Betty lou Long, 72, died peacefully in her home May 12, surrounded by family. She was born May 13, 1944 in Kingman to Bob and Lois Bolin. She was raised in various parts of the country, but her family settled in Glendale in 1960 after her father retired from the U.S. Air Force.
Mrs. Long graduated in 1962 from Peoria High School, and attended Arizona State University. She was a big Sun Devil fan. She worked for a brief time in the personnel department for the City of Peoria. A career move took her to downtown Phoenix, where she worked for OIC for 26 years. During that time, she was in charge of the annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast. She also volunteered with many inner city events.
Her vocation was cats and her favorite pastime was reading and discussing national and world events with family and friends. She was also a master of the crochet hook, and created colorful throws and afghans for her close friends and family.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Don “Rocky” Bolin.
She is survived by four daughters, Karla Salaz (Paul) of Texas, Kristy Harrison (Bill) of Glendale, Karen Beech (Jeffrey) of Michigan, and Debbie Smith (Roger) of Michigan; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.