Louise Robeson Long, 94, visited 48 states and Canada before the age of 18

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Louise Robeson Conner Long

Louise Robeson Conner Long, 94, of Wilmington, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016.

She was born Oct. 21, 1921, at James Walker Memorial Hospital to Lillian Blanchard and Cadwallader Alexander Robeson. She was a direct descendant of Revolutionary War her Col. Thomas Robeson, namesake of Robeson County. Before age 18, she visited all 48 states and Canada, as her father was employed by Atlantic Coastline Railroad.

Louise graduated from New Hanover High School in 1938 and Women’s College (UNC-Greensboro) in 1942 with a bachelor of science degree in secretarial administration.

In 1945, she married Lt. Robert Walter Conner. Captain Conner died in the Korean War. She worked for the US Engineers Office at the Customhouse (Alton Lennon Building), and was personal secretary for Post Engineer Commander at Bluethenthal Field and Dr. Witherspoon, pastor at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church.

During summers, Louise enjoyed living with her young daughter, parents and often her sister and brother-in-law in her Wrightsville Beach house.

In 1953, she married Edwin Godwin Long Jr. She retired and enjoyed a very nice family marriage for 53 years. She was a charter member of St. Andrews Church, which merged with Covenant Presbyterian Church to become St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church. She was a former member of The Stamp Defiance Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, former member of Easter Star, member of the Beaumont (Forest Hills) Bridge Club and Beaumont Garden Club and a member of Cape Fear Country Club.

Remembered are her husband, Edwin Long; sister, Mary Eleanor Robeson Daum; brother-in-law, Robert Harper Daum; and nephew Robert Conner Daum, all of who preceded her in death.

Surviving are her daughter, Ann Louise Conner and husband, Woodrow Rex Fountain, Jr. of Wilmington; cousins, Vivian Blanchard Gray and husband Eric R. Gray of Leland; and Margaret Blanchard Whaley of Rosehill.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at Andrews Mortuary Market Chapel. Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Rob Lapp officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1416 Market St., Wilmington, NC 28401.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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