Condolence & Memory Journal

Always remembered living in Donnellson and playing Bridge with Florence and Glenwood. Some people always remain in the heart.

Posted by Jeanne Mott - Baltimore, MD - Friend   September 01, 2016

Mrs. Long was my first teacher--I was in kindergarden with Miriam. I don't think one ever forgets their first teacher but she was very special. I am so glad that I had her for a role model in my early years. She also was my first piano teacher--I can still see us setting at that piano--and remember the fresh newness of my first Schaum book. I remember the fun youth group parties in the basement. She was the choir director when I was at St Paul's in Donnellson. So many many good--no they are great memories. And then, she was there at Central when our Diane and Matt attended there, she was Bekki's teacher and maybe Ben's also. What a comfort to know--really know who is teaching your children. I am so thankful for her and her family's influence in our lives. She set a high goal for us to try to follow in rearing and leading the upcoming generations. I have been very blest to have known her. My sympathy to the family but also a reminder to cherish all she has been and all she has done for so many!! Prayers for comfort. Joyce Boyer Harness

Posted by Joyce Boyer Harness - Columbia, TN - student   May 11, 2015


Our thoughts and prayers are with the Long family at this sad time. Mrs. Long lived her life abundantly and will be remembered as a person who generously loved her family and who served her community with spirit, dedication, and grace. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Gretchen K Bush - Morrison, IL   May 10, 2015

For many years, Florence and I served on Iowa Grand Chapter's Educational Board, awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to aspiring clergy. She was a dedicated member and I enjoyed her contributions a great deal. May the Lord give you peace as you remember your loved one with warm memories.

Posted by Steve Palmquist - Lakeville, MN - O.E.S. Friend   April 30, 2015

When Asa was in 6th Grade at Central, Florence Long, with the true command and elegance of a life-long leader in her community, was the wonderful lady who gave her the certificate for her essay in Donnellson. It was an inspiring moment for us all. Thank you for the good that you have done, Florence Long. We are thinking of your family with love.
Sincerely, May Crowe, Joan Crowe, Asa Crowe, and Andrew Witter

Posted by Joan Crowe - Donnellson, IA - friend   April 28, 2015

Dear Michele and The Long Family,
My recollections of Florence goes back to 1979-80 as she retired from being the Iowa ALA Department President, and I was going in as Fourth district auxiliary president. She set the bar high and for being among the greatest of the Iowa ALA Presidents - her gentle, innovative teaching style, her poise, communication, her dedication to the Auxiliary, its protocol and leadership skills were and will long be remembered by those who followed her. I was fortunate to be a social counselor with her at Girls State in the mid-1980's and learning from her was the best! She was a blessing and we are grateful to have known her. Florence and Glenwood would always know you and greet you at all the many midwinter conferences and conventions they consistently attended - they were the sweetest couple. Whenever I'd hear of "Donnellson" or travel near there, I'd fondly think of them and will continue to do so. May they rest in peace.
Our sympathy, Alma & Pete Meyer, Amy Meyer Thuente

Posted by Alma Meyer - Calmar, IA - auxiliary friend   April 27, 2015

Sending our sympathy in your time of sorrow. Florence and Glenwood served our communities in numerous ways with their many skills and talents. They made our lives better. Peace be with you, Bonnie & Russ Randolph

Posted by Bonnie Randolph - Donnellson, IA - Friend   April 24, 2015

Dear Miriam,
We send our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family. Your parents were always the most pleasant people and so supportive of The Wooden Pig. We loved seeing them every week and all of our 'kids' enjoyed waiting on them. We missed them after we closed. May they rest in peace.
Angie & Tim Budnik

Posted by Angie Budnik - Donnellson, IA - Friend   April 24, 2015

As another Past Grand Electa, she shared "love one another" in her life. Our sympathy is with her family.

Posted by Joan Jones - Bettendorf, IA - Past Grand Electa 2014   April 24, 2015

Sending our sincerest condolences on the passing of Florence. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Harold McBroom Unit 635 of the ALA - Laurel, IA - Auxiliary member   April 24, 2015

My sympathy I extend to the family. Now she and Glenwood are together again, both in the loving arms of Our Savior. My you find peace and comfort in that.

Posted by Elsie Roth - Fort Madison, IA   April 23, 2015

We had the pleasure of knowing Florence through Eastern Star. She was a true lady and her service on the Educational Board was greatly appreciated. She always greeted us with a smile and kind word. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Posted by Nancy and Larry Niday - Knoxville, IA - Eastern Star friend   April 23, 2015

Florence made an impression on me the very first time I met her. She was an inspiration and mentor. Florence will be greatly missed. She reminded me of my mother in many ways. The Long family is in my prayers - especially Michele. RIP Florence.

Posted by Mary Bryan - Swisher, IA - American Legion Auxiliary friend   April 23, 2015

Growing up just down the bock from Florence an Glenwood was the best. With Mike and Miriam being the big kids to look up to and to try to follow around was always fun. Halloween was always a sure stop while trick er treating at the Longs they always had great treats.Oh by the the way did I mention Florence was my kindergarten teacher and a class mate of my farther ,so you can say that our family has a lot fond memories Florence and she will missed dearly.

Posted by Dave Lowenberg - Donnellson, IA - TOWN KID   April 22, 2015


We are sending thoughts and prayers to your family Michele. Your grandma was a one of kind lady. Loved her smile! I will never forget riding on a bike with her at National. She could not walk that far and told me to get on with her so we could catch up! She was my mom's Department President also! She will be missed by all who knew her. Love and hugs Sista!

Posted by Lin and Don Rasmussen, Ivalou Huling - Britt, IA - Friends   April 22, 2015

Florence was a great lady, always with a smile on her face and a positive note in her voice. She was my Girls State counselor many,many years ago and started my love of that great program. The Auxiliary will miss her knowledge and wisdom but we know she's in a better place. Her family will miss her love and comforting ways. The world lost a great lady but heaven gained another angel. Take care Long family, especially granddaughter Michele. Our prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Wendy Riggle - La Porte City, IA - Friend   April 22, 2015

Florence was a great lady and we will miss her guidance. You have my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Cindy Meyer - Edgewood, IA - ALA Dept VA&R Chairman   April 22, 2015


The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Oklahoma sends the condolences to the family of Florence Long. We are so sorry for your loss.
Brenda Harvey Champlain of The Department of Oklahoma

Posted by Brenda Harvey - Muskogee, OK - American Legion Auxiliary sister   April 22, 2015

Florence was a great mentor to me. She was always gave good sound advice. She was very knowledgeable & in a very kind way let you know the proper way to do something. She will be missed in the Auxiliary & I'm sure in Eastern Star. We know that she is with very beloved husband, Glenwood. May God Bless the family and you will be in my prayers.

Posted by Linda Sue Mullen - Keokuk, IA - Friend - ALA   April 22, 2015

In 2007-2008 I served as 9th District President of the American Legion Auxiliary the same year that Florence's Granddaughter, Michelle, served as her district's president, so got to know Florence a little better after that, but I had known her even before that as our past Dept. President. She was such a wonderful, kind lady, and a great supporter of the American Legion Auxiliary. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to Florence's family and especially Michelle for your loss.

Posted by Pam Clark - Moville, IA - friend   April 22, 2015

Florence was a beautiful, intelligent, loving and caring woman who did so much for so many. I looked up to her nearly my entire American Legion Auxiliary life. She was so "pressed" and lovely every time I saw her. She raised a great family and I know they will miss her dearly. Be strong Long Family - she is in a better place. We will miss you Florence as we do our best to make your proud.

Love and hugs,

Tammy Wright

Posted by Tammy Wright - Swisher, IA - admirer and friend   April 22, 2015


Florence was a classy lady! Meeting Florence and Glenwood through Eastern Star was a such a special time in my life. As I prepared to assume the state leadership of Eastern Star in 2001 it was my pleasure to ask Florence to serve as Grand Electa. The "Sunbeams", as we were known at that time, were an awesome group of sisters and brothers.

Know in my heart that Florence has joined Glenwood in heaven and are now free from the health shackles of this world. Our lives have been blessed just by knowing them.

Posted by Mary Sue Van Ryswyk - Carlisle, IA - special friend from Eastern Star   April 22, 2015

Your mother was a wonderful lady always willing to go the extra mile in her teaching and building friendships. May the Lord give you peace and comfort during this time.

Posted by Ann Burns - Farmington - student patent   April 22, 2015

Mrs. Long was my kindergarten teacher in Donnellson in the 70s. She took care of me and taught me a lot of important things at the beginning of my education. A few years ago I had the privilege of paying her back by being her nurse at River Hills. Even 35 years later she was that same sweet woman and I will never forget my first teacher!!!

Posted by Kim (Klesner) Cook - West Point, IA - past student   April 22, 2015

When I heard of Florence's death, so many warm and, yes, sometimes funny memories rushed into my mind. These memories came from the American Legion Auxiliary, its Department of Iowa, Iowa's First District, and of course Iowa Girls State.

What I saw through the years that Florence and I were both involved with the ALA -- what I saw in all the speeches she gave, in her amusing stories when she visited the staff lounge at Girls State, and in all the conversations she and I had about our families, or education, or the task at hand, was Florence's dedication to others, and her commitment to the duties she had accepted in whatever position she held right then. She was a wonderful woman and accomplished much in her life. I will always remember her and her late dear Glenwood.

My thoughts and condolences go out to their family.

Posted by LuAnn Dvorak - Iowa City, IA   April 21, 2015


I am so sorry to hear of Florence's passing. I had the opportunity to serve with Florence for many years on the Iowa Girls State Staff. I have many treasured memories of Florence during that time. She was always so good to the girls there and made the program so much fun for both them and the Girls State Staff. I have no doubt she made an impact on both the lives of the children and families she worked with as a teacher along with making a difference every summer for the young ladies at Girls State. We will miss her!!!

Posted by Meribeth Haynes - Urbandale, IA - Family Friend   April 21, 2015