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Mrs. Margaret Etta Long

February 8, 1931May 18, 2020
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Margaret Etta Long, 89, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Margaret was born on February 8, 1931 in Franklinton, North Carolina.

Margaret was a vibrant and outgoing woman. She looked forward to planting her summer flowers, kept an impeccable house, home cooked meals and desserts were served with ease and enjoyed by many around her table. She was very social and especially loved visiting with her family and friends. Her favorite hobby was shopping- taking great delight in buying for others as much as for herself.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Pamela J. Burton (John Burton) and son, John C. Long (Lois Long). She will also be missed by her grandchildren, Joel M. Burton (Heather Burton), Erin Burton Nail (Jared Nail), Jason C. Long, as well as her adoring great grandchildren, Alyssa Burton, Trey Burton, Tris Burton, Ryleigh Nail, Marshall Nail, Maggie Long, and Taylor Schaller; and sister, Edna Nelson. Margaret is preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Cabot Excell Long; her father, Alvah T. Strother; her mother, Zella Byrd Hester; her sisters, Mary Brown, and Valeria Cobb; and her brothers, Linville Strother, and Alan Strother. Serving as pallbearers are Joel Burton (Pallbearer), Jared Nail (Pallbearer), Jason Long (Pallbearer), Daniel Harris (Pallbearer), Zach Webster (Pallbearer), Trey Burton (Honorary Pallbearer).

The family will receive guests on Friday, May 29, 2020 at 10:00 am for a visitation at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Boulevard, Norfolk, VA with funeral service at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment within the Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Services to be officiated by Chap Chappell, Pastor of Heritage Church, Chesapeake, VA.


  • Cabot Excell Long, Husband of 69 Years (deceased)
  • Pamela J. Burton (John Burton), Daughter
  • John C. Long (Lois Long), Son
  • Joel M. Burton (Heather Burton), Grandson
  • Erin Burton Nail (Jared Nail), Granddaughter
  • Jason C. Long, Grandson
  • Alyssa Burton, Great Granddaughter
  • Trey Burton, Great Grandson
  • Tris Burton, Great Granddaughter
  • Ryleigh Nail, Great Granddaughter
  • Marshall Nail, Great Grandson
  • Maggie Long, Great Granddaughter
  • Taylor Schaller, Great Grandson
  • Alvah T. Strother, Father (deceased)
  • Zella Byrd Hester, Mother (deceased)
  • Edna Nelson, Sister
  • Mary Brown, Sister (deceased)
  • Valeria Cobb, Sister (deceased)
  • Linville Strother, Brother (deceased)
  • Alan Strother, Brother (deceased)

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  • Joel Burton, Pallbearer
  • Jared Nail, Pallbearer
  • Jason Long, Pallbearer
  • Daniel Harris, Pallbearer
  • Zach Webster, Pallbearer
  • Trey Burton, Honorary Pallbearer


  • Visitation

    Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Funeral Service: Woodlawn Funeral Home Chapel

    Friday, May 29, 2020

  • Graveside Service Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

    Friday, May 29, 2020


Mrs. Margaret Etta Long

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Edna Nelson

May 28, 2020

I (we) always looked forward to Easter each year.
I miss my sisters, brothers, mother and Aunt Lydia. With all of these gone there are too many memories to pick out just one. I loved all of them.
May they all rest in peace. God Bless us all.

Edna Nelson

Debbie Cook

May 28, 2020

I have many fond memories of Mrs. Long. She was such a special lady. Always smiling and so sweet. She always made you feel welcome. Such a classy lady inside and out!

Peggy Hensley

May 28, 2020

I remember Margaret as a sweet lady with a smile on her face. She was always stylishly dressed, nails polished, and bright lipstick applied. At family gatherings, sweet tea would be one of her specialities. She will be missed.

Peggy Hensley
Pam's sister-in-law

Margaret Ann Huges

May 27, 2020

Mama named me Margaret after her.
I am going to miss Aunt Maggie.

Margaret Ann Hughes, Niece

Susan Corbitt

May 27, 2020

Mrs Long was quite the fashionista!
I remember her in Pam's kitchen on holidays beautifully dressed and accessorized helping prepare the meal. Her warm and welcoming smile will be missed.

Susan Corbitt
Pam’s sister-in-law

Becky Horton

May 27, 2020

Two things I always think of, besides her laugh and always being so kind to me. She bought me my first bra at the Navy Exchange when I was visiting & she saw that I was wearing the top half of a cut off slip. I was embarrassed & glad at the same time.

The 2nd fond memory was when I was pregnant with my daughter, Angel, & I didn't know it, I was visiting her again & I ate a ton of her cold home-made biscuits that tasted soooo good! I soon found out I was pregnant.

She & Cabot were so good to my Momma and I will be eternally thankful! I love them both!

Becky (Brown) Horton

Ellen Thayer

May 27, 2020

1. Her contagious smile and laugh and a soothing voice.
2. Her love for each family member and always wanting to know how each were doing.
3. Her name and beauty, I thought were that of a movie star.

Ellen (Strother) Thayer

Edith Gill

May 27, 2020

Three early memories of Margaret:

1. Her pretty face, smile and laugh.

2. Her name...I thought "Etta" was cool and exotic sounding.

3. Her letters to Daddy and Mama from "far away places." She stayed in touch by mail back in those days when Cabot was in the service. Corpus Christi...that always sounded exciting.

Edith (Strother) Gill

Al Strother

May 27, 2020

She called me quite often before her memory became a problem. Always cared about how myself and family were. Always pleasant and quite beautiful to look at. She could have been in the movies with her personality, beauty and charm. Rest in peace Aunt Maggie.
Love always, Al Strother (Nephew)

Erin Burton Nail

May 26, 2020

My Mammy, how blessed am I to have had a grandmother who loved me so much.
She loved to laugh and tease, and spend time with her family and friends. She never seemed too busy to sit down and catch up and visit whether on the phone or in person. She was quite the socialite and just always seemed happy to be with people in some way shape or form.
As a child I can always remember watching her get ready…. She’d let me sit with her while she did her makeup and pick out her clothes. Then she’d add on all of the jewelry that she was well-known for… she was so fancy, classy, and beautiful and I adored her.
Her love for her children and grandchildren was shown in so many ways, mostly though countless hours of scratching our backs, feeding our bellies, clothing us for the year, and sneaking off to her closet prior to your departure to slide some cash in your hand before you left. You’d never turn it down either because she wasn’t having it, and I don’t care how old she got, her grip was like a torture device. Through gritted teeth she’d say “Shhhh, you’re gonna take it”.
She made the best sweet tea, biscuits and chocolate syrup cake, to name just a few, and always made enough to feed a small country. My only regret is that I didn’t spend more time with her in the kitchen when I was younger and had the chance, thankfully however, my mother did. <3
The last 12 years hadn’t quite been the same as Alzheimer’s slowly took over her mind, her ability to communicate, and eventually her body. Despite the disease I still saw that little twinkle in her eye and smile on her face when she saw her loved ones. She may not have known that Ryleigh and Marshall were my children when we visited, but she sure looked at them with the same love and joy that she showered me with my whole life.
She will be missed dearly, and loved always. I’m sure her first words in heaven were “Yoo-hoo! Cabot? I’m here” <3



Margaret (Strother) Long was born in North Carolina on February 8, 1931. She lived in Franklinton, NC until the age of 10 when she was placed in the Methodist Home for Children in Ryleigh along with her two younger sisters. It was during her stay at the orphanage that she met her future husband, Cabot E. Long. He graduated the year before her and enlisted in the Navy. They were married upon her graduation and moved out west to begin their married life together which lasted for 69 years. Cabot passed away on January 26, 2020.

Margaret and Cabot moved many times over their lifetime due to military transfers. Cabot’s Navy career took them to Alameda, CA; Phoenix, AZ; Corpus Christi, TX; Norfolk, VA; Memphis, TN; Kingsville, TX; Oak Harbor, WA and retirement in Virginia Beach, VA.

Margaret enjoyed the military way of life and made many friends along the way. She kept in close touch with many of them through phone calls, letters and cards over the years. Holidays would find her sitting at a card table a month before Christmas writing personal notes to all she kept in touch with. They mailbox was always flooded with cards that she received in return for all her efforts. It gave her a lot of joy to receive news from some that she would never come in contact with again.

Margaret was very outgoing and loved her family, as well as, her friends. It was difficult at times to be uprooted from those she cared for. Easter was always a special time for Margaret and Cabot once they moved back to Virginia. The Methodist Orphanage hosted three day reunion for all that had called the orphanage their home. They looked forward to attending each year, rekindling old friendships and reminiscenced of days gone by. This was a treasured event and rarely missed by the Long family.

Margaret loved her grandchildren and all that entailed from sleepovers to shopping or just spending time with them. She had five great grandchildren who were blessed to know their Mammy and spend some time with her.

One of the things that Margaret loved the most was cooking and baking for family and friends. She enjoyed entertaining at home and it was common to have a table full of food, as well as, guests. Holiday meals were a specialty, enough for all and then some. Everything made from scratch, most of the time without recipes. She was definitely a people person and an initiator of events that brought everyone together.

Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s disease took its toll on Margaret. What a cruel disease for anyone to endure especially a vivacious, fun-loving woman. Margaret eventually forgot how to cook and keep in touch with friends. Speech became more difficult with time, however, she continued to reach out and pat people, hug them, smile, even would wink on occasion. Margaret lived a long and full life, loved by all of her family and friends. Margaret went home on May 18 and is now content in the arms of Jesus and her loving husband, Cabot.

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