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Norma Jean Poteet Long
December 14, 1930 – January 23, 2009

 

Mill City, OR. – Norma Jean Poteet Long was born December 14, 1930 in Miami, Oklahoma. She died January 23, 2009 at her home in Mill City after a 20 year battle with cancer.

Norma spent her early years in Newberg where the family relocated in 1936 from Oklahoma. A graduate of Newberg High School, Norma completed secretarial training before embarking on a career as a legal and insurance secretary.

She met the love of her life, George Long, at a dance at Watkins Park in Gladstone that she was attending with her sister and brother-in-law, Nita and Bob Herring. Norma married George on October 27, 1950 at Nita and Bob’s home in Newberg. The four remained close friends while raising their families.

Norma and George lived in Newberg for the first 18 years of their marriage where their four children, Mike, Linda, Kevin and Jerry, were born. The family moved to Mill City in December 1968 where Norma and George purchased the local newspaper, The Mill City Enterprise. Norma and George published the newspaper together until selling the  business in January 1994.

Norma was involved in the community through many clubs and service organizations. She was an active member of the Eagles Auxiliary where she served as an officer for many years. One of her greatest joys was attending the events and activities of her 16 grandchildren. She was an enthusiastic supporter enduring rain and snow as well as 100+ degree temperature to cheer them on. Norma also enjoyed reading, baking and watching the Portland Trailblazers.

Norma will be greatly missed by her husband of 58 years, George, and children; Linda and Jim Boessenecker of Clayton, CA., Kevin and Sheri Long of Linden, Utah, and Jerry and Jill Long of Salem; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Mike and Jan Long of Mill City and brother and sister-in-law Edward (Smokey) and Ruby Poteet of Lebanon. Norma is loved by 15 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. Norma was preceded in death by her son, Mike, and grandson, Jason.

Private burial services will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Mill City. Memorial Services are scheduled for 2:00 PM Thursday, January 29, 2009 at the North Santiam Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge, 620 Broadway, Mill City. Memorial Contributions can be made in her honor to any charitable fund of the North Santiam Fraternal Order of Eagles, PO Box 604, Mill City, OR. 97360 or to a charity of your choice. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.

 


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