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Cleta Mae Long Howdyshell
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Obituary for Cleta Mae Long Howdyshell

Cleta Mae Long Howdyshell, 94, of Bridgewater, passed away Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at her home.

She was born in Rockingham County on January 17, 1924, and was a daughter of the late Cloyd and Cora (Smiley) Long.

Cleta retired from Shen-Mar in the early 1980's. She was a member of Spring Creek Church of the Nazarene. Cleta loved her family more than anything. She enjoyed flowers, her gardening and her cats.

She is survived by five children, Dennison Ray Howdyshell and wife Kathey, Donna Miller and husband Bill, Timothy Howdyshell, all of Bridgewater, Dale Howdyshell of Churchville, and Carlyn Driver of Dayton; three sisters, Maxine Click, of Bridgewater; Pearl Metz, of Bridgewater; Janet Lea Long, of Bridgewater; a brother, Doyle Long, of Bridgewater. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Christopher Howdyshell and wife Jennifer, Amanda Howdyshell, Shelley Miller, Gail Delaney and husband Joe, Tyson Howdyshell and wife Rachel, Mindy Harris and husband Ritchie, Jessica Pettit and husband Roger, and Brenton Cave and wife Beth; fifteen great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Karen Howdyshell, great-granddaughter, Jordan Long, and brother, Arnold Long.

A graveside service will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 3:00 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018 with Pastor Kathy Puffenbarger officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jordan Christine Long Memorial Scholarship, c/o Rockingham Educational Foundation, 100 Mount Clinton Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 22802.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater

graveside service




3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cedar Hill Cemetery

2488 North River Rd.
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Pastor Kathy Puffenbarger officiating.

Cemetery Details


Cedar Hill Cemetery

2488 North River Rd.
Bridgewater, VA 22812

Memorial Contribution

Jordan Christine Long Memorial Scholarship

c/o Rockingham Educational Foundation
100 Mount Clinton Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

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