|Birth: ||Jun. 23, 1929|
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 2007|
Mary Lou (Long) Lord, 77, resident of Indio, CA for 68 years passed away in Rancho Mirage on April 9, 2007. She was born in Comanche, OK on June 23, 1929 to John D. Long and Ruby Marie (Berry) Long.
Mary Lou married William S. 'Bill' Lord on November 13, 1955 at Palm Springs, CA with Reverend James H. Blackstone officiating. While they had no children, the Lords had a full life together surrounded by many friends and relatives.
In 1939, her family moved to Indian Wells and later settled on Arabia Street, Indio across from the National Date Festival as her father operated the Robert Cosgrove Date Ranch. Mary Lou attended local schools graduating from Coachella Valley High School in 1947. In school, she made a lifelong friend in Terry Bisbee Morrison, now of Norco, CA.
Mary Lou shall be remembered for her dedication and personal loyalty to all including her two professions. As a senior in high school, she was working in the office for Superintendent B. Gail Brumwell when Physician B. Gene Morris, owner of Indio's Casita Hospital, inquired about a prospective employee. Mary Lou filled the bill for 26 years until the hospital was sold and Doctor Morris passed away.
Upon making application to the Registrar, College of the Desert, former superintendent B. Gail Brumwell was again instrumental in recommending her appointment. Mary Lou often related that after her first day of registration she had handled over fifty students that she had typed most of their birth certificates at Casita Hospital and vowed when those enrolling had kids to be registered at the college, she would retire. That didn't happened, but Mary Lou did clerk at the college for 16 years before retiring.
With husband Bill's more than 30 year career retiring as
Battalion Chief, California Division of Forestry and Mary Lou's lifelong friends of the Coachella Valley, the couple had always participated in many local, county, and state-wide activities.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 51 years; two sisters, June Reed of Thermal and Betty Schoenberg of Placentia, CA. June and Betty were anticipating an unusual occurrence at Mary Lou's next birthday when the three sisters would have been 80, 79, and 78 respectively.
Uncle Bill and "Auntie Mary" have been known to love their nieces and nephews, Kenny and Ron Bryant, Sacramento, Steven Reed, Thermal, Gary Reed, Palm Desert, Susan Reed Cameron Park, CA, Deborah Wright, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Kathleen Trevino, Lompoc, CA, Kimberly White, Suwanee, Georgia; grandnieces and grandnephews, Taylor Reed, John Lischer, Travis Lischer, Katy Wright, Zachary Trevino, Emma Trevino, Melanie White, and Jake White. All are very
upset, shocked, and saddened by her untimely passing.
Also, among surviving cousins are Phyllis Hughes of Tucson, AZ and David Long of Lompoc, CA who plan to attend the services.
Reverend Scott H. Andrews will conduct funeral services at 1:00 p.m., Friday, April 13, 2007 at the FitzHenry Chapel, 82-975 Requa Avenue, Indio. Interment is to follow at the Coachella Valley Cemetery with refreshments afterwards at the Coachella Masonic Lodge.
Christina Walker, soloist, will sing Amazing Grace and Down to the River to Pray. Pall bearers are Michael Bolton, Richard Davis, Mert Gayler, Dennis Juhola, Prince Pierson, and Thomas Taylor.
Donations may be given to the Coachella Valley Historical Society and Museum, Indio, CA on her behalf.
Published in The Desert Sun on 4/11/2007.
Coachella Valley Public Cemetery
Created by: Cindy R
Record added: May 11, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19344850
To a life well lived and a person well loved! May those you miss you be comforted by the sunshine you brought to their lives.|
Added: Nov. 26, 2012