Emily C. Long, 90

Homemaker and poet

April 29, 2007

Emily C. Long, a longtime Baltimore homemaker and poet, died of Alzheimer's disease Wednesday at a continuing care home in Sarasota Bay, Fla. She was 90.

Mrs. Long was born in her family's Forest Park home and attended the Bryn Mawr School for 11 years. When the Depression limited her family's income, she transferred to Catonsville High School, graduating in 1934.

She worked briefly as a secretary and took sculpture classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art, said her daughter, Barbara O' Brien of Upperco.

In 1938, she married Daniel R. Long Jr., who died in 1990. The couple had two children.

Mrs. Long did not officially return to work after marriage, but spent days helping her husband manage the Beach Hill Nursing Home near Hamilton and later the Long Green Nursing Home on Melrose Avenue.

"She was very involved with the patients' care," Mrs. O'Brien said. "We even had patients home for Thanksgiving dinner because they didn't have any family, or at least they didn't have anybody to visit them."

An avid poet, she began sending her works to magazines toward the end of her life. Her daughter said that more than 120 works were published in various periodicals. Early topics included nature, her family and musings about a trip to Pompeii.

Many were written with strict rhyming structure, Mrs. O'Brien said, but in her later years, Mrs. Long experimented with free verse and explored other subjects. "She wrote some sexy ones for her age," Mrs. O'Brien recalled. "She wrote about secret affairs or imagined affairs -- things that she had never touched before."

Services will be private.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Daniel R. Long III of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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