After a long illness, she died on Dec. 24, 2007, at the age of 90 at the Golden Living Center in Bloomfield. Edna was united in marriage to Theron C. Long on June 8, 1935, on her 18th birthday, and to this union 12 children were born.
Edna is survived by her husband, Theron C. Long of Golden Living Center in Bloomfield; nine children, Theron Cleveland (Marg) Long of O'Fallon, Shannon J. Heilman of Bloomfield, Sandra Jean (James) Mowry of Cherryville, Robert Lee Long of Granite City, Ill., Daniel Michael Long of Bloomfield, William Ernest (Carol) Long of Bloomfield, Darrol Kent (Linda) Long of Bloomfield, Patricia Ann (Dennis) Charest of St. Louis, and Robin Craig Long of Bloomfield; 35 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Joyce Wamble; one brother, James Robinson, both of Dexter.
Edna was preceded in death by one son, John Albert Long; and two daughters, Shirley Jolene Angel and Linda Joyce Courtemanche; one son-in-law, Smokey Heilman; and one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Long; and two sisters, Vergie Robinson as a young girl, and Edith Corbin.
Edna was a faithful member of over 70 years at St. Joe General Baptist Church in Idalia where she taught Sunday School class and was active in the Violet Jones Circle and was a "secret pal".
Edna was a great cook and always looked out for neighbor kids and those less fortunate. Edna made lots of quilts throughout her lifetime. In her younger days she did this out of necessity, but later it was done only for pleasure. She used some patterns but also designed some on her own from plants located on the land. She made more than enough for each child and grandchild to have one to treasure. She won many ribbons when she entered her quilts in shows. Her best treasures were her home, church and children; and love always radiated from her. She was a #12 mom on a scale from #1 to #10.
Visitation was Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, from 5-8 p.m. at the Chiles-Cooper Funeral Home in Bloomfield.
Funeral services were conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2007, at the funeral home with Rev. Dan Sitze officiating.
Interment followed in the Bluff Cemetery at Idalia.