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Lucille Long - February 21, 2013


Lucille Long was born on Oct. 9, 1934 in Curtis, Neb. She was the fifth of six children born to Clare and Lavada White Shirley. The Shirley family moved to Madrid, Neb. when Lucille was three years old. She attended school in Madrid and graduated from Madrid High School in 1953. After graduation Lucille moved to Denver with several of her girlfriends and worked for the Samsonite Company.
After a train ride to Sacramento, Calif. Lucille was married to Charles Kenneth Long on Dec. 27, 1954. Kenneth had made a career in the service and they lived on Travis Air Force Base in Vacaville, Calif. In 1964 they were transferred to Hill Air Force Base near Ogden, Utah. Kenny retired from the air force in 1967 and the family moved to Grant, Neb. where Lucille lived the rest of her life.
Lucille worked for 20 years as a bank teller for Jackman’s Farmers National Bank. She continued to maintain her home in Grant after Kenny died in 1994.
She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2002 but with great determination was able to live at her home until 2005 when she moved to the Golden Ours Convalescent Home in Grant. She had been transferred to the Perkins County Community Hospital early Sunday morning, Feb. 17, 2013 where she died. She had reached the age of 78.
Lucille was a member of the Grant United Methodist Church. She had a strong passion for music and sang in the church choir along with various smaller groups.
Lucille had the gift of being a “handyman” and enjoyed refurbishing old furniture and other items. She loved being outside and enjoyed her garden and flowers. While her health permitted she was an avid golfer and had the distinction of making a hole-in-one during her career.
Her greatest joy was being able to watch her two grandsons grow up and follow their activities.
In addition to her parents and husband, Lucille was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Martin.
She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Jones (Leon Pankonin) of rural Grant; her two grandsons, Ben and Max Jones; two sisters, Devona Allen of Grant and Norma Jean and husband Tom Summers of Fallbrook, Calif.; two brothers, Whitey Shirley of rural Grant and Gordon and wife Olivia Shirley of Tustin, Calif.; many other relatives and friends.
Cremation was chosen. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial of cremains will occur in the Madrid Cemetery at a later date.
A memorial has been established. Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.