Betty Stear Long, 97, a longtime resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Feb. 1, 2012, at Brighton Gardens in Raleigh, N.C., after a brief illness.
She was born Sept. 25, 1914, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Jean and Frank Stear.
After graduating from Punxsutawney High School in 1931, she attended Indiana State Teachersâ€™ College and was a third-grade teacher in the Punxsutawney schools until 1939, when she married Jesse P. Long, the love of her life.
After her husband's death Jan. 11, 2005, Mrs. Long continued living in her apartment in Punxsutawney until April 2008, when she moved to Raleigh and Brighton Gardens to be near her family.
She was a longtime member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, a charter member of the Chapter W of the PEO, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Surviving relatives include a son, David and wife Nina of Holly Springs, N.C.; a daughter, Sally and husband Jim of Maitland, Fla.; granddaughter Amanda Ramseur and grandson David Long, both of Raleigh, N.C., granddaughters Ann O'Brien and Susan Mitchell, both of California; three great-grandsons; a great-granddaughter; and her granddog, Berkeley.
In addition, she leaves nieces Pam Wilkinson and Nim Butterworth of Richmond, Va., Jim Sturgeon of Kittanning and her sister-in-law, Mary LaMoyne of Richmond.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Peggy Sturgeon; a brother, David Smiley Stear; and a niece, Jeananne Sturgeon.
Friends will be received from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are under the care of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church, 106 East Union St., Punxsutawney, Pa. 15767, or to the charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.faitfuneralhome.com.