BUTLER: Janice Louise Long went home to be with her Lord and Savior early Sunday morning, March 22, 2015 in her winter home in Avon Park, Florida. She was 67.
She was born November 21, 1947 to parents Floyd & Lavon (Mishey) Ball in Mansfield. After Janice was graduated from Clear Fork High School with the class of 1965, she attended beauty school and obtained her cosmetology license. She worked as a hairdresser for a time, but upon having kids she put her family first. Janice continued to cut and style hair for friends and family out of her home.
On August 7, 1965, she married Robert Alvin “Bob” Long whom she had met at the Bellville Street Fair some five years prior and together they raised three children. Janice worked diligently to create a warm and loving home for her family. She could take anything ordinary and make it extraordinary…with a few simple ingredients she could cook a delicious meal, with four white walls she could create and decorate an inviting home. Everything Janice touched turned wonderful.
Janice was the heart and soul of Tabor Cottage in Butler, a home designed as a week-long country vacation for intercity children from the Cincinnati area. Owned by the Community of the Transfiguration, Tabor Cottage was like a ‘visit to Grandma’s house’ and Janice played the role of doting Grandma to countless youths every summer. She also worked at Clear Fork Ski Lodge as a front desk secretary for fifteen years.
In spare time, she took pleasure in sewing crafts and making baby quilts. She was a wonderful cook and could often be found canning or tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. She also enjoyed riding with her husband on his Harley Davidson and going to their cabin in West Virginia. The past four years she and her husband loved their time together wintering in Florida. But above all, Janice cherished time spent with family and friends—especially with her grandchildren!
Her family and friends will miss her infectious laugh, perfect sense of humor, and her hard-working spirit. She spent her whole life looking after others and had the natural ability to put people right at ease. Everyone went to her for advice for they knew she would always give the best. She was the glue that held her family together and her unconditional love will never be forgotten.
Janice was a member of Impact Worship Center in Mansfield and a former member of the North Liberty Garden Club.
She is survived by her loving husband of almost 50 years, Bob Long of Butler; three children & their spouses: Todd & Jeannie Long of Bellville, Trent & Julie Long of Butler, and Tricia & Andy Kehl of Bellville; six grandchildren: Nathan, Taylor, Matt, Ryan, Andrea, and Malayna; one great-granddaughter: Naveyda; a sister and brother-in-law: Sharon & Bernard Hollar of Bellville; a special niece Shelly Hollar; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, and close friends.
Janice was preceded in death by her parents.
Her family will receive friends Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in the Bellville/Butler Snyder Funeral Home, 81 Mill Rd, where a funeral service celebrating her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday morning. Pastor Mike Cloud will officiate and burial will follow in North Liberty Cemetery in Knox County.
Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Long family. Send them a note of sympathy and support—and watch Janice’s tribute video at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com