Helen Gibson Long, 83, died December 6, 1995 from the effects of a stroke and a heart attack.

Helen was born June 14, 1912 in Salt Lake City to Frank MacQuarrie and Georgia Ann Reynolds Gibson. She was raised in the Capitol Hill area of the city and she always enjoyed recalling memories of that time. She graduated from East High School; however, she never attended college, her one true regret.Helen married Nathan W. Long on Valentine's Day 1932. She supported him in his career as a track coach and was definitely the woman behind his success. Many of the young athletes loved and respected her as much as they did the coach. That some of these people kept in touch after Nate died in 1981 meant a great deal to her.

Helen enjoyed listening to classical music. She liked hearing a good joke and playing a game of poker with her friends. Most of all, she loved her grandkids and great-grandkids. They meant more to her than anything else in the world and she would do anything she could for any of them. Over the years, there were lots of "kids" who knew her as Ma or Grandma.

Helen was a fiercely independent individual. She was casual in dress and manner and wanted everybody to think that she was a tough cookie, that she could handle anything, anytime, on her own ... and she usually did. People that really knew her realized that she just didn't know to ask for anything for herself. The heart and spirit of this woman will be greatly missed.

Helen had four children. Her firstborn son, MacQuarrie, died three days after his birth.

She is survived by son, Nathan (Peggy) Long; son Clifford (Florence) Long; daughter Susan Papworth; granddaughter, Deone (Brian) Williams; grandsons, Tom Papworth; Cliff Long; Eric (Sarah) Long; granddaughter Danielle (Brad) Dillon; great-grandchildren Laylah, Courtnie, Connor, Braedan; sisters Betty Doris and Mary Turner; nieces and nephews; cousins; friends from the Terrace, Hartford Street and the South High years.

Special thanks to the nurses, therapists, aides and doctors at Holy Cross, University Rehab, and Highland Care Center who cared for her during the past two months.

To honor Helen's strong wishes, there will be no viewing or funeral. Friends may visit and remember her at Larkin Mortuary, 260 East South Temple, from 12:45 to 1:45 pm, on Saturday, December 9th. Graveside services will be at the Salt Lake City Cemetery, 4th Avenue & N St., at 2 pm.

In lieu of flowers, Helen hoped people would contribute to the: Brain Injury Association of Utah, 1800 So. West Temple - Suite 203, SLC, UT 84115.

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