DeLong, Maurese Patricia McCarthy 3/13/1927 - 10/6/2021 Dexter Michigan Pat was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Martha Minetta Little and Maurice Joseph McCarthy. Her family came to Ann Arbor from Petite Cote and Windsor Canada, Detroit MI and previously Ireland and England. She was a life long resident of Ann Arbor and Dexter. Pat loved the area, the floral and fauna, the change of seasons and especially the wildlife. Pat attended Angell Elementary School, Tappan Junior High School, Ann Arbor High School and the University of Michigan. She was a member of the Women's City Club and the UM Women's Faculty Club. In earlier years Pat donated abundant time and energy to the Huron Valley Humane Society and the Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Pat met her future husband Richard at his fourth birthday party. Pat and Dick became sweethearts in high school and married on April 10, 1946 while he was on a military leave during WWII. They celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary this year. Theirs' is a love story! To the end they were frequently seen holding hands and talking about their good life together. Pat was a lovely lady. She turned heads, especially Dick's, with her bright, red hair, stylish dress, petite figure, cherry pies and ladylike demeanor. Pat was a strong minded woman who put an emphasis on etiquette and good manners. She had a sure sense of how things should be and a determination to stick to it. Pat loved animals and over the years had an ark of pets. Her biggest passion was the safety, health and preservation of wildlife. It started when her children were young and brought critters to her to heal. She had a special gift when dealing with animals. In 1982 Pat founded Friends of Wildlife. The local organization has helped untold numbers of red and gray fox, flying squirrels, squirrels, raccoon, opossum, deer, woodchucks, beaver and skunks. At its height, Friends of Wildlife had more than 150 volunteers. Pat made holidays special. She is best known for the huge, delicious dinners she prepared for family and friends. Her tables were always beautifully set with personally arranged centerpieces. At Christmas she and Dick made gingerbread men for each member of our big family and decorated them with creative, individual themes. We looked forward to our Christmas stockings! Pat's picnic's were memorable occasions. Pies were one of her many specialities! Pat and Dick raised their four children on a beautiful piece of property, on a hill overlooking the Huron River. It was surrounded by a forest, with a stream flowing through the valley. It was a spot as close to heaven as you could get. Gardening was always special to Pat. She had a gift for growing things and putting complimentary, colorful plants together. Pat was preceded in death by her parents, son Richard (Kristene) DeLong Jr. and sister Margaret Sturgis. Pat's memory will be held in the hearts of her husband and daughters: Patrice (Dave), Kathleen (Ed) and Lynn (Rick) and daughter-in-law Kristene. Thirteen grandchildren: James (Lisa), Patrick (Denise), Aaron (Ashton), Joel (Jayanthi), Richard III (Rad), Andrew (Claire), EJ (Laura), Travis, Jennifer (Patrick), Stacy, Audra, William (Candice) and David, Twenty seven great-grandchildren: Michelle (Nick), Carly, Charlotte (Alex), Patrick II (Samantha), Jaime (Phil), Maxton (Nicole), Keaton (Brianna), Anna, Chasmea, Aderan, Lauren (Max), EJ III (Sabrina), Madison (Colter), Justin, Wes, Charlie, Oscar, Tricia, Gary, Alisa, Cody, Kaleb, Chase, Kaylee, Brandon, Jimmy, Jadlyn, Nine great-great grandchildren: Grace, Mac, Maggie, Lakelynn, Kingsley, Maverick, Ava, Alexander, Adeline and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Wendy and Pat were best friends for over 40 years. She added laughter and merriment to Pat and Dick's lives. A special thank you goes to Don Knight, his family and staff at Knight's Steak House. We are also very grateful to the owners and staff at Metzgers (John), The Village Kitchen (Helen and the ladies), Webers, Panera (Brenda) and Dexter Bakery. Thank all of you for taking such good care of Pat and Dick, providing them with endless, wonderful meals and caring, compassionate service. Our family is especially grateful to Dr. Wampler and his staff, Helen, Dr. Cotronei, Margaret and Marlena. Thank you for everything you have done over the years. Thanks to Pat's compassionate caregivers Iris, Dede, Barb, Laura, Chaz, Autumn, Brittany and Megan. The Arbor Hospice team has been exceptional, especially Becky and Tina. Private celebrations of Pat's life will be held by her family. Pat would be honored if everyone made a commitment to help wildlife in their own way. Donations would be gratefully accepted at the Huron Valley Humane Society or Matthaei Botanical Garden.
Published by Ann Arbor News from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2021.