Mary (Mills) Long, 92, loving widow of Dr. Robert P. “Bob” Long, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, with her family by her side.
Born in Pittsfield, Mass., the daughter of the late Clarence and the late Helen (Volin) Mills, she received her nursing education at Meriden Hospital through the Army Cadet Nursing Corps, and began her nursing career at Waltham Regional Hospital in Massachusetts. She was a lifelong nurse, deeply devoted to the care and healing of every patient under her care. That devotion was at the core of her soul. After temporarily suspending her nursing career to raise her three children, she returned to nursing at the former New Britain Memorial Hospital, where she served as head nurse for many years. Her commitment to excellence and compassion in patient care provided the foundation for the creation of an annual nursing award that was named in her honor. Mary was a humble person of deep faith who possessed the capacity for boundless unconditional love. She was a loving member of the Berlin Congregational Church for more than 60 years, and shared, with her late husband, the joys of simple, basic things: time with family and friends, time on the beach in Groton Long Point or Wellfleet, tending to her gardens, or a good book.
She was a devoted grandmother, actively involved in the lives of her grandchildren who loved them very much, and they loved her deeply. As a wife, she placed her husband first in her life, as he did with her. They had a wonderful romance, a life together for 58 years. As partners, they were individuals of significant accomplishment, but their greatest joy was spending time together. During the last years of Bob’s life, she was his strongest and most supportive advocate and caregiver.
Mary is survived by three sons, Michael Long and his wife Elizabeth Nocera of Essex, Christopher Long and his partner Cindy of Westerly, R.I., and Timothy Long and his wife Kristen of Berlin; her beloved brother, Robert Mills of Wallingford; 11 grandchildren, Joshua, Andrew, Meagan, David, Katelyn, Zachary, Jack, Jayce and Jenna Long, and Bennett and Aline Nocera; three great-grandchildren, Cody, Lily and Judah Long; and several nieces and nephews and their families. She was predeceased by her brother, Sandy Mills; her sister-in-law, Dorothy Mills; and her niece, Sally Mills. Her family would like to acknowledge the friendship, devotion, and love of special friends, the Dolan family, and also express their appreciation to the entire staff of the Middlesex Healthcare Center for their compassionate care and support, with special thanks to Renee and her staff in the Middlebrook Unit.
A memorial service will be held Friday, Auf. 11, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Berlin Congregational Church. Burial in Maple Cemetery, Berlin, will be at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Berlin Congregational Church, 878 Worthington Ridge, Berlin. Porter’s Funeral Service in Kensington is assisting with arrangements.