Jean H. Long (Babbo)

Sunday, June 2, 1940 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021

A Beloved Lady

Photo of Jean H. Long (Babbo)  - 1940-2021

Waynesville- Jean H. Long (Babbo), age 80, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

A lifelong native of Haywood County, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Samuel Hardin and the late Mary Ruth Stevens Hardin.  Jean attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.  Jean had been employed as a legal secretary for several attorneys in Haywood and Buncombe Counties.  Mrs. Long was a member of Waynesville First Baptist Church. She was a talented artisan and craftsman and Jean’s last crafting project was making beautiful handmade greeting cards. Jean held a special concern for animals, especially cats and she was a strong advocate for the welfare and care of all animals. She loved her family deeply and Jean’s precious memory will be held forever in their hearts.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Harold D. Long who passed away in 2018.

Surviving are her children, Cammy Woodbery of Waynesville and Jody Long and his wife Tracy Long of Clyde; her grandchildren, Wesley Woodbery and wife Cindy, Lyndsey Long, and Cody Long; and a great-grandson, Carter Woodbery.

A graveside funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Mrs. Long will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, March 6, 2021 at Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. The Rev. Dr. T. David Phillips will be officiating.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Long’s memory to FUR of WNC, 38 Safe Haven Drive, Waynesville, NC 28786

Crawford / Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Long family.

Condolences from family and friends

Jody, Tracy, Lyndsey and Cody I wish I had pretty words that would help during this time of grief, but I don't. Some hurts never heal; the scar remains. Hold your memories close.
Barbara B. Freeman
I remember Mrs. Long from my years of working at the library. She was always friendly and smiling. Such a very nice lady in every way. Prayers to the family for their loss.
Lane Messer
Jean was a joyful person to be around. She always had comical experiences as she went about doing everyday things. I will miss her joy and laughter.
Carole Talman
I will miss you my friend! Thank you for all the memories and the birthday celebrations together! My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time. She loved her family dearly and will be missed by all of you. Rest in Peace Jean. Love you
Amy Warren
I am so sorry to see this. I knew and worked with Jean for many years. She was a kind, friendly, lovely woman. I will miss seeing her and catching up.
Teresa Robbins
Prayers for all the family
Ed Massey
I was privileged to have worked with Jean for many years. She was at all times an intelligent, caring and compassionate person to be with. Her wonderful sense of humor and kindness for others, including me and my family, were and will continue to be a great inspiration to me.
Michael Jordan
We spent our elementary and high school years with Jean -- graduating together at Clyde High School in 1958. We shared many happy events together -- football and basketball games, cheerleading, outings, parties, classes, trips to Washington and New York. She made us laugh, she was a good friend, and we were blessed to be part of her life for all those years. Our love and sympathy are extended to her children and family during this difficult time. May God's peace and love surround you with much comfort and support. Cordially, Mike and Theresa Leatherwood
Mike and Theresa Leatherwood
Dear Jody, Tracy, and Family, I wish I could be there today but am sending heartfelt sympathy, love, hugs, and prayers for you all and am with you in spirit. As I’ve said before, I can’t remember a time when our families weren’t friends and will always cherish memories of the Longs visiting with my family at my grandparents’. On behalf of all my family we send condolences, love, and prayers to your dear family. May God bless and comfort you all.
Dawn Jones Marshall
We are so sorry for the loss of Jean. She was a beautiful lady. Her father joe was my father's Lewis 1st cousin.
Janet and Dorothy Mccracken
Jody, Cammy, and family, I am devastated to learn of Jean’s passing. As you know, we were “cohorts in crime” as far as our card making was concerned. Every time I called her, she had a list of things to ask me about (because she refused to sign up for internet access), and we would spend hours talking. I miss her more than I can say. I love the photo of Jean because it captures her very essence. Because someone I love is in Heaven, there’s a little bit of heaven in my heart.
Linda Edwards