Created on Friday, 04 October 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Martha A. Long, 98, of Ridgeway, died Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at Green Hills Community, West Liberty, with her family at her side following an extended illness.
She was born in Walnut Grove on Sept. 26, 1915, to the late Charles and Maude Dodd Stevens.
She married Charles F. Long on Aug. 8, 1932, and he preceded her in death Sept. 7, 1980. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, two sons, a son-in-law, four grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include her five children, Julia Kerns and Donna Wiley, both of Ridgeway, Melvin (Janice) Long of Mt. Victory, Polly (Bucky) Lord of Batesville, Ind., and Chuck Long of Cato, N.Y.; 25 grandchildren; 61 great-grandchildren; 37 great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A loving homemaker, she was a faithful member of the West Mansfield Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School for more than 35 years. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine, and the Pythian Sisters, and had served as a Cub Scout Leader.
She enjoyed playing bingo and working needlepoint (when she was able) and especially enjoyed fishing and camping.
The beloved matriarch of her family, she will be remembered as an outstanding cook, especially for her gravy.
Visitation is from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday and two hours prior to a funeral at 1 p.m. Monday at Mannasmith-Schnurrenberger Funeral Home, West Mansfield, with her grandson, the Rev. Darrel Allmon officiating. Burial is in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.
Memorial contributions may be made to Universal Home Health & Hospice.
Express condolences at www.mannasmithfuneralhome.com.