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Margaret A. Messenger

Margaret A. (Long) Messenger, 89, Oregon, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. 

Margaret was born on Nov. 3, 1924 in Raywick, Ky., to her parents Bernard and Mary (Rumpkin) Mitchell.  

Margaret married Harold “Tuffy” Long on Feb. 7, 1948 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon. 

They were married for 39 years until Tuffy’s death on July 2, 1987.  

Margaret married William Messenger on Jan. 17, 2004 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon.  

She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Catholic Daughters. She loved her God and her church with all her being. 

Survivors include sons, Mike (Patti) Long, Oregon, Harold (Pam) Long, Sanibel, Fla., and Ed Long, Oregon; daughter, Joan (Leonard) Wiggins, Searcy, Ark.; five granddaughters; three grandsons; eight great-granddaughters; and four great-grandsons. 

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Harold “Tuffy” Long; father, Bernard Mitchell; mother, Mary Mitchell; step-mother, Margaret Mitchel; brother, Bud Mitchell; and her grandson, Jeffrey Rauch. 

Christian funeral mass will be held on Friday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon, with Father Joseph Naill, pastor, officiating.  

Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held Thursday, June 12 from 5 to  8 p.m., with rosary recitation at 7:45 p.m. at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 110 S. Seventh St., Oregon. 

A memorial has been established for Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon.

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