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Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

OBITUARY

Dolores "Delo" Maria Whitten Long

May 7, 1938October 2, 2019
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Dolores Maria Whitten Long (Delo, “Mom” “Gammy”) peacefully entered into the nearer presence of her Savior Wednesday morning October 2, 2019, at home with her spouse of 60 years Paul R. “Buck” Long at her side.

Delo was born May 7, 1938 to the late Lloyd Walter and Josephine Dickerson Whitten in Lynchburg Virginia. She was educated at Southern Seminary and graduated from what was then Madison College where she fell in love with Buck and all of her lifetime Harrisonburg friends of which there were dozens made through her 35 years as a teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, her years in the Harrisonburg Junior Women’s Club, with her Gourmet Club and her bridge club.

Although teaching was her passion—and she received the Rockingham County Teaching Excellence award as well as being inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers—her family was her real love and drive to which she devoted so much time and energy.

She is survived by her son, Stephen P. Long, MD of Richmond (and his wife, Georganne W. Long, MD) and her daughter, Laura E. Long of Richmond.

Her three grandchildren and two grandchildren-in-law brought her sheer joy. Grandson Whit (wife Emily) brought her joy as a student athlete at Hampden-Sydney College, and now as a budding lawyer. Middle grandchild Mary Virginia Wells Long Ballantyne (husband Jonathon) brought her even more smiles also as a student athlete, teacher and now law student at Wake Forest University. Gammy was so proud to see her two oldest grandchildren married this past summer. Her youngest granddaughter Margaret Katherine Long had a special place in her heart as the most comical, entertaining and unpredictable child of the three. Gammy was so proud to be able to attend her graduation from University of Virginia last year and was eagerly anticipating her world travels over the next year!

The family will receive friends on Friday night October 4, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg from 6 to 8 pm.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lindsey Funeral Home on Saturday, October 5, at 11 am with Dr. Thomas Smith officiating. Private burial will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens earlier in the day.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Delo and because of her love of teaching and reading, the family requests that contributions be made to the Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia or Bethlehem Brethren Church, c/o Dr. Thomas Smith, 178 Pleasant Hill Road, Harrisonburg ,Virginia 22801.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.

  • DONATIONS

  • Massanutten Regional Library
  • Bethlehem Brethren Church

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 5, 2019

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Private Burial

Memories

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Michael & Phyllis Wong

October 16, 2019

Steve and family, know that we are thinking of you all. We are very sorry.

Mike and Phyllis Armentrout Wong

Pat Mason

October 5, 2019

Buck, I was so sorry to learn of Delo’s passing. I always enjoyed talking with her at the Elks functions. She will be missed by so many friends and all those she influenced through her career.
Sending my sincere condolences,
Pat Mason

Sharon (Liskey) Johnson

October 4, 2019

Fond memories of this wonderful teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. My mother, June Liskey-who lived just up the street loved seeing her everyday at school. Delo loved to sneak to the kitchen and test taste for lunch. Peace and comfort to all the family.

Sharon

Camala Beam Kite

October 3, 2019

Mrs. Long was my fifth grade teacher at Pleasant Valley and definitely one of my favorites! She had high expectations, but provided the support and encouragement needed for her students to reach them. I can still remember her wonderful laugh! Years later, as I began my career as a teacher in Rockingham County, Mrs. Long sent me a sample of my fifth grade work that she had saved. After twenty-four years working for RCPS as a teacher and administrator, I still have those copies and the special note she sent me in what I call my "Smile File." What a wonderful educator and special person! She will be missed.

Michele Tracy

October 3, 2019

My heart sank when I read the news this morning. Mrs Long was my 5th grade teacher and boy was she tough...I was not amused at the time. But to this day, she has remained 1st and foremost in my precious elementary memories and all the "stuff" she taught me. I have always thought of her as a gem. I didn't realize how lucky I was to have her in my life during the elementary years. Everytime I would bump into her, she would recognize me. She never changed. She will truly be missed by her loved ones; however, please take comfort that this "student" has always had her in her thoughts and prayers and was another lucky one. God Bless

suzette mccarthy

October 3, 2019

I am sending God's grace, peace and blessings to you Laura and your Dad, brother and his family. I think your mom was simply awesome, with a presence of southern charm in everything she did. I can remember many things about her when we were young, she exuded such abounding love. She has made a "footprint" in many people's lives, creating positive blessings. She will be dearly missed, However, she is now in the heavenly kingdom of God, and with that infectious smile on her face. God bless to you all!

Sherrie Holloway

October 2, 2019

Dearest Delo was truly a remarkable woman, teacher and friend. She dearly loved all of her students and made a special connection with those in the multiple disability class at Pleasant Valley. She always spent an extra moment chatting with each one about their interests. She has left a tremendous legacy in the hearts of all of the students whose lives she touched and in each of her many teacher friends.
My prayers for her family that your precious memories of Delo bring you peace and comfort.

Biography

Dolores Maria Whitten Long (Delo, “Mom” “Gammy”) peacefully entered into the nearer presence of her Savior Wednesday morning October 2, 2019, at home with her spouse of 60 years Paul R. “Buck” Long at her side.

Delo was born May 7, 1938 to the late Lloyd Walter and Josephine Dickerson Whitten in Lynchburg Virginia. She was educated at Southern Seminary and graduated from what was then Madison College where she fell in love with Buck and all of her lifetime Harrisonburg friends of which there were dozens made through her 35 years as a teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, her years in the Harrisonburg Junior Women’s Club, with her Gourmet Club and her bridge club.

Although teaching was her passion—and she received the Rockingham County Teaching Excellence award as well as being inducted into Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers—her family was her real love and drive to which she devoted so much time and energy.

She is survived by her son, Stephen P. Long, MD of Richmond (and his wife, Georganne W. Long, MD) and her daughter, Laura E. Long of Richmond.

Her three grandchildren and two grandchildren-in-law brought her sheer joy. Grandson Whit (wife Emily) brought her joy as a student athlete at Hampden-Sydney College, and now as a budding lawyer. Middle grandchild Mary Virginia Wells Long Ballantyne (husband Jonathon) brought her even more smiles also as a student athlete, teacher and now law student at Wake Forest University. Gammy was so proud to see her two oldest grandchildren married this past summer. Her youngest granddaughter Margaret Katherine Long had a special place in her heart as the most comical, entertaining and unpredictable child of the three. Gammy was so proud to be able to attend her graduation from University of Virginia last year and was eagerly anticipating her world travels over the next year!

The family will receive friends on Friday night October 4, at Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg from 6 to 8 pm.

A Memorial Service will be held at Lindsey Funeral Home on Saturday, October 5, at 11 am with Dr. Thomas Smith officiating. Private burial will be held at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens earlier in the day.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Delo and because of her love of teaching and reading, the family requests that contributions be made to the Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia or Bethlehem Brethren Church, c/o Dr. Thomas Smith, 178 Pleasant Hill Road, Harrisonburg ,Virginia 22801.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.