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Irene DeLong Light, 91, passed to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
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Irene DeLong Light, 91, passed to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 5, 2023.
Irene was born on June 21, 1932 in Franklin County, Virginia to the late Grover Otis DeLong and Ruth Hannabass DeLong. Irene was preceded in death by the love of her life of 66 years, Luther Joseph Light. Her sister, Helen Ruble and brothers, Rudolph DeLong and Jerry DeLong also predeceased her.
Irene is survived by children, Diane Conner and husband, Kevin, Steven Light and wife, Lisa, Dennis Light, and Amy Grammer and husband, Shannon. Irene is survived by grandchildren, Joseph (Joe) Ross and wife, Tarena, Nick Bilbro, Kyndal Grammer Beeker and husband, Austin, Ali Maidmont and husband, Jason, Abigale (Abby) Light, Hannah Light, and honorary grandchild, Derek McIntyre. Irene is also survived by great-grandchildren, Jared (Little Joe) Ross and Ainsley Ross.
She is also survived by a sister, Mary Ann Dalton and husband, Tom and brother, Marvin DeLong and wife, Lynne, and sister-in-law, Shirley DeLong. She is also survived by brother-in-law Howard Light and wife, Shirley, sisters-in-law Mildred Kennedy, Gladys Light, and Ann Light; special nieces, Teri McIntyre and Dawn DeLong, as well as a host of other nieces and nephews.
Irene graduated from Rocky Mount High School. She retired from C&P Telephone Company after 35 years of service. Irene was a long-time member of Waverly Place Baptist Church where she served in many capacities, but in particular in children’s ministries in teaching Sunday School and serving as a children’s choir helper. She was heavily involved in large special events such as the annual Christmas dinner, annual Easter Egg Hunt, and annual car show.
Irene had a servant’s heart and was always doing for others, whether it be family, friends, or complete strangers. She gave of her time and talents to improve one’s life circumstances or simply to brighten one’s day. Irene was an amazing cook and baker and regularly shared her signature pound cakes, among other dishes, with those around her. She was a gifted seamstress, master crocheter and blessed so many with her creations. Irene had a green thumb and took pride in her flowers. Irene’s greatest passion was her family. Her favorite pastime was spending time with the family she loved so dearly.
The family would like to extend our appreciation to the team at Good Samaritan Hospice, especially Debra, Denise, Kirstin and Shana, for all the love and support in providing care to Mom and Dad and our entire family.
The family will receive visitors on Thursday, September 7 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 8 at 2:00 p.m. at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Mark DeLong officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. We will be live-streaming the service for those who cannot attend. Click on the link below to view the service.
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