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LOIS G. LONG, age 94, of Elburn, passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love and prayers of her family on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. BORN:She was born August 30, 1920, in Plano, IL, the daughter of Leslie and Bernice (Hatch) Gifford. EARLY YEARS:She grew up in Plano and attended local schools. Lois graduated from Plano High School with the class of 1938.MARRIAGE:Lois met the love of her life, Herbert Long, as did many of her generation, at the infamous Long’s Barn. They danced their way to the altar and were united in marriage November 7, 1940, at her home in Plano. RESIDENTIAL HISTORY: They began their new life together on his family farm in rural Kaneville. Here they would care for the animals and tend to the fields, but always making time for family and friends. They would fill their home with thirty-five years of memories before Herbert was called back to the Lord on September 30, 1976. Lois continued to live at the farm and watched her family grow into the sunset of her life. OCCUPATION/WORK HISTORY:For Lois, family and farm always came first but she also worked outside of the home as well. In her early years, Lois worked in the office of Plano Molding for a time, but spent many years lovingly tending to the books at the Kaneville Library. MEMBERSHIPS:Lois was a faithful member for over seventy years at Kaneville United Methodist Church. LIFE NOTES:Lois loved working in her garden, bringing in the yearly harvests to can everything for the winter months. She also loved the many beautiful bouquets that were born in her garden and brightened every room. She was an excellent seamstress, making clothing for her family, quilts for their beds and various needlework that graced the walls of both family and friends. When her hands took a rest, they also took up a hand of cards along with her friends playing 500 and sometimes Canasta. Lois did take a tour of the world outside Elburn when she took cruises to Alaska, toured the Rocky Mountains, Canada, Door County and visited the Amish folk in Indiana. She went to Washington State and visited Houston, TX, a few times as well. For every mile, a memory was made and added to the legacy that she now leaves all those who knew and loved her. SURVIVORS:She is survived by four children: Marilyn Kingsley, Vernon (Diane) Long, Janice (James) White and James Long;Eleven grandchildren: Brian Kingsley, Daryl (Alissa) Kingsley, Vernon Jr. (Michele) Long and their children, Ryan and Mackenzie, Jennifer (Jeff) Shelts and their children, Collin and Justin, Thomas (Kelly) Long and their children Brooke and Jackson, Melanie (Jeff) Roth and their children Madelyn and Zachary, Christopher (April) White, Jacob Long, Joseph (Katlyn) Long and their daughter, Leighton,Sarah Long and her son Levi and Benjamin Long;Many nieces, nephews, cousins and a countryside of friends. PRECEDED:She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Herbert, and one brother, Keith Gifford.VISITATION/FUNERAL:Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, March 27, 2015, at Kaneville United Methodist Church, Kaneville, IL. A funeral service will begin at 11 a.m., with a time of visitation from 10-10:45 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015, also at the church. Interment will follow at Kaneville Cemetery, Kaneville, IL. MEMORIAL:In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Lois’ name to benefit her favorite charities. Checks may be made to the "Lois Long Memorial" and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may also forwarded to the same address or on www.conleycare.com.