Marie H. Long, 79, unexpectedly passed away Friday, February 15, 2019, at the family home in the Putnam community of northern Moore County.  She was the wife of Raymond (Ray) Long whom she married in 1959. She is survived by her beloved husband, their daughters, Debbie of Boise, ID, Toni (Patrick) of Banner Elk, NC, and Angela of Banner Elk, NC, and son, Roger (Alise), and grandchildren, Calista and Bodewyn, of Heytheusen, The Netherlands.  She is also survived by her sisters, Karen Corpstein of New Albany, MS, and Diane Koppleman of Meade, KS and many cousins. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, J. Harry Hermon and Lois Scott Hermon.

Marie was born (March 4, 1939) and raised in Ness City, a small town in western Kansas.  She attended the Sacred Heart parochial elementary school; during one of those early years, she spent many months bedridden with rheumatic fever.  She attended and graduated from Ness City High School in 1957, where she was salutatorian of her class.

She attended the University of Kansas for two years before transferring to Kansas State University after marrying Ray. She worked as a part-time secretary in the Chemistry Department while completing her 4-year degree, graduating from KSU in 1961 with a B.A. in English.

Marie then spent a year working toward a graduate degree in English Literature before moving to the University of Illinois with her young family in 1962. At U of I, she completed a Master of Library Science. In 1966, she and the family moved to Raleigh, NC, where she relished her role as a full-time wife and mother. She entered the workforce in 1979, beginning a career in meeting and conference planning. Later, she established her own company specializing in meeting planning for various scientific associations and groups. She retired in 2003 and she and Ray moved to a small farm in Moore County where she especially enjoyed working with flowering plants and shrubs. She was thrilled to learn that she was a country girl at heart. As an accomplished gardener, Marie thoroughly enjoyed rural living until her sudden and unexpected passing.

She was a loving sister, wife, mother and grandmother who very much enjoyed her family, traveling the world and gardening. Marie will be greatly missed by her family and her friends in the Putnam Community.

A Memorial Service and Celebration will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the San Juan Diego Mission Church in Robbins, NC, on March 4, 2019.  Lunch and visitation with the family will follow in the church hall.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marie Long Student Scholarship Endowment (M47247) in the College of Arts and Sciences, in care of Kansas State University Foundation, 1800 Kimball Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan, KS 66502-3373,please indicate fund number M47247. To make a gift online, go to: (click on ‘Specify a Designation’ and choose Marie Long’s name in the dropdown).

Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is serving the Long family.

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  1. I’m sorry for your loss, pain and suffering. Whenever we lose a loved one in death we feel a sting and a void in our hearts, as if someone ripped part of our heart out. The pain seems like it will never go away. It will with time, or it will at least ease

  2. At times like these we need the most comfort. The Bible informs us who provides the best comfort found in 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 ‘Praised be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort,who comforts us

  3. Dear Ray, Debbie, Toni & Patrick, Angela and Roger & Alise,
    We are very sorry to learn that Marie passed away last week. We are very grateful for the warm welcomes she, together with you all, gave us when we visited you in the States.-  We will never

  4. Dear Ray,
    We are saddened to hear Marie passing away. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Please accept our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy for your family’s loss.

  5. Please accept my deepest condolences. Losing some we love is never easy. It is truly heartbreaking. May God’s promises at Psalm 147:3 comfort you. … ‘He heals the brokenhearted; He binds up their wounds’. My sincere condolences to the entire- family.

  6. Marie was such a friendly, professional woman in the meetings industry.-  She helped mentor me on the MPI Carolinas Chapter Board and I’ll always appreciate her honesty and willingness to go beyond the call of duty in service to our members.-  She was gra

  7. Marie was a big part of my life.-  My sincere condolences go out to her family.-  She will be missed .-  I will always remember her with a smile on her face.

  8. An A GARDEN PATH was sent on March 1, 2019

    Our prayers are with all of you! We are so sorry for your loss. It was heavens gain.
    We love you!
    Dave and Marsha, Anna and Dustin, Jamie and Shannon, Sherry.

  9. A FUNERAL BASKET was sent on March 1, 2019

    Angela I am so sorry for your loss- please accept my deepest sympathies. Love, prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. From Laura Herrick

  10. Marie was genuine in every aspect of friendship, kindness, intelligence and accountability. My deepest sympathy is with Ray and their family.-  I wish I could honor her and her family by being present at the church service.
    With prayerful thoughts fo

  11. Marie was a very sweet and friendly neighbor. We are going to miss her. Ray, and Family, you have our deepest sympathy. We will continue to remember you in prayer that our LORD will give you HIS peace and comfort.

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