BEAVER CITY, Nebraska --Suzan Ilene (Bishop) Long, 60 years of age, of Beaver City, Nebraska, passed away on Aug. 26, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney, Nebraska. Funeral services will be at First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Ivan and Joyce Dean officiating, Private burial for family will be at a later date.
Suzan was born Dec. 13, 1950 in Norton, Kansas. She was the second of five children born to Wesley and Maxine (Stalder) Bishop. She attended country school until the eighth grade and graduated from Beaver City High School in 1969. She received her cosmetology license from Holdrege cosmetology school in 1970. One June 11, 1971, she married Alvah Eugene Long. They lived in Hastings, Nebraska where she was employed by Regis while Alvah finished trade school. In 1972, they moved back to Beaver City where she was employed by the Hair Shaft. Suzan and Alvah had two daughters, Amy and Erika. She opened an in-home daycare to stay home with them and cared for many kids for more than 13 years. She worked at the Beaver City Manor and recently at the Beaver City Senior Center.
Suzan was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver City, where she taught Sunday School for 30 years. She was active in the "For Better or Worse" extension club and was a leader in her local 4-H club. She enjoyed baking, reading, scrapbooking, quilting, sewing and tending her flower garden. She took pride in her work, hobbies and home. Suzan was a loving wife and mother and especially enjoyed her five grandchildren.
On Nov. 2, 2004, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Suzan never complained through her countless surgeries, hospitalizations and numerous rounds of chemotherapy. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and belief in God.
Suzan was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include her husband, Alvah Long of Beaver City. Her daughter, Amy Holcomb and husband, Craig, of Gibbon, Nebraska and their three children, Nathan, Kristen and Madelyn; daughter, Erika Hunt and husband, Ryan of Beaver City and their two children, Mackenna and Kolby; sister, Kathleen Schemper and husband, Howard of Norton; brother, Duane Bishop and wife, Lois of Beaver City; brother, Mark Bishop of Beaver City; sister, Becky Talbott and husband, Chuck of Morrison, Oklahoma; brother-in-law, Keith Long and wife, Charlotte of Council Bluff, Iowa; sister-in-law, Judy Alley and husband, Paige of Beaver City; sister-in-law, Sue Hardenbrook and husband, Butch of Beaver City; brother-in-law, Randy Long and wife, Roxy of Beaver City; and many nieces, nephews and friends,
A memorial has been established in her memory and will be designated at a later date.
Wenburg Funeral Home of Beaver City is in charge of the arrangements.