Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. tonight at Henry-Olson Funeral Chapel.
Interment will take place at Armstrong Grove Cemetery of Armstrong.
Mary passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2008, at Longhouse Resident Home of Spencer.
Mary A. Long, daughter of Richard and Johanna (Beck) Metz, was born Sept.17, 1916, in Swea City. Her childhood years were spent in the Ringsted area where she attended school and graduated from the Ringsted High School in 1934. In April 1936 Mary was united in marriage to Floyd Long. Mary and her family lived and farmed in the northwest Iowa and southern Minnesota area for several years. Mary also modeled shoes, was a live-in cook, raised and prepared chickens and their eggs for sale, baked pies for Dairy Delight and was employed for over 30 years as a housekeeper by a few beloved families in Estherville until her retirement in 1993. In 2002 Mary moved to Spencer, Iowa and resided at Riverview Assisted Living / St.Luke's Nursing Home and the Longhouse Resident Home.
Mary was a member of the United Methodist Church in Estherville.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Jim and Robert Metz; and one sister, Agnes Wilson and her husband, Ralph.
Mary is survived by her children: Dan Long and his wife, Linda of Harlingen, Texas, Margie Pitts and her husband, Chuck of Spencer, Bonnie Howard and her husband, Glenn of Dolliver, and Tim Long of Dodge City, Kansas; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; one sister, Edna Foth of Bancroft; and one sister-in-law, Dorothy Dirksen and husband, Taylor of Estherville.