Born in Kingston, Elizabeth lived for a time, after graduating from Kingston High School, in Utah with her aunt and family. While there, she met the love of her life, George Long, with whom she eloped to Las Vegas to get married. George then returned to the military and fought in the Korean War. After he returned home, they relocated to NYS and, ultimately, back to her hometown of Kingston. They remained happily married until his untimely death at the age of 35 from cancer. Elizabeth never remarried and always wore the rings he had placed on her finger on their wedding day until the day she reunited with him in Heaven. Elizabeth loved to travel and returned to Las Vegas on several occasions. She had a joyous spirit of adventure and enjoyed her many cruises to places near and far. She had plans to go on future cruises, including one to visit the birth places of her grandparents in Italy. Elizabeth worked, for many years, as a nurse’s aide and ward clerk at Ulster County Infirmary, from which she was retired. Elizabeth was best known, however, for her love of animals. Not only did she love and cherish the many cats and dogs she had in her lifetime, she also always had plenty of cat food, peanuts and bird seed to offer the many stray animals and birds that found their way to her door. And, she went the extra mile & arranged veterinary care, including spaying and neutering, for those in her outdoor animal family. Some of them even decided to adopt her and become part of her indoor family. Because she loved, nurtured and provided for so many animals, “The Elizabeth Fund” has been established in her honor and will continue her legacy of love and caring for animals; and, through donations, will provide spay/neuter and some necessary veterinary assistance for homeless animals through FACT Animal Rescue, her cousin’s animal rescue organization. Elizabeth will be deeply missed by so many…her family and friends, of course…and also by the homeless cats, the squirrels, rabbits and even the opossum that will look at her door and wonder why she’s not there anymore. Cremation and memorial arrangements are under the guidance of the Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home Inc. 27 Smith Avenue Kingston www.jvleahyfh.com
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday October 28 at 1:00 PM at Saint Joseph's Church. Entombment to follow at Saint Mary's Cemetery Kingston. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to FACT Animal Rescue and note: for “The Elizabeth Fund”, c/o PO Box 4045, Queensbury, NY 12804. https://www.lastingmemories.com/elizabeth-long-1
Published by the Daily Freeman from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2021.