Linda Berniece Hall Long, age 67, passed away peacefully at Honor-Health/John C Lincoln North Mountain Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. She fought a valiant battle with renal failure and suffered severe head trauma after a recent fall. Her devotion to her family and firm belief in God supported her in her struggles and ultimately gave her peace.
Linda was born to the late Robert Dempster Smith and Virginia Page Hancocks on May 28, 1948, in Oakland, California. She was raised in a Christian home in San Leandro, CA along with her older sister Bonnie. Together they took classical piano lessons from the organist, Mrs. Thompson, at the First Presbyterian Church for many years. Her love of music stayed with her throughout her entire life and enabled her to bless many others with her musical talents. As a child, she also enjoyed being in a Girl Scout Brownie troop. She attended McKinley Elementary School, Bancroft Junior High, San Leandro High School, but ult ...
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