taught or worked in the community. Marcella's home music room walls have senior pictures of years of her students.
Marcella was welcomed into heaven by her parents Carl and Ruth Hinkle; In Laws Betty and Willard Strong; sister in law Alice (Wright) Strong; and brother in law Michael Betteys.
She is survived by her beloved husband David of 41 years; her sister Christina Rae (Hinkle) Betteys of Mentor; her brother Thomas Carl Hinkle of Texas; brother in law Richard (Bobbie) Strong of Painesville; four sisters in law, Beth (Roger) Strong Haynes of Stockton Springs, Maine, Susan (Richard) Strong Juhasz of Montville, Mae (Robert) Strong Hopke of Dunstable, Massachusetts, and Carol (Gerry) Strong Beland of Pelham, New Hampshire; 7 Nieces, Michelle Betteys, Nichol Ness, Cassandra Haynes, Meghan (Andrew) Strong-Bendarski, Brianna (Matt) Morrill, Colleen Juhasz, Sophia Beland; 5 Nephews, Richard (Dana) Haynes, Geoffrey Juhasz, Alex Hopke, Michael Hopke, Maxwell Beland; and Great Nephews and Nieces Avery and Eli Betteys Cheyene Ness, Matias Marza Haynes, Maddox and Carter Morrill.
Calling hours will be held 5:00-7:00 PM Friday, January 11, 2019, at Sly Family Funeral Home and Saturday 9:00 AM until her Celebration of Life Service 11:00 AM at the Sly Family Funeral Home, 15670 West High St., Middlefield, OH 44062. A Private Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations may be made to Grand Valley Ruritans, Grand Valley Public Library or Friends of Grand Valley Library at c/o David Strong PO Box 370 Orwell, Ohio 44076-0370. Share memories and condolences at
Published on January 8, 2019


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