Dorothy Long Meyer

Dorothy Long Meyer, 101, of Grant, Nebraska, passed away Wednesday, May 30, 2018, at Linden Court in North Platte, Neb.

Dorothy was born Feb. 3, 1917, at Nebo, Illinois to Otho and Olive (Harlow) Turnbaugh. She spent her childhood on the family farm, where she developed an early fondness for walking and sewing. 

Dorothy learned about her Lord at a very young age and strived to never falter in her love and service to Him from that time.

On June 23, 1935, Dorothy married Leo Long. The couple moved to Madrid, Neb. Their union was blessed with two children, Beverly and Dale. 

While in Madrid, Dorothy worked at both the school and Gaugers Market. Following Leo’s service in WWII, the couple partnered with Marion Long to purchase the hardware store in Madrid that was owned by Ward and Ruby Bullock. 

In 1949, Leo died in an auto accident. Dorothy subsequently sold the hardware store and went to work for Security State Bank, later moving to Ogallala, Neb., to work for First National Bank.

On Jan. 11, 1964, Dorothy married Bill Meyer. Dorothy and Bill relocated to Collinsville, Illinois, where they were very active at the First Christian Church. Dorothy served as secretary/treasurer for many years and had been honored with the Woman of the Year Award by the Collinsville Ministerial Association. 

In 1998, Dorothy and Bill moved to Grant, making their home at Westview Retirement Community. Just a year after their return to Nebraska, Bill passed away. 

Since her childhood, Dorothy enjoyed taking long walks. She would typically walk at least one mile every day. One of the highlights of the year for Dorothy was taking part in the annual Firecracker 5K and 1 mile run/walk in Grant, which she did from the first event until last year at the age of 100. 

She was a marvelous cook, with a family favorite being her deviled eggs. She also loved to crochet. Among other things, Dorothy would often crochet family names, have them framed and give them as gifts for special occasions. To Dorothy, those gifts were perhaps a reminder of the connectedness of family. She certainly lived up to the meaning of her name: Gift from God.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husbands, Leo Long and Bill Meyer; son, Dale Long; granddaughter-in-law, Amy Haley Holzfaster; and infant great-granddaughter, Gretchen Holzfaster.

Survivors include her daughter, Bev (Ralph) Holzfaster of Paxton, Neb.; daughters-in-law, Judy Long and DeeEta Long; grandchildren, Tim (Deb) Holzfaster of Paxton, Patrick Holzfaster of Denver, Jon Holzfaster of Paxton, Mike Holzfaster of Ogallala, Amy Holzfaster-Schwartz of Denver, Michael (Kris) Long of Hailey, Idaho, Lisa (Brian) Wallace of Denver; great-grandchildren, Spencer (Rachel), Jordan and Taylor Holzfaster, Andy and Kelsey Wallace, Jackson, Will and Aidan Long and Leo Schwartz; along with many dear friends.

Memorials are suggested to Care Uganda. Condolences may be shared at bullocklongfuneralhome.com. 

Services were held on Monday, June 4, 2018, at the New Life Fellowship Church in Grant with Pastor John Goodell officiating. A private family interment took place at the Madrid Cemetery prior to the service.

Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant was in charge of arrangements.

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