December 3, 2013


FEB. 24, 1939 — NOV. 30, 2013

The Oskaloosa Herald


Joan Carrie Long, 74, of Knoxville, Tenn., and formerly of Oskaloosa, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, Nov. 30, 2013 in Knoxville. 

Joan was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Oskaloosa to James and Edna Courtney.  She attended and graduated Oskaloosa High School in 1957.  There she met Loren Long and they were united in marriage on March 31, 1958.  They moved together to Oklahoma where Loren was in the service.  Later they moved back to Oskaloosa where they had two children.  Together, they enjoyed riding motorcycles with a group of close friends.  She worked as a special education teacher for Oskaloosa Community Schools and then later became a LPN at Mahaska Health Partnership.  She enjoyed attending small groups, crocheting, shopping, and following her grandchildren's activities.

Her family includes her son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kelly Long, of Cedar; Daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Tony Houston, of Knoxville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Clint and Ashton Long, Carrie VanderBeek, Ashton Ferguson, Ryan and Melissa Houston, and Christian Houston; great-grandchildren, Addison, Ava, Weston, Jaden, Landen, and Christian; her brother Richard Courtney, of Oskaloosa; nephew and nieces Corey, Kristy, and Sherry.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Loren Long; and her parents, James and Edna Courtney.  

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 11 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with the Rev. Michael Omundson officiating.  Burial will be in the Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa.  The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.  Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Bates Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or alz.org.

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