Merrel Ann Long, 75, of Sunrise Beach, Texas, died April 2, 2022, at home surrounded by family and friends. She was born to Carl and Dorothy Anderson on December 8, 1946 in Springfield, Ohio.
Merrel spent much of his early years in Syracuse, New York. She graduated from Nottingham High School and studied dental hygiene at Onondaga Community College. After attending college, she was a valued employee of the Onondaga County Health Department as a dental hygienist. On June 3, 1967, she married the love of her life, Air Force Staff Sergeant James P. Long of Maple, Texas. Merrel and James moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where James was attending the University of Oklahoma on an Air Force scholarship. Their next move was across town from Norman, where they began life as a traveling military family. The couple have lived on numerous military bases in Norman, OK, Dalzell, SC, Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany, where their two children were born, and Lawton, OK. While in Lawton, Merrel coached his daughters’ fourth-grade basketball team and led the girls to the city championship. The family settled in Downingtown, Pennsylvania for twenty-one years, where they worked as a teacher’s aide at Uchlan Hills Elementary School and as a computer systems manager at Downingtown High School East. Merrel was an accomplished author and had many of her books published. She developed a working relationship as CTO with an international e-book publishing company now headquartered in New Zealand. After their stay in Pennsylvania, the couple last moved to Sunrise Beach, Texas in 2006. Their stay in Sunrise Beach allowed them to pursue their hobbies of fishing, bird watching, traveling, publishing and writing books, and following his grandchildren. many sporting events.
Merrel is survived by her beloved husband of fifty-four years, James P. Long of Sunrise Beach; children, Bill Long and Diana Garza of Sunrise Beach and Allison Wegner and her husband Kevin of Austin. She also leaves behind her grandchildren, Morgan Long of Shakopee, MN, and Madison Long of Savage, MN, Nash, Reid and Case of Austin, TX; sisters, Gail Russell and husband David of Camillus, NY, and Alice Stevenson of Syracuse, NY. Many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends also survive.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2022 at Putnam Funeral Home in Kingsland with services to follow at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Bluffton Cemetery in Bluffton, Texas. An online guest registry can be signed at www.PutnamCares.com.
Merrel’s care entrusted to Putnam Funeral Home and Crematory, 145 Texas Avenue, Kingsland, Texas 78639