Sharon Kay Long

?Sharon Kay Long, 72, of Mtn. Grove, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born on February 9, 1942 in Denver, Colorado, the daughter of Willard Oren and Florence (Proe) Hoffarth.

Sharon grew up in Pine, Colorado, and moved to Missouri in 1961. She married the love of her life, Bruce, on June 21, 1962 in Mtn. Grove. She ran Long’s Express for 14 years and also worked as a waitress at City View Café. She worked for the St. John’s ambulance service as an EMT for 18 years until her health began to fail.

She was baptized in 1991 and at the time of her passing she was a member of Almost Home Ministries where she loved to attend and teach children’s church and Sunday school as long as her health permitted.

Sharon always put her family first. In her younger years she loved being at Montauk State Fish Hatchery opening morning awaiting the sound of the sirens with her son, Don. She enjoyed spending time at the golf course and bowling alley where she was active in the ladies’ leagues. Recently as she and her daughter, Jackie, were out for their daily drive, she stated that she thought she was still able to get out and swing a club.

She was preceded in death by her father, Willard Oren Hoffarth; her son-in-law, Gary Eugene Stigall; and her grandparents, Lewis Sylvester and Gracie Elizabeth Hoffarth and Winfield Scott and Bessie May Proe.

She is survived by her husband, Bruce Long of their home in Mtn. Grove; her mother, Florence Hoffarth of Mtn. Grove; her son, Don Looper and wife Jeannie of Pontiac, Missouri; her daughter, Jackie Stigall of Mtn. Grove; her brother, Gene Hoffarth and wife Phyllis of Pueblo West, Colorado; her sisters, Nancy Land of Strafford, Missouri, Jody Colbert and husband Bob of O’Fallon, Missouri, and Bonnie Hoffarth of Mtn. Grove; her grandchildren, Nathan Looper and wife Jennifer of Waynesville, Missouri, Jeremy Looper and Michelle Hughes of Greenville, Texas, Beth VanGilder and husband Schuyler of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Jared and Ashley Emery of Jefferson City, Missouri, Stephanie Lahammer of Mtn. Grove, Amanda Pridemore and husband Zach of Mtn. Grove, Shane Stigall and Tori Fine of Macomb, Missouri, and Kayla Meierotto and husband Josh of Oakes, North Dakota; 16 great-grandchildren and numerous other friends and family. She will be missed by everyone that knew her and her pleasant smile.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Almost Home Ministries in Mtn. Grove with Jerry Ratterree, Zach Pridemore and Brian Holycross officiating. Pallbearers were Nathan Looper, Jeremy Looper, Zach Pridemore, Shane Stigall, Jared Emery, Dustin Curtis and RJ Looper. Interment was in Mtn. Valley Cemetery near Mtn. Grove under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.

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