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Lindsey Funeral Homes

473 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA

OBITUARY

Laura Elizabeth Long

November 22, 1961January 26, 2020
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Laura Elizabeth Long, 58, of Richmond, Virginia died peacefully in her sleep at home on January 26, 2020.

Laura was the devoted daughter of Paul R. Long of Harrisonburg and the late Dolores Whitten Long. She was born November 22, 1961 in Harrisonburg.

Parents could never have dreamed or wished for a more loving and selfless child and Laura was there for them at all times for 58 years. She was the beloved sister of Stephen P. Long (Georganne) of Richmond and kept him on his toes, laughing at and with him and keeping him honest for her whole life! She leaves behind her nephew, Harrison Whitten Long (Emily Charles Virginia Keck) and two nieces, Mary Virginia Long Ballantyne (Jonathon) and Margaret Katherine Long.

Laura adored these three and rarely failed to mention how proud she was of their accomplishments. Everything she had, she gave to them and she loved them unconditionally as if they were her own children. She could never have loved any human more than these three.

Laura was a graduate of Turner Ashby High School and attended Shenandoah University and Old Dominion University. Laura was a long time employee of Henrico County in the Real Property Department where she was a Paralegal and Property Agent. She considered her co-workers a de facto family. Besides her family, Laura’s additional passion was her other “children”, her dogs. She loved anything furry, and as early as age 6 she would bring home and adopt stray animals and vest her time, money and love in them. Laura never met a stranger, never failed to make people smile (sorry laugh hysterically) and never met or had an enemy. Rejoice in Heaven, Laura with Gammy and know that we will one day be together again as Resurrection people.

There will be no visitation, but friends may call at the funeral home to view and sign the book.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel, 473 Main Street Harrisonburg, VA at 1:00 pm with Dr. Thomas Smith officiating. Private burial will be held earlier in the day.

Contributions in Laura’s memory can be made to Richmond SPCA Central Virginia Humane Society, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220 or Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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

  • DONATIONS

  • Richmond SPCA Central Virginia Humane Society
  • Massanutten Regional Library

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 1, 2020

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Kathy Koch

February 9, 2020

Buck, Steve and family - I cannot tell you how sorry I am see the news about Laura. Mom shared with me the card Buck left at the house. We are both so surprised and Mom is so very sorry she missed Buck's visit. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Frank & Liza Becker

February 8, 2020

Laura was a friend and neighbor for nearly twenty years. She was always so cheerful and loved connecting with our kids whenever we were outside riding bikes in the cul-de-sac or on snow days. She loved decorating for the holidays. Her house was one of the kid’s favorites to visit on Halloween. She certainly was an animal lover and would often care for our next-door neighbor’s dogs when they were away from home.

Laura was an extremely kind person and gentle soul. We will miss her. May God bless her and all of her loving family.

Frank and Liza Becker

Mildred LeBraneHolmes

February 4, 2020

Prayers are with your family. We were VDOT and Henrico friends and consignment shop buddies. We were the same size and would fuss over our findings. I retired and did not hear about this until today. So so sorry.

Mary Creasey

February 3, 2020

My deep felt condolences are extended to Laura's family and friends. We were record room friends back in the day and she always lit up the room with her great smile! I had just spoken with her 2 weeks ago and reminisced about old times. She was courageous and generous with her time and Spirit. I once read a sympathy card that said, "this Soul has been set free to travel further" - be free my friend, thank you for all your kindness, you will be sorely missed.

Wendy Stoudt

February 2, 2020

Uncle Buck, Steve, Georganne, Whitten, Mary Virginia, and Margaret - I am so sorry for your loss. When I think of Laura I remember the love and happiness she exuded, but I also think of the pictures of her as the flower girl in my parents' wedding. She will always have a special place in their hearts and I'm sure my mom was one of the first people to welcome her in Heaven.

Lisa Eggleston

February 1, 2020

I attended Bethlehem Brethren Church with Laura and her family. Prayers to the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Jeanette Kukla

February 1, 2020

Prayers are with Laura's father, brother, nieces and nephew, along with all her family and many friends. I am still in disbelief, wanting to pick up the phone and call her. A couple of my favorite memories of Laura are going to Cracker Barrel for lunch on Sundays because she loved their fried chicken and she actually liked if the line was long! She loved the shop, and always found some treasure she had to have - often buying bulls-eyes for someone who likes them, and going for lunch, while at VDOT, to Shoney's buffet, where I was look-out while she would sneak a chicken breast in a baggie (she ALWAYS had baggies in her purse :) for dinner. Mostly, I remember her smile and especially her laugh. She had a wonderful sense of humor and deeply loved her family. I will miss her so much, but know she is with her mom, flying with the angels. Rest easy, dear, sweet Laura...

suzette mccarthy

January 31, 2020

Not enough words to say about Laura. SHe was one of my best friends and will be missed forever and always. She is truly one of a kind!! Great friends hold special memories that warms a persons heart. GOD's grace is with her and her family. Many blessings to all.

Greg Moats

January 31, 2020

So sorry to hear of Laura's passing. We shared many great times together in Harrisonburg and I will always remember those dimples and her contagious giggle. Please find comfort in God during this difficult time.

Patricia Mills

January 31, 2020

I worked with Laura at Real Property where we shared many laughs, stories and common interests. It is shocking when someone so full of life passes too early. My condolences to her family and her beloved furry children.

Biography

Laura Elizabeth Long, 58, of Richmond, Virginia died peacefully in her sleep at home on January 26, 2020.

Laura was the devoted daughter of Paul R. Long of Harrisonburg and the late Dolores Whitten Long. She was born November 22, 1961 in Harrisonburg.

Parents could never have dreamed or wished for a more loving and selfless child and Laura was there for them at all times for 58 years. She was the beloved sister of Stephen P. Long (Georganne) of Richmond and kept him on his toes, laughing at and with him and keeping him honest for her whole life! She leaves behind her nephew, Harrison Whitten Long (Emily Charles Virginia Keck) and two nieces, Mary Virginia Long Ballantyne (Jonathon) and Margaret Katherine Long.

Laura adored these three and rarely failed to mention how proud she was of their accomplishments. Everything she had, she gave to them and she loved them unconditionally as if they were her own children. She could never have loved any human more than these three.

Laura was a graduate of Turner Ashby High School and attended Shenandoah University and Old Dominion University. Laura was a long time employee of Henrico County in the Real Property Department where she was a Paralegal and Property Agent. She considered her co-workers a de facto family. Besides her family, Laura’s additional passion was her other “children”, her dogs. She loved anything furry, and as early as age 6 she would bring home and adopt stray animals and vest her time, money and love in them. Laura never met a stranger, never failed to make people smile (sorry laugh hysterically) and never met or had an enemy. Rejoice in Heaven, Laura with Gammy and know that we will one day be together again as Resurrection people.

There will be no visitation, but friends may call at the funeral home to view and sign the book.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday February 1, 2020 at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel, 473 Main Street Harrisonburg, VA at 1:00 pm with Dr. Thomas Smith officiating. Private burial will be held earlier in the day.

Contributions in Laura’s memory can be made to Richmond SPCA Central Virginia Humane Society, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220 or Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

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