Lori Reneé Blair-Long

November 06, 1968 ‒ July 18, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Lori Reneé Blair-Long, age 46, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2015 in Ohio Health MedCentral Mansfield Hospital. She endured the effects of Lymphedema, an incurable degenerative disease, for 6 years. The Lord has been merciful and Lori has been set free. She has joined her family in heaven where she can walk, run, and dance!

She was born November 6, 1968 in Mansfield to parents Elden Russell & Carol (Stemple) Blair. On August 7, 1993, she married Tim Long and they shared almost 22 wonderful years of marriage. In 1998 she gave birth to their son Ryan. Lori loved her family with all her heart.

Lori received her undergraduate degree in Deaf Education from Bowling Green State University and graduate education in Special Education from Ashland University. Her passion was sign language. Lori was a beloved teacher of the hearing handicapped with Mansfield City Schools for over 15 years. She left a legacy of love among her students, their parents, and fellow teachers.

Lori was an active member of Lexington Church of the Cross and served as a Sunday school teacher and superintendent for as long as she could.

She is survived by her loving husband Tim Long of Lexington; son Ryan Long; her adopted daughter Alex Long; her mother Carol Blair of Lexington; sister & brother-in-law Amanda & Mike Bays; nephews Jessie and Aaron Bays; and numerous friends and extended family.

In addition to her father Elden Blair, she was preceded in death by paternal and maternal grandparents and many aunts and uncles.

Lori’s family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday, July 23, 2015 in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service honoring her life will be held 11 a.m. Friday. Inurnment will follow in the mausoleum at Oak Grove Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory to the Lexington Church of the Cross Youth Group may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lori’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them—and watch her tribute video—at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Tim,

    I enjoyed learning about Lori’s life today. She was a caring and selfless woman who loved you very much. Her legacy will live on through her students and family.

    Remember I’m only a phone call away this week should you need anything.

    Hannah Snyder, your funeral director

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you this week. I remember baby-sitting for Lori, and how cute she looked as flower girl when Mark and I got married. I remember her singing Christmas songs with us in Mom and Dad’s basement Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

    Lori will surely be missed by all. Please remember and know that she now is celebrating with our Lord and Savior.

    Again, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you through this very difficult time.

    All our love,

    Dave and Karla Nikolaus

  • Dear Tim, Ryan & Alex,
    Lori was such a special person to everyone that knew her. She touched the lives of so many with her kindness, her love, compassion and gentle soul. She was truly a bright & shining star that was ready to shine from the Heavens! I pray peace and healing calm your grieving. Know that Lori’s friends are your friends, too & we’re here for you.

  • As a para for the city schools, I always enjoyed working in Lori’s classroom. She was a beautiful, loving, caring teacher and friend. Thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Tim, Ryan, & Alex
    We’re sorry that Lori has passed and send our condolences; she’ll be missed by many. She fought a long hard battle and loved you all very much. Please take comfort in that Lori is no longer suffering or in pain.
    Christopher & Deanna

    Do not stand at my grave and weep
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on the snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    of quiet birds in circled flight.
    I am the soft stars that shine at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.
    I am with you always.
    -Mary Elizabeth Frye-

  • It is a relief to know that Lori has been freed from her pain — but it is a sadness to know that she is no longer here to share her love and thoughts with family and friends. But her spirit will live on for those who knew and loved her. I remember her mostly as a young girl when she, Carolyn and Josie (all born in November 1968) would get together at the Tryon Family Reunions. She was so full of caring even then — sending supportive thoughts and warm hugs your way.

  • Our daughter Jaime was a student of Mrs. Long. As I read her life story to her she said ” she was an awesome lady, it makes me sad.” We just wanted to say the words are true~ she left a legacy of love among her students. Our prayers to you and the family.

  • Sending the family love and peace during this difficult time. We interpreted together during the Ralph Bell Crusade in 1997. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Marsha Morrow
    Former Deaf Services Coordinator

  • I hope that, in time, there is some comfort found in all the expressions of love and admiration for Lori in life, and in the expressions of sadness and loss at her passing. I know she was an awesome advocate for the children she taught. I remember communicating with her about this since we were both in the intervention field. We even corresponded some between Tryon reunion gathetings. More recently we corresponded about healh-care advocacy issues, and I know she fought her illness courageously. She came from a long line of compassionate, caring educators and extremely loving people. Hold on to the memories in your hearts . That’s where she will ever remain in spirit. My prayers are with you all.

  • Dear Tim, Carol, Ryan, and Alex

    It was with great sadness that I heard of Lori’s passing. What a truly , kind loving person she was with a smile that could light up a room !

    I had the pleasure of knowing Lori as a student, Mom, Step-Mom, and colleague at Prospect Elementary . In each of her roles what always came through was her kindness and caring for her students and family.

    I know that you will miss her and her smile forever ! In the days and weeks ahead, you will be in my prayers and thoughts.

    Shirley Nasipak

  • To the family of Lori:
    I first met Lori when we were both working on our masters at Ashland University and were in classes together! She was such a wonderful person and I enjoyed working with her on projects. Lori shared her recipe for Homemade Salsa (Texas Caviar) during that time and I still love and use that recipe. Later we ended up working together at Prospect School as I had many hearing impaired children in my classroom. She was so helpful and supportive during that time. Loir had a wonderful gift for working with children. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time! May God give you strength to meet each new day! Sincere sympathy!
    Bonnie Palmer

  • My thoughts and prayers go to Tim, Ryan, and Carol and family,

    Lori was the most loving, generous and kind person – always sharing her wonderful smile. She let each person know that she cared about them. Even through these past years of illness and pain, she responded with strength and love.

    I watched Lori grow into an awesome wife and mother. She loved her family with all her heart. And Ryan reminds me of his mom – the same loving heart.

    I will miss her terribly. What a Blessing to have known this lovely lady.

  • I babysat Lori, and her sister Mandy through my high school years. I loved her very much. Later, we reconnected through Church, and it was wonderful to see how much she had accomplished in her life. I am so sad, and very sorry that this community has lost such a loving, giving human being in Lori. Much love to her family.

  • Tim,

    My family and I send you our condolences for Lori. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.