Velma Long (Strait)
SHERMAN - Velma M. (Strait) Long, 101, died September 7, 2018, in Houlton. She was born February 28, 1917, in Crystal, the daughter of Talmage and Gladys (Tardy) Strait.
Velma was a very talented lady, a great mom, and a wonderful cook. She painted many pictures, did flower arrangements, sewed, and loved her porch sales.
Velma is survived by her five children, Gaynor Bates from Connecticut, Gary and Sheila Long, Galen Long and his friend, Wanita Paradis of Sherman, Darilee and Frank Conroy from Bradley and Florida, and Cheryl and Robert Smith from Stacyville. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren, Scott, Jay, Kory, Susan, Rick, Eddie, Jeff, Wade, Avis, Annette, Percy, Frank, and Shawn; several great and great-great-grandchildren; also two sisters-in-law, Angeline Strait and Gloria Long; and many nieces and nephews.Besides her parents and her eight siblings, she was predeceased by husband of 35 years, Percy Long; two sons-in-law, Francis Bates and Dalton White; a grandson, Paul White; and a great-great grandson, Nicholas Long.
Friends may call 12 to 1 p.m. Monday, at the Bowers Funeral Home, Island Falls, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with the Reverend James O'Hara officiating.
The family would like to say a special thank you to Mountain Heights and Gardner Nursing Home for the care that mom received. They would also like to thank Dr. Hrynick, for all he did for mom over the years and to Bowers Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Sherman Mills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Beacon Hospice of Bangor, 289 State St., Bangor,ME 04401.To leave condolences please visit www.bowersfuneral.com.