September 12, 2002
MARY K. LONGSTRETH
(1/17/1907 - 9/5/2002)
Mary Amanda Kinney Longstreth was born January 17, 1907, in Woodbine, IA, to Harvey Almeron and Minnie Smith Kinney.
She died September 5, 2002, at The Clark Retirement Community, Grand Rapids, MI, where she had been a resident for 21 years.
She served in many areas including directing the Clark Choir for eight years and was organist for special occasions.
Mary was a member of First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids, MI.
She was preceded in death by her husband, The Reverend Wilbur Ellsworth Longstreth. Wilbur and Mary faithfully served Methodism together in the Missouri and Missouri East Conference 38 years, Oak Grove M.E., Oak Grove, MO, Carrollton M.E., Carrollton, MO, Memphis Methodist Church, Memphis, MO, Wilkes Blvd., Methodist Church, Columbia, MO, First UMC and Harper's Chapel, Montgomery City, MO. They also worked together in church family camping activities at Camp Joy (presently known as Camp Hickory Hill) and the development of Camp Jo-Ota, Missouri Conference Camp.
Mary was consecrated as Diaconal Minister, and served at Rocheport UMC, Rocheport, MO, for 11 years after Wilbur's death.
Mary is survived by her son, John Kinney Longstreth and his wife, Barbara Longstreth, granddaughter, Julie Katharyn Longstreth, all of Portland, MI; grandson, Christopher Longstreth, his wife, Sharon Longstreth, and two great-grandchildren, Samuel John and Emily Amanda Longstreth, all of Mt. Clemens, MI; her daughter, Mary Zonola Longstreth and companion, Marcia Knight of Indianapolis, IN.
Mary graduated from high school in Woodbine, IA, in 1924. She was a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1928 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1929. Following college, Mary taught Public School Music in Woodbine, IA. She did graduate study in pipe organ at Northwestern University, where she met and married Wilbur Longstreth. In 1962, she received her Master of Arts degree in Church Music History from the University of Missouri.
Mary was a Certified Minister of Music and was chair of the National Fellowship of Methodist Musicians four years. She served on General Boards of the Methodist Church, was Chair of the National Committee on Spiritual Life, Woman's Home Missionary Society. Mary was a delegate to three General Conferences and in 1966 was a delegate to the World Methodist Conference in London. She served on various Missouri East and Missouri Conference Commissions.
Mary served on the Board of Trustees of Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, TX from 1952-1977. She was a member of the International P.E.O. Sisterhood IT Chapter, Columbia, MO.
Contributions in Mary's memory may be made for Camp Hickory Hill, to the Central Missouri Diabetic Children's Camp, Inc., Columbia, MO or the Missouri United Methodist Foundation, Chesterfield, MO.
Funeral services will be held at Wilkes Blvd. United Methodist Church in Columbia, MO, Saturday, September 14, 2002, at 2:30 p.m. Friends are invited to join the family at the church for hymn singing and story telling beginning at 12:30 p.m.