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Obituary: Melissa L. Long


Melissa L. Long

Melissa L. (Miss) Long, age 54, passed away on July 24, 2016 in Eagle River. She died from complications of cancer and COPD. She was born in Longview, Washington on November 7, 1961. Attended schools in Longview, and met and married her ex-husband Harold Long in Reno, Nevada.

Melissa lived in Valdez on and off since 1986 and moved here permanently in 1995. Melissa had just celebrated her 105th day of sobriety and being tobacco free. She was very proud of this accomplishment in the hopes of spending many more years watching her grandchildren grow up. She was very fond of her dog friends, Koda, and Chewy. Melissa was well known for having a compassionate heart to those whom knew her, never allowing you to leave her house hungry or cold. She was a well-known philanthropist in her own right and knowing a broad variety of people throughout the world, as passionately as she was you certainly would have known if she didn't like you.

Melissa was recently heart-broken at the loss of custody of her grandson in December, regretfully she had gone into a deep depression following the loss of what we saw as "her heart". Fortunately, she'd never given up hope of being able to have a second chance with her grandchild even though she never got it. This was the driving force behind her sobriety as well as her choice of her own wellbeing with the hope of being reunited with her grandson.

The last four months she spent with her sisters Michelle and Kyla and their families in Valdez as well as many hours on the telephone with her childhood friend Brenda Elliott. Also spending as much time as possible with her close friends, her sister Kyla, Marty Brown, Tattoo Thompson, Steve Alley Sr and James Holesapple.

Melissa was an amazing sister and grandmother especially these last four months before her passing. Regretfully it took the diagnosis of her own ill health to remind me of the love I have for my own family, my sisters Melissa and Kyla and my brothers Mike and Bill and others. Let's all take this as a reminder of the things that we might take for granted in the love of others.

Melissa is survived by her daughter Angela Long (Fernando) and grandchildren Patience, Julianna and Corben and son Aaron Long and grandson Mally all of Longview, Washington. Sister Michelle Rodgers (Michael) of Valdez: niece Jennifer Loreaux of Medford Falls, New Jersey and nephews Joseph, William, Shaun and Michael Jr all of Alaska. Brother William Hughes (Penny) niece Amber and nephew Cody of Washington, Sister Kyla Hughes and nephews James (Meta} and Nate of Valdez: Brother Michael (Hannah) of Soldotna: Sister Keli Albright (Richard) and nephews Kristopher of Valdez and Kevin in Washington.

A "Celebration of Life" will take place on Wednesday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m. at Dock Point, one of Melissa's favorite spots in Valdez. Father Eric will be officiating and anyone wishing to share a story may do so. It will be a potluck so please bring a dish to share. Dessert and coffee provided and there is to be NO ALCOHOL on the premises nor in you because if I can smell it you will be escorted off the premises. A table will be set up for a display of pictures, and a guest book please print name and address. We are Celebrating her sobriety and honoring her life.

On Thursday, August 11 a private family only internment will take place at the City of Valdez Cemetery at the Columbarium with Father Eric officiating.


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