Mary L. Strong died peacefully in her home in Alexandria, on August 5, 2016. Born in Aberdeen, NC, on September 16, 1920, she was the daughter of James and Almira Lineberry.
She grew up in Raleigh and moved to Alexandria with the migration of young women who came to help with the war effort in the early 1940's. Her 30-year career with the Department of the Army was spent mostly at the Engineer School in Fort Belvoir, where she rose above the secretarial ranks when that was the exception rather than the rule.
In retirement, she traveled the world and was active in her church. She was married to the late Col. James Donald Strong and is survived by two daughters, Kathleen Rutledge and Patricia Bell, and a granddaughter, Caroline Bell-Luehrs, as well as by her beloved caretaker, Najia Gainous.
The funeral will be held on Friday August 12, at 3 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, 2006 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria, VA; viewing from 2-3 p.m. Interment will be at Arlington National National Cemetery at a later date.
Contributions in her memory may be made to the Mt. Vernon UMC Endowment Fund at the above address. Services by Old Town Funeral Choices,


Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA


Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church
2006 Belle View Blvd.
Alexandria, VA

August 12, 2016
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church
1600 John Marshall Highway
Front Royal, VA 22630

August 12, 2016
3:00 PM

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  1. Remembering a kind and generous lady and one of our favorite Lineberry cousins, with love. Family reunions won’t be the same without you. – Betsy, Chips, and Jenny Chapman and Betsy Moses

  2. Dear Kathy, Patricia, and Caroline. Thinking of you all during this difficult time of loss. Your mom will live on in your hearts and may warm memories ease some of your sorrow.

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