Dec. 27, 1926 - May 23, 2012
Maxine J. Long of Milton-Freewater passed away May 23, 2012, at her home at the age of 85 years. Funeral services will be Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater with Pastor Quinton Kimbrow officiating. Concluding services and interment to follow in the Milton-Freewater Cemetery. Ritualistic services conducted by Loyalty Chapter #47 Order of Eastern Star. Memorial contribution may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church or Walla Walla Community Hospice through the funeral home.
Mrs. Long was born Dec. 27, 1926, in West Liberty, Iowa, the daughter of Iman C. and Etta M. Branham Wells. She attended school in Stanwood, Iowa, graduating from high school as valedictorian in 1946.
On Jan. 12, 1947, she married Gale Long in Stanwood. After their marriage, the couple moved to Cedar Rapids. In 1959 they moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and then to Portland. In 1964 they moved to Yakima and back to Portland in 1967. They then moved to Milton-Freewater in 1969. Mrs. Long had worked for the Freewater Drug Store and the Leader clothing store. She volunteered for many years at the Breadbasket in Milton-Freewater. She enjoyed her family, meeting people, birds, flowers, pets, music traveling and the companionship of her dog, Jamie. She and her husband traveled extensively after his retirement in their motorhome. Mr. Long preceded her in death on Oct. 31, 2008. Mrs. Long was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, Loyalty Chapter #47 OES and Past Matron, M-F Art Club, and the M-F Garden Club.
Mrs. Long is survived by two daughters, Debbie York and Janine Long both of Milton-Freewater; a son, Mark Long of Kent, Wash.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter;
numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
The family would like to thank Hospice nurse Nancy and Chaplain Terry for their kind and loving care of our Mom.