LIMA — Shirley M. DeLong, 88, died at 4:22 a.m. July 29, 2013, at St. Rita’s Medical Center.
She was born May 25, 1925, in Indianapolis to George P. and Queen V. Brubaker Shimer, who preceded her in death. On Aug. 19, 1940, she married Glen L. Hornaday, who preceded her in death. On Nov. 29, 1952, she married Ralph A. DeLong Sr., who preceded her in death.
Mrs. DeLong was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and Bible worker. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church, where she held several offices. She was a prayer warrior for Three Angels Broadcasting Network.
Survivors include 11 children, Judy A. (Harold) Nickles, of Lima, Jeannie Harp, of Kenton, Ronald G. (Beverly) Hornaday, of Martinsville, Ind., Carol J. (Randy) Vann and Cathy E. (Jim) Westenberger, both of Broadway, Va., Kenny P. Hornaday, of Kenton, Janice J. (Don) Agler Crismond, of Collinsville, Okla., Ralph A. (Hope) DeLong Jr., of Cridersville, Pastor Steve A. (Susan) DeLong, of Bloomfield, Ind., and Tami J. (John) McCoy and Kelley L. DeLong, both of Lima; 33 grandchildren; 60 great-grandchildren; 23 great-great-grandchildren; three siblings, Paul N. (Alyce) Shimer, of Lebanon, Corrinne A. McAffey, of Reading, and Donald Shimer, of Cincinnati; and several nieces, nephews, church family and friends.
She was preceded in death by a son, Glen L. DeLong; three brothers, James W., Richard L. and Douglas Shimer; and a sister, Paula J. Longmore.
Services will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. Pastors Steve A. DeLong and Don Byard will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery.
Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today and noon until time of services Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lima Seventh Day Adventist Church or Three Angels Broadcasting.
Condolences may be expressed at chiles-lamanfh.com.