Kathleen Jane Long

April 01, 1921
- March 28, 2010

MILO - Kathleen "Kay" Jane (Buck) Long, 88, wife of 55 years to Vernon "Flash" Long, died peacefully March 28, 2010, surrounded by family at a Bangor hospital. Kay was born April 1, 1921, in Medford Center, to parents, Hollis and Lucy Libby Buck. Kay and Flash lived in the Milo area their entire marriage, spending summers at Boyd Lake when their children were small and later at Schoodic Lake with children and grandchildren. The entire family has many wonderful memories of spending time at these camps. She was a loving wife, devoted mother and doting grandmother. She was a lifelong learner that always inspired her children's education and had a great love of poetry. She was educated in the Medford Center one-room schoolhouse through eighth grade and graduated from Milo High School, Class of 1938. She was active in many roles in the town of Milo - most notably was town clerk for 17 years. Before Flash died in 1997, they were enthusiastic square dancers for 30 years, which took them throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada. Kay loved to travel, visiting 48 of the 50 states, Brazil and several countries in Europe. She always had a packed suitcase ready to go, and was an avid game and card player, who "never remembered losing." She is survived by a sister, Athalie and husband, Wilfred Burke, of Milo; son, Myron Long and partner, Linda Belisle, of Lakeview Plantation; daughter, Lorraine and husband, Harvey Smith, of Eliot; daughter, Sheila and husband, Earl Leavitt, of Wiscasset and Florida; son, Richard Long and wife, Paula, of Hollis, N.H.; six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kay was predeceased by her parents; brothers, Glenn Buck and Neil Buck; and sister, Fern Argraves. The family thanks the staff at Ross Manor, Sylvia Ross Home and Eastern Maine Medical Center for their compassionate treatment and for making her final days comfortable. Following her wishes, Kay will be cremated and there will be no visiting hours. A celebration of her life is being planned for family and friends in late May. Friends wishing to honor her memory may send a donation to American Heart Association at www.americanheart.org.

Published in Bangor Daily News on April 3, 2010

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