Clorene Elizabeth Carroll Long was born April 16, 1937 to Martha Goode-Carroll (deceased) and John Carroll (deceased). By divine providence, following the death of her mother during her early childhood, she was subsequently raised by the only mother she really knew Clorene Carroll-Mariner, as one of six siblings: Earl (Stack), Clorene (Frog), Grace (Bo-peep), John (Sport), Sandra (Little Monk) and Juollie (Jay-bird). Clorene’s formal education occurred in the public schools of Macon, North Carolina and Henderson, North Carolina. Her graduation from Hawkins High School in Henderson preceded the family’s migration from the south to Brooklyn, NY (Fort Greene/Clinton Hill) in 1954.
Clorene was an outstanding role model as she lovingly, gracefully and meticulously balanced her family and career lives through the civil rights period that coincided with her early marital and professional life. In 1957 she met her soul mate, Anderson C. Long Jr. It was clear to both of them that they’d met the love of their respective lives, and after their courtship period they wedded on Sept. 19, 1958. This union led to the birth of three children, Jeffrey Byron Long, Demovia Carroll Long-Quarless, and Anthony Charles Long. The testament of this blessed union and the generous nature of Mother Clorene was witnessed in a life together that spanned more than six decades, and in the many lives that were blessed by the loving haven that their home provided to many “extended family members.”
Driven by a passion to help others, Clorene developed her talents and interests in health care by attending New York City College and Nursing School, to achieve her professional goal to become a registered nurse. She served a countless number of patients during her nursing career, which culminated as the supervising nurse in the surgical recovery unit of Kings County Hospital of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation. Her professional life reflected her commitment to serve in the public sector, as a means to bring health care services often to the indigent and most marginalized communities that she served.
The latter part of her life was spent in Kissimmee, Florida. While she continued to live with a chronic heart condition through her retirement, the condition did not erode her zest for life, which included a robust travel schedule and the delights of family time. During the pandemic this included a spiritual devotional time with family across the country on Sunday afternoons, and some quiet prayer time with some of the more immediate members of the family as the time of her departure approached.
She leaves behind her husband of 63 years, Anderson C. Long Jr.; her sister, Delossie Sandra Carroll; her sisters-in-law, Ruth Carroll and Lenore Castillo; brothers-in-law, Mills (Yvette) Long and Joseph (Janet) Haynes; her children, Jeffrey B. Long, Demovia C. (Duncan) Long-Quarless, Anthony C. Long; her nephews, Keith (Bernadine) Miller, Donald (Pamela) Hudson, Ronald (Tracy) Hudson, Moliek (Marlene) Hudson, Beth (David) Salaguinto and a host of grand and great grandnieces/nephews; grandchildren, Duncan III (Sharlene), Andrew (Roseanne), Ariama, Travis, Cedric, Jerry, William, Danielle, Rebecca, Rachel and Jazmine; great grandchildren, Chiynah, Noah, Aiden, Olivia, Aarao, Avi and Amani; and a host of cousins and dear friends.
She will be sorely missed.