Sarah M. Long, 82

February 14, 2011
  • Sarah M. Long
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SEPT. 23, 1928-FEB. 12, 2011

Sarah M. Long, 82, formerly of Mealey Parkway in Hagerstown, passed away Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011, at The Village at Robinwood in Hagerstown.

Born Sept. 23, 1928, in Middletown, Md., Sarah, known to many as “Sally,” was the daughter of the late Malcolm Palmer and Mary Jane Ellen Remsburg Palmer of Middletown.

Sally often spoke of attending school in her early years at the one-room Zittlestown School in Zittlestown, Md. She was a 1947 graduate of Boonsboro High School. She received her nursing degree as a registered nurse from Church Home and Hospital in Baltimore, Md., in 1951. She went on to work at the Washington County Hospital for more than 30 years, and was instrumental in the instruction and training of new nurses entering the medical field.

During this time she earned her bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland, graduating in 1973. She also taught nursing for a period of time at Hagerstown Junior College.

She was an active member of the Church of the Brethren in Hagerstown, where she also served as a parish nurse.

She was a member of the Traveler’s Protective Agency and the Community Concert Association.

In her retirement years, she and her husband, Richard, greatly enjoyed spending time with friends and traveling extensively to many places in the United States, as well as trips to Europe, Australia, Fiji, Tahiti and many other locations.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard M. Long; sisters, Frances Blickenstaff of Boonsboro, Rachel Shafer of Middletown, Avice Smith of Frederick and Lorraine Funk of Myersville; brothers, Malcolm “Mac” Palmer of Hagerstown and Kenneth Palmer of Ocean Pines, Md.; many nieces and nephews; five stepchildren, Diana J. Shepherd of Hagerstown, Douglas R. Long of Falling Waters, W.Va., Daryl R. Long of Hagerstown, Edward S. Long of Germantown, Md., and Stuart M. Long of Hagerstown; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Amos Palmer.

The family would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Hospice of Washington County.

Her wishes were to be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, located at the comer of East Washington and South Mulberry streets, with the Rev. Ed Poling officiating.

Interment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Condolences can be sent to Richard Long at 12912 Woodburn Drive, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Hagerstown Church of the Brethren, 15 S. Mulberry St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North, Hagerstown.

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