Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Funeral service for Connie Long, 61, of Enid, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, at First Baptist Church, with Rev. Keith Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Brown-Cummings Funeral Home. Family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. tonight at Brown-Cummings Funeral Home.
Connie passed away peacefully while sleeping on Saturday, March 2, 2013, after a brief and courageous battle with a heart condition.
Connie was born in Hobbs, N.M., on May 26, 1951, to Robert and Bonnie Cottle.
Her dad worked for Phillips Petroleum Co., meaning the family moved from oil camp to oil camp throughout New Mexico and Texas, before coming to Bradley, Okla., where she started the first grade. There, Connie was chosen Carnival Queen, along with her brother as Carnival King. And so began her lifelong affection for all things glamorous!
The family moved to Carter Nine, an oil camp near the tiny town of Shidler, Okla., when Connie was in the third grade. She lived there until graduating from high school, and was awarded a Phillips College Scholarship. She began her college career at Oklahoma State, before moving on to Tonkawa, and finally settling at Central State University in Edmond, Okla.
There, she was a member of Tri Sigma Sorority and met the love of her life, Robert Wynn Long. They married in Enid, Okla., on May 24, 1974.
She first worked as a secretary at the Speech and Hearing Clinic at the State School for the Handicapped. During this time, she involved these kids in the lives of her family.
When her children started school, Connie became a homemaker and provided childcare in her home. She kept this occupation until both her children had graduated from high school and left the home.
She began work at Greenbrier Assisted Living for a period, and had been at Enid Dialysis Center for the past 12 years.
Connie was truly an amazing woman. There are few who can mix tough and tender qualities, an unshakeable faith in God, and genuine love and care for family and friends like she did. Her life will be remembered for the effortless way she kept her family together and bonded. No matter where or when, she kept family and traditions intact.
Those who she left behind are heartbroken, yet encouraged by this spirit and tireless effort, and comforted by the knowledge of her new and glamorous eternal life in Heaven.
They include her mom, Bonnie; brothers, Russell, Rick, and Randy Cottle and their spouses, Metha, Linda and Clarissa; many nephews and nieces and families; husband, Bob; daughter, Ashlee Walker, and son, Brandon Long, their spouses Bryan and Heather, and her grandchildren, Logan, Landon, Lane, Lauryn, Evan, and Dylan.
She was preceded in death by her dad, Robert Eugene Cottle.
Connie would love lots and lots of flowers, or a donation made in her honor to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital with Brown-Cummings serving as custodian of the funds. Condolences may be given online at Brown-Cummings.com.
(Submitted by family)