Mourning the loss of Deborah Strong

Deborah Strong, who served as executive director of the Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) from 1996 to 2005, died on Sunday. She is being remembered for being a passionate advocate for the CTF, which promotes the health, safety and welfare of children by funding programs and services to prevent child abuse and neglect.
“Deborah was a friend and colleague who was a passionate advocate for the work and mission of the trust fund,” said Michael Foley, who succeeded her as CTF executive director. “For those of us who had the pleasure of working with her, she will always be remembered for her collaborative spirit, tireless advocacy, her ability to connect research and best practice to the mission, and a genuine, infectious laugh that made it such a pleasure to be in her presence. Deborah made a meaningful difference for the children and families in Michigan – especially our most vulnerable. She will truly be missed.”
Funeral arrangements for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Muskegon are pending through Toombs Funeral Home, 2108 Peck St., Muskegon, 49443. The church where the funeral will be held is being finalized. Strong will be buried in Muskegon.
Cards and communications to her daughter, Simone Strong, and family can be mailed to: 921 Pleasant Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197.