Mary Louise Long(1923 - 2013)

Mary Louise Martin Long passed away Monday, July 15, 2013. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, at First Christian Church, Fort Worth. Memorials: Gifts may be made to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund or First Christian Church of Fort Worth. She was born July 16, 1923, in Fort Worth to Albert and Effa Martin. Mary Louise graduated from Polytechnic High School, North Texas State University and Texas Christian University. She taught music in Fort Worth elementary schools before embarking on an adventure to teach school in Caripito, Venezuela. It was there she met the love of her life, John Long, who worked for Creole Oil, and they married in 1956. They lived in Venezuela for 16 years, raising their children, John Jr. and Allison. They returned to Fort Worth in 1970, where Mary Louise became involved in her music fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota, as well as the Fort Worth Christian Church women's fellowship and choir. She was also a substitute teacher at Fort Worth Country Day School and later worked at TCU in the psychology and education departments. Mary Louise was a talented pianist, cellist and vocalist. She loved to cook, entertain, travel, play bridge and spend time with her family. Mary Louise was preceded in death by her husband, John, and sisters, Elizabeth and Margaret Anne. The family wishes to thank our friend and angel, Tommie Bell Burrell, who has given amazing care and support to Mary Louise during the past eight years. Survivors: Her children, John and wife, Marilou, and Allison and husband, Brad Groom; grandchildren, Christopher, Travis, Meredith and Ryan; cousin, Jayne Harrison; and nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram on Aug. 4, 2013