Betty Wilson Long, age 83, of Mint Hill, passed away Friday, November 15, 2013 with her family by her side. She was the daughter of Morris and Maggie Wilson and was born on March 27, 1930 in Charlotte.
Surviving are her devoted husband of 64 years, Robert (Bobby), her children, Dr. Debra Long Hunt (Gary) and Robert Michael Long (Patti); two grandchildren, Lauren and Lindsay Hunt; and her beloved cat, Missy.
Betty attended Central High School in Charlotte, Kings Business College, and CPCC where she received her certificate in Human Services. She was retired from 36 years of service with the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the American Red Cross, where she was Director of Service to Military Families and Veterans/Disaster Services. She led a team of dedicated Red Cross volunteers to provide assistance to victims of disasters, and became a volunteer after retirement. Her awards include designation as a Paul Harris Fellow from the Rotary Foundation for furtherance of understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world, Special Citations for Exceptional Volunteer Service to the American Red Cross, and a Certificate of Appreciation for humanitarian work with the Red Cross from Elizabeth Dole.
She was also an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Mint Hill, where she had been a local and district President, and Chairman of the Cancer Research Fund.
Betty loved doting on her granddaughters, reading, Duke Basketball, cats, and anything "Betty Boop". As a dear friend said, "If you look up the definition of lady in the dictionary, you'll find Betty Long."
A visitation will be held at McEwen Funeral Home in Mint Hill on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 4-6pm, with a funeral to be held at Philadelphia Presbyterian Church on Monday, November 18, 2013 at 2:00pm. Interment will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family would appreciate memorials be sent to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, www.michaeljfox.org/donations
or the American Red Cross, www.redcross.org
Please visit Betty's online memorial and guestbook at www.mcewenminthillchapel.com