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Obituary for Lena Long

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Lena Long

December 16, 1918 - December 28, 2014

Mickey Long passed away peacefully at Legacy House, in Ogden, Utah, a few weeks after reaching her 96th birthday.  She was born in Pacific Junction, Iowa, the only daughter of Noah Harold Johnson & Nellie Pearle Purcell.  She was a bright and interested student, attending schools in and around Wakefield, Nebraska, graduating from the 8th grade at age 11.  She stayed home to help her mother a year and then graduated from Wakefield High at age 16, in 1936.

She attended Wayne Normal Teachers College in Wayne, Nebraska before marrying Nels Nathaniel Nelson on March 10, 1938, and living on a farm outside of Wakefield.  Her husband died in 1948 and she moved herself and her two daughters, Carolyn & Kathleen, to Sioux City, Iowa.   In 1950 she and her second husband, Merle A. Kimbell moved their family to Ogden, Utah, where she worked at several jobs before being hired at DDO.   There she met her third husband, Frank B. Theall.  Mickey retired from DDO after working as an accountant for many years.  Following retirement, she served in many leadership positions in NARFE, attending state & national conventions.  The Thealls had moved to Liberty, Utah.

In Liberty, two young elders of the LDS church taught Mickey & Frank Theall the gospel.   She was serving in three church callings in the Liberty Ward, when she joined the LDS Church, encouraged by loving neighbors and her two daughters. Mickey loved people and was a believer in the adage: “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met.”  She herself was a good friend.  Her hands were always busy doing beautiful crocheted work that she donated to various causes, friends and family.

She is predeceased by her brother, Harold Emmett, and her first three husbands. Surviving her is her fourth husband, Jean Owen Long, to whom she was sealed in the Mt. Timpanogas Temple on September 25, 2010.  She leaves her two daughters, Carolyn (Paul) Thompson & Kathleen (Hugh) Hadley, their husbands, eight grandchildren and spouses, 33 great grandchildren, and two great, great grandchildren.

A viewing will be held Sunday, January 4, 2014, between 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary, 836 – 36th St., Ogden, UT.   Funeral services will be held Monday, January 5, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., preceded by a viewing at 1:00 p.m. at Leavitt’s Mortuary.  Interment will be at Leavitt’s Aultorest Memorial Park.


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Visitation Information

Date: Sunday, January 4, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

836-36th Street

Ogden, UT

Service Information

Date: Monday, January 5, 2015

Time: 2:00 pm -

Leavitts Mortuary


836 36th Street, , Ogden, UT, 84403

836-36th Street

Ogden, UT

A viewing will be held Sunday, January 4, 2014, between 6:00-8:00 p.m and one hour prior to service.


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Born: December 16, 1918
Died: December 28, 2014

Condolences for Lena Long

Betty Sevy Hall posted on 1/17/15

Carolyn & Paul, Please accept my deepest condolences. May your fondest memories help you through this difficult time. Love, Betty Sevy Hall


Ruth J. Clark posted on 1/5/15

I knew Mickey when she and Frank lived in Liberty. They were a lovely couple and it was a joy to be with them at different church events. Our ward family was happy that they had joined the church. I remember her as always looking beautiful and always having a smile and time to share with anyone she met. May you all be blessed in the loss of your dear mother. With love from Ruth J. Clark


Dixie Holmes posted on 1/2/15

Carolyn and family, just wanted to send our condolences to you and your family in the loss of your mom. She was always such a tiny ball of fire and we loved to be around her. I am sure you will miss her terribly. We love you and want you to know we are thinking of you at this time. Love you guys. Thanks for sharing your mom with us all these years.