Born in Bates County, Missouri on a farm near Pleasant Gap November 6, 1912 to James Albert and Minnie Rains Steele, the last of their three children.
She married Alvin Matthew Long in Kansas City, MO May 4, 1937. She was a defense worker during World War II and the Korean War, testing ballistic properties of solid rocket propellant.
After her marriage, she lived in Appleton City, MO, Mapleton, KS, Lawrence, KS, Radford, VA, and Salt Lake City. She did volunteer work for many years at the Crossroads Urban Center in Salt Lake.
She loved to fish and always caught the most and the biggest. She was an avid gardener along with her husband, Al. They raised and sold tomato plants for many years. She would say, "You may find dust in my house, but you won't find a weed in my yard!"
Survived by her husband, Alvin; sister, Hazel Wafel, Montrose, MO; children, James Alvin Long (Maxine), SLC, UT, Richard Lee Long (Kay), Oxnard, CA; grandchildren, Matt Long, Nanci Wissler, Patty Carmona, Jay Long; and great-grandchildren, Crystal Wissler, Ericka Wissler, Hun-ter Long, Emily Carmona. Preceded in death by a brother, William Major Steele, Los Angeles, CA.
Graveside services will be Tues. Sept 2, 2003, 2 p.m. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, 3401 Highland Dr. Friends may call one hour prior to the service at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.