FRANKLIN — Betty Jean Long, 91, of Franklin died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at Arbor Care Center in Franklin.
A celebration of life service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church in Franklin with the Rev. Loren Cooper officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery near Franklin.
Hutchins Funeral Home in Franklin is in charge of arrangements.
The family is inviting everyone to a reception afterward at Grace Lutheran Church.
She was born in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 22, 1927, to Elmer and Marie Hollobaugh. Her father was a stone mason requiring them to move often into the states of Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama and Ohio.
As the oldest of seven children, she became the caretaker of her six siblings, Pearl “Pat,” Sarah, Jackie, Renie, Tide Quiet “TQ,” and Martha.
It was on a dance floor in Mobile, Ala., where a young man from Nebraska wearing his U.S. Navy uniform cut in on her partner. That dance lasted for 70 years and the raising of four children. They moved back to Franklin in 1949 so Keith could help his father run Long’s Café. She lost her Southern accent but never her Southern roots.
Betty assisted with Sunday school classes, was a Cub Scout den mother and a member of the Grace Lutheran Church and Circle. Betty surrounded herself with family, friends and especially young people and children her entire life. She always looked forward to camping with friends and family.
The door to her home was always open to everyone anytime, day or night. They would be greeted with a big smile, a cooked meal and a place to sleep, if need be. She was was the last one to clean up and turn the lights off in her house and often said with great affection and a small laugh, “when I’m gone, I’ll turn the lights off in Franklin,” a town with people she dearly loved.
Betty is survived by her children, Martha Reppert (Tom) of Crofton Md., Keith “Buster” Long Jr. (Jan) of McPherson, Kan., Elmer “Tom” Long of Franklin and Kenny Joe Long (Lona) of Kearney; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; and multiple nieces and nephews from the Long, Meyer and Hollobaugh families.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith Long; two brothers; and two sisters.
The family has requested memorials to the Franklin Grace Lutheran Church or Franklin Senior Citizen Center Meals-on-Wheels.