Verla M. Long

January 22, 1933 ‒ February 09, 2020

Ashland, Ohio

ASHLAND: Passed into eternity on February 9, 2020, Verla Mae Eckelberry Long, born January 22, 1933, to Roxie (Cline) and Moine Monroe Eckelberry in Monroe County, Ohio. She was 87.

Verla lived in the Ashland area most of her life. She met the love of her life Clyde Richard Long and the pair were married on February 19, 1951, and spent 63 years together until he passed away in 2015. Verla worked at Philway Products for 23 years until retiring.

She was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church in Ashland and attended until her health failed. She loved flower gardening and spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Surviving are her sons Richard Long of Westerville and Sam (Colleen) Long of Ashland; grandchildren Matthew (Elisha) Long of Wake Forest, NC, Morgan (Drew) Schenk of Columbus, Brande (Clint) Rowe of West Salem, Aaron (Kasie) Harris and Jason Harris both of Ashland and Nathan (Andrea) Harris of Anderson, IN; 11 great-grandchildren; her sister Dee Cline of Mansfield; sisters-in-law Helen Long and Brenda  Long, both of Loudonville, and Lucy Restille of Mansfield, and Wendy Long of Wooster; several nieces and nephews; and very special friend of the family Sondra Shepard.

In addition to her husband and her parents Verla was preceded by her daughter Penny Edington; sisters Fern Boggs, Mona Dudte and Vernola Shranko; and brother-in-laws Robert “Emo”, Donald, Raymond, Kenneth, and Earl “Jess” Long.

The Long family will receive friends Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel, Loudonville with a funeral service beginning immediately at 1 p.m. Pastor Paul Bartholomew will speak with burial to follow in Loudonville Cemetery.

Contributions in Verla’s memory to Hospice of North Central Ohio or the Mohican Church of the Brethren may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home- Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Verla’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at


  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the Verla Long Family. Verla was a sweet friend of my mother, Laura Hickey, while they were at Belmont together. Mom cherished the times they went out for rides. Verla was such a blessing. I always enjoyed talking and spending time with her and Sam during supper time at Belmont. She was such a character and always made me laugh. She shared with me about her love for Clyde and how much she missed Penny. What a wonderful lady! May the Lord comfort you during this time. Blessings

  • I had the opportunity to take care of Verla at Belmont Tower. Verla put a smile on my face every day, she was ornery and awesome sense of humor! I will always be grateful for our friendship and will miss her dearly. A fond memory I will always cherish is when I would tuck her into bed, I would tell her “I Love you” and she would say “I love you too sweetie”.
    My thoughts & prayers go out to the family of Verla.

  • Verla was a good friend from Appleseed and Mansfield Senior High, Class of 1950. A fun gal who attended our class breakfast any years . Had lost touch with her, May peace be with her family. Be thankful for having her in your life,

  • I had the privilege of knowing and caring for Verla for the last five years. We had a special friendship and I was able to hold her hand in her final moments. I was always able to get her laughing. She was a lovely woman who loved her family dearly. Was always talking about them. I love her so much and will cherish my memories of her. I loved seeing the video of her beautiful life. May the memories give her family peace at this time.

  • Rick and Sam sorry for your loss of Aunt Freckles.I won’t be able to come today I have been sick. Sending love and prayers to all of you.♥️