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Wilma Glee Long

Born: Sun., Dec. 13, 1931
Died: Sat., Jul. 31, 2021


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Wilma Glee Long, age 89 of Burkesville, Kentucky passed away on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Cumberland Valley Manor. Glee was born on December 13, 1931 in Cumberland County, KY to the late Demon Rush and Emlie Long Rush.
She was a a member of New Sulphur Baptist Church and had attended Liberty United Methodist Church. She had worked at Cumberland Valley Manor, Bob Evans, and Sutton's.  She enjoyed quilting, sewing, and gardening.   In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one daughter, Debra Long and one grandson, Christopher Long.

Survivors Include:
One Son- Gary Long and his wife Amy of Fleming Island, Florida
One Brother- Lyle Rush of Louisville, KY
One Sister- Noxie Miles of Indianapolis, IN
Two Grandchildren- Lacie Longfellow of Fleming Island, Florida and Emily Long of New York, New York     
and a host of other relatives and friends.

All services will be private. Ballou & Stotts Funeral Home in charge of funeral arrangements. 

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Jim Key
   Posted Mon August 23, 2021
I was broken-hearted at hearing about Glee's departure. The last time I talked with her on the phone, I told her a friend & I planned to come visit her again before this summer was over. She said, "Well, I hope I can last that long." I told her to not go anywhere until we visited.
Glee is one of the most sweet-souled, and continuously kind people I've ever met. She told me that my mom and my aunt, Golda and Norma Neeley, were 2 of her best friends growing up. From childhood onward, I would see Glee on rare occasions when the distanced groups of people could converge to visit, and I've heard her name mentioned in conversations all my life. She was never spoken of except in terms of endearment. Everyone in the family thought highly of her.
My cousin Sandy and I were in Burkesville for my uncle's funeral in September 2018, and visited Glee 3 times over the period of that week. We sat talking in her living room or on the front porch, looked through her beautiful stitched works and artwork. I even took photos of some of her creations, and of her own pictures. I had asked her earlier if she ever sold any of those beautiful quilts. She said "Sometimes," and mentioned she'd sold one awhile back for $200 or $250. So when we saw this lovely quilt with wide yellow border, I asked Glee if she would be willing to sell it. She said, "No, if you like it, you can have it." I laughed and told her that was a definite NO - this was a piece of artwork and it would feel awful to take this for nothing. It would be respectful of the artist if I couldn't be allowed to honor her by paying for something as valued as this. I convinced her to accept the money. To this day, I've never put that quilt on a bed, and will likely hang it on a wall in my house. Like the piece of artwork it is.
I called Glee every few months after that visit, to talk awhile, and she was always uplifting to talk with. When my aunt Norma told me Glee had passed away, I simply groaned an, "Ohhh noooo." Norma said, "I know. I feel so bad about that. We have lost so many good people."
I look forward to meeting Glee again, somehow somewhere. I'm sure I'll recognize her glowing spirit. In the meantime, those of us left here will have to simply miss the glow of her not being somewhere nearby. I am deeply sorry for those of you in her family. What a tender loss.
I am grateful to Glee, and for the light touch with which she affected those around her. Bless you, Glee, in all ways, for what you shared with us here.

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