Mari Alice Long-Rader

March 29, 1927 ‒ December 28, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

Mari Alice Long-Rader passed away Monday, December 28, 2015 in the Kingston of Ashland nursing home. She was 88.

She was born March 29, 1927 to parents Budd & Elsie (Knightstep) Goodwin in Ontario. After Mari Alice graduated from Mansfield Senior High School with the class of 1945, she later went on to become the matriarch of her family and raise two wonderful children.

Her love for the Lord kept Mari Alice very active in her church, Chapel Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed playing the piano during worship, singing in the choir and also singing alongside the Sweet Adelines. Throughout the years Mari Alice was also involved with several community organizations and took pleasure in going to The Grange.

In her spare time, Mari Alice enjoyed cooking, baking and gardening. But above all, Mari Alice cherished spending time with her family. Christmases and family reunions with her will never be forgotten. She wrote and put together holiday skits. Mari Alice would have her whole family, begrudgingly at times, participate. With poems and written scripts, they acted out the skits along with props and costumes. At Christmas, everyone sang carols as she played the piano, cousins showed off their musical talent, and gag gifts were distributed that summed up the family member’s year. They were the “Best of Times”. These are some of her family’s fondest memories that will never be forgotten.

She is survived by children Dennis (Connie) Long of Orange Park, FL., and Lora (Marty) Moritz of Lexington; grandchildren Jason (Michelle) Dials of Lexington, Ryan (Joy) Dials of Lexington, Eric (Jen) Long  of Seattle, WA, Keri (Roy) Lewis of Jacksonville, FL, and Matthew Moritz of Chicago, IL; step-grandchildren Scott Moritz and Jill McDougall of Jacksonville, FL; six great-grandchildren Alexis Dials, Jack Dials, Trevor Dials, Megan Dials, Sam Long, and Max Long; three step-great grandchildren Jakeb, Kaylie, Alexis and sister-in-law Osa Goodwin.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Eugene Forest Long, her parents, and her brother Don Goodwin.

Mari Alice’s family will receive friends Monday, January 4, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home; along with a funeral service on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Pastor Laura White will be officiating with burial to follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

For contributions in her memory, make checks payable to Chapel Hill United Methodist Church and bring or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Mari Alice’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • Mari Alice always had a fond place in my heart as the Long Family always had a rich history of getting together as families at holidays and reunions. And I too was part of her skits at our various reunions. Between her and my Mom they kept our memories of those times fresh in my mind yet today. All of the cousins were richly blessed by the Long Family to have grown up in such a family and Mari Alice was always at the center of it. We will miss her, but have wonderful memories of the times she helped create not only in the later years, but also when we were really young. I remember nothing, but wonderful fun and memories when I think of her.

    Our prayers are with the family members who are grieving now and missing her already. However, as most of us are old enough to have lost a loved one in the past, once the hurting eases, we know her spirit will always be with you and when you think of her, you’ll remember all those good times you had.

    As the Bible states, to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Mari Alice is now with her Lord who she has faithfully served for many years. I know we don’t know what actually goes on in heaven, but if there are reunions, many members of her family are having another one.

    We’re thinking of you family, may God bless you in this difficult time.


    Andrea & Lowell

  • Dear Family members,
    I became acquainted with Mari Alice in high school. I became better acquainted with all of her talents in the beginning days of the Grace Brethren Church. She sang in a girl’s quartet. I could not sing very well and still can’t, but her love for music was a special gift. Mari Alice was a bridesmaid for me in 1954. When I visited Mansfield, I made it a point to see her. In later years, we would take her to class reunions. Her home was always decorated so nicely and she had an artistic touch. I shall miss her telling me of flights with the grandson training to be a pilot and how proud she was when he made it and her activities in her church. I shall cherish my memories and trust that you all will thank God for the gift he gave us in Mari Alice.
    Norma Konves Crawford

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time .May Gods hand be a reassuirng presence in this time of grief .

  • Dennis, Lora and Family, Mari Alice and entire Long family were a part of my early years, many years ago, with the activities of Jefferson Grange. I remember her as Lecture, when she would put together very interesting programs. She always had a pleasant smile and a word of encouragement for everyone. Mari Alice wrote a very kind letter to me when my mother passed that I will cherish forever. Peace Be With You…