Long, Ellen J., Saginaw, Michigan

Passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2014 at Covenant Harrison at the age of 81 years. The daughter of the late Alvin E. and Ilo M. (Lucas) Spaulding was born September 11, 1932 in Lakeview, Michigan. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and was a lifelong Spartan Fan. She received her Master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Ellen married Richard Long in 1954 who predeceased her in 1969. Ellen was an avid knitter and leaves a legacy of many unique hand knit Christmas socks. Surviving are three children and their spouses, Michael and Jeanie Long; Patricia and Don Gilbert; Kathryn and Ken Burger; five grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer and David Bellairs; Jessica Long and her fiancé, John Lemyre; Ben and Kate Long; Alison Long; Whitney Gilbert; five great grandchildren; a brother, Jack Spaulding; a brother-in-law, Sid Pollack; nine nieces and nephews. A sister, Elta Pollack, has predeceased her. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the W. L. Case and Co. Funeral Chapel, 4480 Mackinaw Road. Rev. Rob Richards will officiate. Friends may call at the Chapel from 12:00 p.m. Saturday until the time of the memorial service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider the Great Lakes Bay Region of the Child Abuse and Neglect Council, 1311 N. Michigan Ave. Saginaw, MI 48602 or the Lifeline Family Center, 907 S.E. Fifth Ave. Cape Coral, FL 33990. www.casefuneralhome.com