Stillwater News Press

August 21, 2013

Lucille Davis Long


Stillwater NewsPress

— Lucille “Lucy” Long, 99, of Stillwater passed from this life on Aug.  20, 2013, in Stillwater. Services have been entrusted to the care of Palmer Marler Funeral Home and a service celebrating Lucille’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Stillwater with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held from noon  to 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday.

Lucille (Ludie) Davis Long was born on Jan. 28, 1914, at the Pawnee Indian Hospital to Bob and Jenny Running Scout Davis. She was Skidi Pawnee and an enrolled member of the Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. She went home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Aug.  20, 2013, at the age of 99 years. Lucille married Edgar Allen Long Sr. on April 4, 1936, in Stillwater. They lived in Pawnee until 1956, and then moved to Stillwater where they lived thereafter. As a young child, she lived with her grandmother Eva and her step-grandfather, Roan Chief (as she always called him), on a farm south of Pawnee until she was 5 years old. She was placed in the Pawnee Indian Boarding school after both of her grandparents passed away. Lucille’s first language was Pawnee and she loved to attend the Pawnee Indian powwows and dances. She sang around the drum when she was young with friends Irene Jim, Ivy Peters, Dolly Moore and Dolly Plumlee Garcia among others. She danced for most of her life.

Lucille attended Pawnee Indian School, Pawnee Elementary School and Chilocco Indian Boarding School from which she graduated in 1932. She worked a few years at the Pawnee Indian School but most of her life was spent as a homemaker. She was a gifted seamstress and made her three daughters’ clothes, including formals and wedding dresses. She had no patterns, instead she could look at dresses in catalogues and display windows and make them. During WWII, Ed was in the service and she was living on the Davis farm northwest of town, she made her children’s clothes out of flour sacks on a treadle sewing machine. After moving to Stillwater she had a successful business in the 1960s and 1970s as a seamstress catering to many of the wives of Oklahoma State University professors and administrators.

Lucille was a member of the Eastern Star while living in Pawnee. She was also a member of the Oklahoma City Chapter of the Sweet Adelines for almost 20 years during the late 1960s to the early 1980s and sang several parts including tenor. Members living in the Stillwater area met and traveled together to Oklahoma City one evening a week to practice for competitions returning after midnight. She enjoyed traveling with the Sweet Adelines especially the trip to London, England, in 1977. There they wore shiny red cowgirl outfits trimmed in white fringe. At another performance of the Sweet Adelines in Oklahoma City, Lucille was a baby in a huge crib with a huge baby bottle that she kept throwing out of the crib and wailing. She was a wooden Indian whose only part was to stand on a stage and say “Ugh” at the end of the stanza. She borrowed her Indian outfit form her friend, Jim Atkins. She had many wonderful memories of singing and traveling with the Sweet Adelines.

Lucille was a Christian who loved Jesus. When she was very young her grandmother Eva used to take her to tent revivals. Later she became an active member of the First Baptist Church of Pawnee and held many volunteer jobs; she worked every year for Vacation Bible School and was a Sunbeams for girls’ leader. After moving to Stillwater she was a charter member and founder of the Hillcrest Baptist Church where she remained a member until her death. She made many wonderful long-lasting friends there. Since she and Ed loved to travel, they caravanned with church friends to different parts of the U.S. every year including Glorietta, Grand Canyon, Disney World, the Black Hills, the Smokey Mountains, Florida, etc. Lucille loved to attend sporting events and she and Ed were avid OSU fans.

Lucille was preceded in death by her beloved husband and parents, her five sisters, Evelyn Murie, Daisy Ellis, Virginia Adams, Florence Anderson and Lena Squirrel, and two brothers, Bobby Davis and Billy Davis. She is survived by her four children, Kay Taylor of Pawnee, Fran Mihura and Ed Long Jr. of Stillwater, and Edgarita Long of Tahlequah. She is also survived by one brother, Harold Davis of Lander Wyo., and five grandchildren. Laurie Long Ferriera and her husband, Fernando of Barcelona Spain, Amy Long James and her husband, Brian of Verdigris, Joni Mihura Meyer and her husband, Greg of Toledo, Ohio, and Bruce Mihura of Austin, Texas, plus many great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren along with many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to the family via an online guest book at www.pmcfh.com.