PLANT CITY Margaret Louise (Newsome) Long, who has lived in Plant City since she was a child, celebrates her 90th birthday at the end of the month.
She was born Feb. 29, 1924 but being born a Leap Year baby was just one of the things that make her unique. Long, known as Louise to her family and friends, was born in Bainbridge, Ga. and moved with her family to Florida in order for her father Lewis Newsome to join the sharecropping business. The family, including her mother Pauline (Brinson) Newsome and brothers J.L. and Brady, became Plant City residents in 1929.
On Feb. 28, 1941, she married Homer Long and remained married to him for 61 years until his death on Aug. 22, 2002. They had two children, son Ellis and daughter Diane Long Tucker. as well as five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
During World War II, she learned to weld and started working at the shipyard in Tampa for R.C. Steel and then went to work for Clifford Hardee, a family member who owned Plant City Steel Co.
She worked at Plant City Steel for more than 32 years until she retired.
She is known for her hard work, soft heart, honesty, integrity, and faithfulness. She was a cornerstone member of Southside Baptist Church where she attended over 50 years and is now currently a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.
In her leisure, she enjoys attending church gatherings, reading her Bible and devotionals, gardening, and visiting her family lake house on Lake Weir located in Ocklawaha.