Funeral Services for Betty Long, 92 year old Buffalo resident who passed away Tuesday at the Johnson County Health Care Center, will be held Saturday, March 4th at 1:00 from the Harness Funeral Home Chapel in Buffalo with Pastor Paul Gilbert officiating. Visitation will be on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Interment will be in the Willow Grove Cemetery with graveside services to follow the funeral. Donations in Mrs. Long’s memory may be made to the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Harness Funeral Home at 351 N. Adams in Buffalo. Online condolences may be made at www.harnessfuneralhome.com Full obituary to follow.
Betty Elaine Long was born November 23, 1924, in Buffalo, Wyoming, to Cleo M. Slifer and Annis Ross Slifer. She attended school in Buffalo, and graduated from Johnson County High School in 1942. She attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the University of Arizona, in Tucson, from 1942 to 1945. She returned to college in 1979, at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, and graduated with a degree in gerontology in 1982. Betty met Robert F. Long in Tucson, when he was stationed at Davis Mountain Air Force Base. They were married in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 4, 1945.
After Robert’s discharge in 1946, they made their home in Buffalo, until he was recalled to active service in 1953. From then until his retirement from the Air Force in 1969, they lived briefly in Mission Hills, California, and traveled to Okinawa, Libya, and Turkey before ending up in Austin, Texas in 1962. They returned to Buffalo in 1988.
Betty worked for 12 years for the IRS in Austin. She was an active volunteer in multiple organizations including the Red Cross (Gray Ladies), Nurse’s Aide, American Legion Auxiliary, Friends in Council, Meals on Wheels, Boy Scouts, PTA, booster clubs and many others.
Betty is survived by three sons; Jeffry Long, and his wife Kathryn of Littleton, Colorado, Derek Long and his wife Nancy of Austin, Texas, and Troy Long of Dripping Springs, Texas; 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and one brother, Robert R. Slifer.