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Alice Cromer Long Alice Cromer Long, 98, of Austin, died peacefully on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Born Alice Miriam Cromer on December 18, 1914, in Berea, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Rev. Horace Emerson Cromer Sr., a minister in the Methodist Church, and Grace Cromer (nee Grace Marie Grove) and the sister of Horace Emerson Cromer Jr., M.D. Due to Rev. Cromer's profession, which led him to be posted in a new parsonage every few years, Alice and Horace grew up in towns and cities throughout Virginia and the Washington D.C. area. Alice attended the former Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Virginia, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in Latin from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1935. For many years, Alice taught science and music at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. On visits to Austin to see her brother Horace, who was one of the founders of Austin's Capital Medical Clinic, Alice met and fell in love with Dr. Walter Kaapke Long, another Austin physician and the son of Walter Ewing Long, manager of the Austin Chamber of Commerce for 35 years. Alice married "Walt" on November 4, 1950, in a ceremony officiated by her father. She loved to tell the story of how Walt proposed to her, chauffeuring her back from a car trip to Lake Travis where he had impressed her with his ability to catch grasshoppers with his bare hands, and presenting her with a list of ten reasons why she should turn down a marriage offer from him. She rejected his arguments, and they were happily married until he died on January 4, 1994. Alice thrived on making her home with her husband and raising together with him their only child, Walter Cromer Long, an Austin attorney. She traveled with Walt to medical conferences, organized family vacations in the American southwest, Canada, and Europe, and actively participated with Walt in the University Presbyterian Church and Austin Rotary Club events. Alice loved to sing, play the piano, and garden, and there was almost nothing that she could not do. Aesthetically gifted, she took up oil and watercolor painting in her 60s, and produced a host of paintings that won awards in shows put on by Austin's Municipal Art Guild and Waterloo Watercolor Group from the late 1970s until 1999. Alice is survived by her son Walter, his wife Jennifer Eppler Long, her beloved grandchildren, Rachel Janette Long, Walter Stephens Long, and Miriam Kaapke Long, her nieces, Cheryl Cromer, Gail Morgan, Lynn Beaman, and their children, and her nephews, Russell Fish III, Andrew Fish, and John Fish, and their children. In her last decade, Alice received wonderful assistance from her full-time ace caregiving tandem, Bobbie Connor and Sandy Evans, as well as from her physical therapist Frank Willems, Kate Fullilove, and Joe Cedillo, among others for whom she was very grateful. She also would like to express thanks to her specialist health care providers, including Dr. Michael Shapiro, Dr. David Morledge, Rhonda Ward, Paula Wilson, Dr. David Kessler, Dr. Keith Novy, two generations of Dr. Samuel Key (Jr. and III), and, finally, Hospice Austin. A graveside memorial service for Alice will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery annex, just east of I-35 on E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., at 2:00 PM on Friday, February 8, 2013, the Rev. Keith Wright of University Presbyterian Church officiating. Please do not send memorial flowers. Memorial gifts to the University Presbyterian Church, www.upcaustin.org or the Waterloo Watercolor Group, www.waterloowatercolor.org, would be welcome. Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at www.wcfish.com
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 5 to Feb. 6, 2013
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