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Betty Stear Long, 97, a long-time resident of Punxsutawney, passed away Wednesday, 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, Mrs. Long attended Indiana State Teachers 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 his death Jan. 11, 2005, she continued living in her apartment in Punxsutawney until April 2008, when she moved to Raleigh and Brighton Gardens to be near her family.
Mrs. Long was a long-time member of the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church; a charter member of the Chapter W of the PEO; a member of the Order of the Eastern Star; and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Surviving relatives include a son, David Long and wife Nina of Holly Springs, N.C.; a daughter, Sally and husband Jim of Maitland, Fla.; a granddaughter, Amanda Ramseur, and a grandson, David Long of Raleigh; granddaughters Ann Oâ€™Brien and Susan Mitchell 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, Va.
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 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the Punxsutawney Presbyterian Church.
The Daughters of the American Revolution will hold a service at 1:30 p.m., and the Order of Eastern Star will hold a service at 1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the church.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 10, 2012, at the church with Pastor Brett Swanson and George â€śButchâ€ť White officiating.
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 donorâ€™s choice.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Richard L. Fait Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.
Online condolences may be made at faitfuneralhome.com.