Virginia Anne Long, of Wellington, passed away Aug. 22, 2021, at the age of 87.
The family will celebrate her life with a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 27 in North Fairview Cemetery in Wellington under the direction of Adams Funeral Home. Gene Weinette, pastor of First United Methodist Church, will officiate at the service.
Anne was born July 16, 1934, in Childress to Annie Ruth Crews and Carl Farmer. She spent most of her growing up years in Childress. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo.
Anne married Billy Ray Long on October 4, 1952, in Clayton, N.M. They moved to Wellington in 1954, and they were married 66 years.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from West Texas State University in 1968 and her master’s degree in education from Sul Ross University in 1983.
Starting in the fall of 1968, Anne taught at Wellington High School. She retired May 31, 1993. During this time, she taught social studies, Chapter One and special education. Anne served as student council sponsor, where she and the students made lots of chili for the basketball concession stand and as a class sponsor many times.
A member of retired teachers, Anne was initiated into the Gamma Kappa Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society Sept. 14, 1991.
Anne had an avid love for genealogy. She taught the 55 Alive Mature Driver Improvement Course and served on the Collingsworth Public Library Board. A faithful member of the First United Methodist Church, Anne served as historian and as a member of the 23rd Psalm Circle of the United Methodist Women (UMW). Since 1977, she was a member of La Paisana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, where she held many offices. Anne also served as a member of 1954 Study Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on Dec. 31, 2018; her son, Barry Allan Long in Nov. 2002; her parents; stepfather, Richard Bell; and stepsister, Nancy Burton.
Anne is survived by her daughter, Debra Belew and husband Mike of Wellington and her son, Brent Long and wife Kathleen of Carrollton. She was “Gran” to five grandchildren, Christopher Belew, Leslie Belew, Tori Harber and husband Dustan, Sarah Dingus and husband Corey and Thomas Long and two great grandchildren, Madison and Austan Harber. She is also survived by her brother, Crews Bell and wife Pat; sister-in-law Norma Long; and two nieces, Cheryl Brock and Cathy Hunt.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Wellington Opportunity Center or Collingsworth Public Library summer program.