Margaret H. Long, 90

Margaret (Haldeman) Long, 90, of Frankford, Del., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, at Harrison House Senior Living in Georgetown, Del. She was born May 28, 1926, in Philadelphia, Pa., to John and Alice Haldeman, and lived in Haddon Heights, N.J., with her parents, a brother and three sisters.

Long was a longtime resident of Frankford, where she lived with her husband and three children following her husband’s graduation from the University of Delaware in 1952.

Long was a member of the Frankford New Century Club where, during her presidency, her efforts led to the creation of the first PTA at John M. Clayton School. She was also a Sunday-school teacher at the Frankford Presbyterian Church and a Title I reading paraprofessional at Frankford Elementary School for more than 20 years.

Before her marriage, she worked in Philadelphia for the Sun Oil Company and was known for her love of dancing to the big bands. Long had extensive collections of records and autographs of the recording stars of the time.

She enjoyed helping her husband remodel the family home, reading to her grandchildren and traveling to picturesque places on the Eastern Shore with family members who were new to the area.

Long was preceded in death by her husband, William S. Long Jr., in 1986. She is survived by her children, Sandra Baker and her husband, David, of Seaford, Del., William H. Long and his wife, Cynthia, of Topsail Island, N.C., and Fredericksburg, Va., and Betsy Pickett and her husband, Michael, of Woodbridge, Va.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Long will be laid to rest in a private ceremony, next to her husband in the Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ocean View, Del. Memorial contributions may be made to the Frankford Presbyterian Church; P.O. Box 548; Frankford, DE 19945. Condolences may be sent online at