Grace Heyl passed away peacefully in her sonís home in Tucson, Ariz. on June 14, 2013.
Grace was born on Aug. 8, 1916 in Sarcoxie, Mo. to parents Allen G. Chandler and Runa May (Lacewell) Chandler. The family moved to Quapaw, Okla., where her father worked for the mines and Grace attended elementary school.
Her father contracted black lung and died at age 32 on Graceís fourth birthday. Grace was the third of five children born to this marriage. Her mother married Lawrence B. Stroup three years later and the family moved to a farm one mile from Wyandotte, Okla., where she grew up and graduated from high school in 1935.
Grace married her high school sweetheart, Jack B. Long in 1936. Jack felt the call into the ministry and became a Methodist minister and was transferred to Arkansas. While there, four children were born: Patricia Anne, Ira Liddell, Jack B. Jr., and Jeannie Sue.
The family moved to Globe, Ariz. in 1947. Jack finished college and after graduation from the U of A, worked for a while for his uncle T. J. Long. Grace and Jack were divorced in 1958. Grace began her 25-year career working for the Gila General Hospital, where she retired in 1981 after 25 years of service as the head of the housekeeping department.
After Graceís arrival in Globe, she was very active with her children and their activities and was an avid square dancer. It was not uncommon for Grace to pick up her children from school and take them on a picnic.
Grace was active in her retirement years as a volunteer for various functions around town. She was also devoted to her children and grandchildren and kept in touch with them until the end. She was a member of St. Paulís United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women for 65 years. She always extended a helping hand to those in need. She loved gardening and always had tulips and other flowers in the spring. Grace was truly a gracious lady.
Grace was preceded in death by daughters, Jeannie Sue Maynard (Larry), and Patricia Allen; and son, Jack B. Long Jr. (Nancy). She is survived by a sister, Helen Griffin of Muskogee, Okla.; a brother, Sherman L. Stroup, of Warsaw, Mo.; son, Ira Liddell Long of Tucson Ariz., and daughter in law Nancy Long of Colorado; seven grandchildren, Scott Maxwell (Karen) of Phoenix, Lisa Core of San Diego, Patrice Stiver of Tucson, John Liddell Long (Sandi) and Tiffany Upp, of Colorado, Denise Maynard and Renee Lasswell of Tucson. Grace is also survived by eight great-grand children and six great-great grandchildren.
Viewing was held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 22 and the funeral services followed at the Avalon Chapel of Adair Funeral Homes, 8090 N. Northern Ave., Tucson, Ariz., at 10 a.m. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery. A celebration of life will possibly be held in Globe, Ariz. at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Paulís UMC in Globe, Ariz., or St. Markís UMC in Tucson, Ariz.