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Sylvia D. Long, 69, died October 12, 2016 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She was born March 7, 1947 in Staten Island,NYC, NY. In 1959, Sylvia was saved at the age of 12.
Sylvia graduated from Muskogee High School in 1965. In 1988, she returned to Muskogee because of her health complications. This led her to enroll in the Bryan Institute of OSU-OK where she learned how to build and rebuild computers. So after graduating in 1992, she began work at Coburn Optical where she remained until her retirement in 2003.
She was very active in the community. In 1992, she join the Ladies Auxiliary, in 2000 she joined the Elks Lodge and ultimately became an "Exalted Ruler", she belonged to the VFW 1189 branch, was a member of Southeast Baptist Church and volunteered at the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center.
Sylvia's beloved deceased are her infant daughter, Evanis Antoinette; father, Clyde Davis; mother, Anoinette (Toni) Davis; sister, Susie Bailey and her daughter, Cheryl Bailey; husband, Dearl Long and best friend, Cheryl Paine. Sylvia had Bro. Doug Miller lead Cheryl to accept Jesus as her Savior.
She is survived by one sister and brother-in-law, Loretta and Ray LaFon; brother and sister-in-law, Wendell and Vicki Davis; nieces, Leigh Mills and Natalie Shofner and step-son, Johnny Long.
Sylvia's favorite scripture was, "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:24. Her favorite hymns were, "One Day when Heaven was Filled with His Glory," "He is Exalted!", "Surely the Presence of the Lord is in this Place." and "This World is Not My Home".
Sylvia loved to crochet afghans! On some, she would crochet OU and OSU and then have them raffled by the Elks so they could use the money generated from them for a charity. She learned how to crochet at the age of six from her Grandmother Heister when she had to spend six weeks in a hospital due to her severe asthma. She couldn't get out of bed, so she crocheted! No cell phones back then!
Sylvia was also an avid reader, and as a young girl, she fought with Loretta over wanting the light turned off so she could sleep. (Sylvia thus used the flashlight under the cover to "read on"!) Because of her immense time spent on reading, Sylvia was highly self-educated and could, thereby, converse on a variety of topics, from history, politics, and religion to matters of science and social affairs. She was truly bright and full of life despite her severe health problems.
Sylvia liked red flowers, and she liked to wear red clothing! But she also loved wearing yellow, green, and blue, all the colors of the rainbow. This brightness was symbolic of Sylvia's happy, sweet nature. She loved her family, her friends, and she loved life. But now Sylvia is loving life with the Lord and the new home He has given her. She knew this time would one day come, and apart from leaving us, she looked forward to the new health and joy she would know in heaven. With sadness of heart, we rejoice for her!
Memorial services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 29, 2016 at Southeast Baptist Church.
Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made online at www.foster-petering.com.
Published on October 26, 2016
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