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Violet Arbelle Long

Violet Arbelle (Mathis) Long, was born on Mother’s Day, May 13, 1923, in Wright County, Missouri. She was the first of six children born to Virgil Lee and Harriet Ethel (Smith) Mathis. She departed this life on October 6, 2012 in Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri.

She went to meet her Savior and to be reunited with her beloved husband of 73 years, Luel, whom she missed so very much. They were united in marriage on December 21, 1938 in Harrisonville, Missouri. Three children were born to this union.

Violet was saved and baptized at an early age and was a faithful follower of the Lord. She attended church as long as her health permitted.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She believed there was no higher calling than this. She taught her family to love God and live their lives in a way that would be pleasing to Him.

Violet’s love of music was evident since the age of three, when her mother told she would stand on a stump and sing with all her might. She played guitar and fiddle and sang in church and at other local functions. She had her own little band for a few years called The Ozark Mountain Gang. She was thrilled that in her golden years she got to record in Nashville with some of the members of Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys. She recorded her last CD there at age 80.

She was an accomplished seamstress, designing some of her own clothes while still in her teens. She was a wonderful cook and was especially known for her chicken and dumplings and cinnamon rolls.

Besides her parents and husband Luel, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Holland, and a brother, Fay Mathis.

She is survived by her son, Vernon Long and wife Virginia, and her daughter, Connie Dake and husband, Junior, all of Mtn Grove, Missouri; a son-in- law, Derek Holland of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; her grandchildren, Lynn Long and wife Sheila of Mtn Grove, Vicki Johnson and husband Greg of West Plains, Missouri, Tim Dake of Springfield, Missouri, Rebekah Dowden and husband Kyle of Springfield, Jamey Holland and wife Melissa of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and Ben Holland of Lee’s Summit; ten greatgrandchildren; three great-great- granddaughters; one brother, Ray Mathis and wife Bessie of Mtn. Grove; three sisters, Eva Mayfield and husband Bill and Ann Arnall and husband Lee, all of Mtn Grove, and Lois Hall of Eugene, Oregon; a sister-in-law, Lola Mathis of Paola, Kansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends who will miss her very much.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, October 10, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Jerry Ratterree and Kyle Dowden officiating. Jerry and Irene Ratterree and Alvin and Andy Bressler will provide the music. Song selections will be “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “Far Side Banks Of Jordan,” and “I Can Hear the Angels Singing.” Pallbearers will be Lynn Long, Chad Johnson, Ben Holland, Jamey Holland, Kyle Dowden and Greg Johnson. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernon Sawyers, Robby Fare and Glenn Long. Burial will be in Mtn. Valley Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

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