Born Sept. 21, 1938, Claudine Long ended her visit here on earth and went home to be with our Heavenly Father on Nov. 30, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her father, Claud Barnett Smith; mother, Lola Cassels Smith; and husband of 18 years, Bill Long.
She is survived by her brother James H. “JH” Smith and his wife Sarah of Llano; niece, Dana Jamette “Jamie” McKee and her husband Bobby of Kenedy; nephew, Brady Barnett Smith and wife Glenda of Austin - their son Brandon Wix, and daughters Drew, Mika, and Riley Smith; and two step sons, David Long and Ricky Long, and their families.
Claudine grew up in Llano, where she was born, attending the Llano schools. She participated in the high school band, playing trombone. She was an accomplished pianist and horsewoman, enjoying both lively, robust music and horseflesh. Claudine could play a wide range of music – anything from honky-tonk tunes to hymns. She continued to play after her retirement and even took more lessons to stay sharp with tickling those ivories.
While growing up, she and JH helped with the cattle their father raised, using the family cow pony. She loved to ride and even trained the horse to chase deer and rabbits – much to Claud’s and JH’s surprise when they (on separate occasions) found themselves in unexpected pursuit of game, rather than on a quiet ride checking stock.
After graduating from Llano High School, Claudine attended Howard Payne University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree. She joined JH and Sarah in Amarillo, where she worked at a local feed mill and a few other jobs before moving to Brownwood. In Brownwood, she worked as a telephone company employee and later worked as secretary to a local attorney. Claudine ultimately found her calling as a school teacher and wife. She married Bill Long Feb. 21, 1969. Bill was a barber in Brownwood at that time and they settled in Blanket, where they raised his two sons. After Bill’s untimely death in 1987, Claudine moved to Brownwood and later retired from the Zephyr school system. She was an active member of the local Texas Retired School Teachers Association and has many friends from her career as an educator.
Hobbies Claudine (affectionately called “Aunt Caukie” by her niece and nephew) enjoyed were crocheting, knitting, embroidery, quilting, sewing, cooking, baking, and reading. She was devoted to her church family and her membership at Calvary Baptist Church, where she taught a ladies’ Sunday School class and served as volunteer in numerous capacities up until the time her illness prevented her from performing her duties.
Claudine will be missed by all of her surviving family and friends, but we all know she is now rejoicing in the presence of our Lord and enjoying a huge family reunion. We rejoice with her.