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October 13, 2019

Sheila Long

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2019, at the First Baptist Church (Waynoka, Oklahoma) with Rev. Len Coulter, pastor of Elm Flat Christian Church, officiating. Interment will be in the Waynoka Municipal Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home (Alva, Oklahoma).

Sheila Kathleen Long (Aline, Oklahoma) the daughter of the late Clayton Foster and Ruth E. (Carr) Sparks, was born March 17, 1938, in Canadian, Texas, and passed quietly from this life on October 9, 2019, in Fairview, Oklahoma, at the age of 81 years, 6 months and 22 days.

Sheila grew up in Amarillo, Texas, where she graduated from Amarillo High School and Amarillo Beauty College. She was a member of the Elm Flat Christian Church (Cleo Springs) and the Alva Camping Club. She worked as a beautician at the LaCasa Salon (Amarillo) and in her home (Waynoka).

Sheila was a delightful and ornery girl. In her young days she loved gardening, canning, boating and friends. She delighted in teaching her children and grandchildren how to fish, and play cards and board games. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, game shows ("Price is Right") and scratch art.

As a young adult she married Gustave Frank. Her young family lived in Amarillo, Texas; suburban Nashville, Tennessee; and New Orleans, Louisiana. To this union two children, Clayton Ray Frank and Sharra Kay (Frank) Palm, were born.

On July 6, 1974, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Darrel Wayne Long, in Amarillo, Texas. They enjoyed 45 years of marriage residing in Amarillo, Texas; Waynoka, Oklahoma; and on their farm west of Aline, Oklahoma. She was a loving and devoted wife and she loved with every fiber of her being.

Sheila was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Ronald Sparks.

She is survived by her husband: Darrel Long of the home (Waynoka–Aline), one son, Clayton Ray Frank (Waynoka), one daughter, Sharra Kay Palm and husband Don (Portland, Ore.); two stepsons, Wayne Long and his wife Arthetta (Douglass, Kansas) and Glenn Long and his wife Vonnie, (Wichita, Kansas).

Additionally, she is survived by eight grandchildren: Thomas Palmer and his wife Linda (McKinney, Texas), Nathan Long and his wife Wendy (Minco, Oklahoma), Amber (Long) Hopper and her husband Matt (Derby, Kansas), Chasity Long (Wichita, Kansas), Jonathan Goss (Fairview, Oklahoma), Jordan Frank (Lubbock, Texas), Michelle Warren and her husband Chris (Nashville, Tennessee), and Hanson Long and his wife Ashlyn (Wichita, Kansas); nine great-grandchildren; Alyssa Palmer and Logan Palmer (McKinney, Texas), Taylor and Tanner Knox and Maci and Maverick Hopper (Derby, Kansas) Samantha Halberg, Alice (A.J.) Long and Koal Long (Minco, Oklahoma); and one great-great granddaughter; Alexis Hunt (Minco).

Memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation for heart or diabetes research.

Remembrances may be shared with the family at


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