With full and grateful hearts, we announce the gentle, peaceful passing of Nancy E. Long at Brevellier Village, Harborcreek. She was tenderly cared for there and recently with the help of hospice care by the Community Nursing Services of North East.
Nancy was many things to many people, but kind and gentle to everyone. She enjoyed music (playing the piano, as recently as Thanksgiving), gardening, working on the grape farm that she shared with her late husband, John W. Long Jr (2006), and people. She had a lovely array of friends, Mom looked for what was good in those around her and focused on that, which made for many long and rich friendships. She had a quick wit, a bright sparkle in her eye, dancing feet to the end and a great sense of humor. When you were in her company, you felt loved and cared about and no one gave you a better hug. Nancy regularly attended of South Harborcreek United Methodist Church for many years. Her faith was sound, and she lived it well.
She was born on October 23, 1927, the daughter of the late Lois (Cranmer) McLaughlin and Harry McLaughlin, sister to the late, Albert “Bert” Mc-Laughlin and Theodore“Ted”McLaughlin. On March 10,1945 shemarried the love of her life, John W. Long, Jr. and they began a 61 year journey that met each of their wedding vows, “better, worse, richer, poorer, sickness and health”, these two had it all.
The mother of eight children, she was kept busy raising her large family, she canned fruits from the local farmers and vegetables from her huge garden, she baked bread regularly, for us to enjoy and to share with our neighbors. So many times, during our childhood days, she would toss a warm loaf of freshly baked bread into a paper grocery bag and instruct one of us to “take this to ...” and a neighbor would be named and blessed. Though Mom didn’t love to cook, she did it well and her apple pies were amazing.
Her devoted and beloved sons have preceded; Rex “Randy” (2000), Bruce (2020), Wesley (1986) and Richard “Rick” (2016), as well as her son-in-law, Doug Skelly (1998), she is survived by her four adoring daughters; Susan Campbell (Swansboro, NC), Barbara (Rod) Kindler (Greensburg, PA), Carol (Fred) Odbert (Brookeville, MD) and Sally Skelly (North East, PA). She is further survived by her daughters-in-law, Kitty Long and Patricia Long, her 16 grandchildren; Jackie Pinkston (David), Joseph Long (Saira), Michael Long, Sarah (Brad) Davis, Heidi Johnson (Charlie Ciborek), Clay (Janelle) Campbell, Mark Kindler (fiancé Rachel), Alanna Kindler (fiancé Sean), Jonathan Odbert, Emily Odbert, Brian Skelly, Erin Skelly, Dustin (Mary) Greishaw, Sierra Long (fiancé Austin), Molly Long and Greg Byers (fiancé Dyanna) as well as 14 great grandchildren, many loving nieces and nephews and their children. Her niece, Mary Montgomery, who was particularly close to her also survives.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Saturday from noon until time of a funeral service at 2:00 p.m. Officiating the service is Rev. Larry Reitz of the Titusville United Methodist Church. Private interment will be held at North East Cemetery. Mother loved flowers, but in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her name to The Crescent Hose Co (who carried her countless times to the ER) or the Community Nursing Services of North East (who cared for her as needed for decades). Please send condolences to elkinfh.com.
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