Leppert Mortuaries - Nora

740 East 86Th St, Indianapolis, IN


Martha "Marty" Dunning Long

November 27, 1946August 23, 2019

Martha "Marty" Dunning Long,

After a 26 year fight with Parkinson’s, Marty died peacefully Friday, August 23, 2019 at home in Indianapolis, IN. She was a loving wife, extraordinary mother, entertaining Nana, true friend and remarkable educator. Marty was born November 27, 1946 in Decatur, Illinois to Roy and Jane (Gullet) Dunning. She spent most of her childhood in Decatur; attended MacArthur High School. On June 12, 1971, she married John Long, former Washington, D.C., Indianapolis and Cincinnati Television Executive. She met John in college at DePauw University where she received a BA in Education.

In 1983, with close friend Jodi Thurmond, Marty co-founded the Circle School in Darnestown, Maryland; a Pre-School which evolved into a prestigious private grade school. Over the next 18 years, Marty devoted her working life developing and managing Pre-Schools in Maryland, Indianapolis, IN and Washington, D.C. In addition to the Circle School in Maryland, she served as Executive Director in Indianapolis at 2nd Presbyterian Church Children’s Circle Pre-School and Executive Director of Chevy Chase Baptist Church Pre-School (CCBC), a nationally renowned school in Chevy Chase, Maryland (D.C.). She was recognized as a gifted educator who truly understood the needs of young children. She touched the hearts and minds of thousands of young people.

Marty is survived by her husband of 48 years, John; sons Chris and his wife Sarina of Minneapolis, MN, Ryan and his wife Brandi of Stafford, VA, Justin and his wife Jessie of New York, NY and Rob and his wife Anna of Indianapolis, IN; brother Jay and his wife Debbie; Brother-in-law Tom Long and his wife Pat; Sister-in-law Diane Rose and her husband Richard; nieces Carey Long, Trish Long, Katie Long, Julie Dunning, Susan Neukirch, Emily Rose and Meghan Stowers; and nephew Tommy Long. Marty has 8 fascinating grandkids: Lucas, Kendra, Andrew, Camilla, Frankie, Evelyn, Maizie and Hugo; all members of the Long family.

A special thanks to: Marcia Wilson, Rock Steady Boxing and the staff at St. Vincent Hospice, Indianapolis; especially Ericka and Cerise.

There will be a private service for family only at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to: Rock Steady Boxing for Parkinson’s 7440 N. Shadeland Ave. Suite 202 Indianapolis, IN 46250


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Martha "Marty" Dunning Long

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Chris Long

August 28, 2019

There was originally a poem my mother wrote attached to this that I think anyone visiting this page will like to see...


When I don't come here anymore with a folding chair and a good book

The pelicans will still fly over in tight formation

And the dolphins will still amuse

And footprints will be taken by the tide

If God is as kind as I think He is

Perhaps I will arrive in Heaven with a little sand in my shoes

-Marty Long

Diane Meyer Simon

August 27, 2019

Marty was a magnificent woman whose memory will endure forever in the lives of many people who were enriched by knowing her or being educated by one of her many pre-schools. She was the mother of a spectacular family and the wife of a special man. Marty will long remain.

You have my deepest sympathy.

Diane Meyer Simon

Mitchell Yanoff

August 27, 2019

Had the pleasure of meeting Marty and John when their oldest son, Chris, decided to play ice hockey. I was Chris’ coach for many years and got to know Marty and her gang quite well. Always upbeat, positive and generous. Home made cookies and laughter were a constant. I’m grateful to the Long Family for years of love and respect. My thoughts and prayers are with the Long Family and Marty’s life should be a life to be celebrated.

Mitch Yanoff and Family.