LONG, DOROTHY G.
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Oct 15, 1918-Oct 22, 2012
Dorothy Gastfield Long was born Oct. 15, 1918 to Henry and Julia Gastfield in Highland Park, IL, Dorothy was the youngest and only girl in the family of 4 children. She graduated from high school and soon was boarding a bus to Florida to join a high school girlfriend who earlier moved there.
Soon after arriving, she found a job at First National Bank of Miami where she met the man she would be married to for 57 years, Quentin Long. Mother worked while Quentin was in the Navy during WWII and while he attended U of F on the GI Bill after the war. Their only son, Randy was born in 1944.
After 2 years in Tallahassee, FL the family moved to Hallandale, FL where Quentin was the first attorney in town. Mom quickly made friends with some of the ladies in what was then a small rural town just north of Miami. She helped organize the Hallandale Women's Club and was the last surviving member of the original group. They later established a chapter of Beta Sigma Phi, a women's sorority and especially enjoyed their trips to conventions where more than a little havoc was created.
In 1954 Debbie was born and mother was delighted to have a wonderful daughter. To show the size of her heart, she welcomed her father into the home, at first during the winter months to escape Chicago weather, and then full time for 15 years. When the family moved to Ft. Lauderdale in 1962, mother became a volunteer for the Easter Seal Foundation and worked with them for 15 years.
Quentin retired in 1987 and they moved to Gainesville to be closer to their beloved Gators and to get out of the congestion of South Florida. They joined the First Lutheran Church of Gainesville and became active in the church. They cherished their new friends and some old acquaintances they had not seen in years.
Always staying busy, she picked up needlepoint and later quilting. She has created some beautiful pieces.
Mom protected her independence fiercely. Any attempts to get her to move or have some help around the house were investigated, to appease the family, and then gently rebuffed. Her style, manner and gentle nature were apparent to all who met her. Friends, staff members in business offices, service people and even some "not very nice" folks were all enamored with her grace and kind disposition. She will be missed by many.
Dorothy was preceded in death by Quentin who died suddenly in 1997 of a heart attack and her Debbie who fought valiantly against cancer for 5 years before passing in 2007. She is survived by her son Randy, his wife Kathy, her only grandson Austin, and her third daughter, Judy Hoell.
A service will be held Friday, November 16, 20012 at 11:00 AM at First Lutheran Church of Gainesville. A reception will follow. In accordance with her wishes, her ashes will be placed in the crypt with Quentin at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to First Lutheran Church. Any inquiries may be made to the church.
Published in Gainesville Sun from Nov. 10 to Nov. 13, 2012