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In loving memory of
Benita Bower Long
  • August 11, 1974
  • -
  • June 12, 2019

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Benita Bower Long of Longwood, Florida, entered into Heaven June 12, 2019, surrounded by her loving family. Benita has two wonderful children, Mason, age 11, and Ava, age 7; a loving husband, Matt; her parents Betty and Tony Bower; her sister Bethany Bower-Haynes (Noel); her brother Ben Bower; her nieces Jasmine Flores and Haven Haynes; her nephews Stone Flores and Bryant Powell;  her mother-in-law Linda Sieg (Mike); her sister-in-law Amanda Powell-Yurkin (Paul); aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family and many close friends.

Benita was born August 11, 1974, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Her family relocated to Altamonte Springs, Florida in 1983. She graduated from Lake Brantley High School in 1992 and attained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design with a minor in Art History from the University of Florida in 2003. She married Matt Long in November 2003. Benita worked in the interior design industry in Florida for organizations including Designers West, Commercial Design Services, and most recently, C.F. Stinson. She has been a faithful member of Sanlando United Methodist Church and served on their board of trustees. Benita has been a strong advocate for Lighthouse Central Florida, an agency providing services for the blind and vision impaired, and she regularly volunteered at her children’s school, Sabal Point Elementary. An incredibly gifted artist, Benita found inspiration in nature and the people she loved, and in her favorite places including Sanibel Island, Florida, and Paris, France.

Benita is deeply missed and lives in our hearts forever. Her passionate love for her family and friends, and her devout Christian faith, have a great influence on all who know and love her. A celebration of Benita’s life will be held on Saturday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Sanlando United Methodist Church in Longwood, Florida. For those who would like to contribute, donations may be made to Lighthouse Central Florida and/or Hospice Care in Altamonte Springs (give via AdventHealth Foundation Central Florida and note donation is for Hospice Care).


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  1. Brenna Wright lit a candle:
    05 Nov 2019
    Lit since November 5, 2019 at 11:07:21 PM

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    05 Nov 2019
    Lit since November 5, 2019 at 11:06:10 PM

  3. Stephanie Reed lit a candle:
    03 Sep 2019
    Lit since September 3, 2019 at 9:00:00 PM

  4. Scott Erker says:
    27 Jun 2019
    So sorry to hear of her passing - we worked together at Romano's for a few years - our warmest prayers and thoughts to her family during this most trying time. Bless you.

  5. Dawn Heffron says:
    24 Jun 2019
    You will be greatly missed...

  6. Michelle Temple says:
    24 Jun 2019
    I have never been so sad and upset as I was very close to her. She just text me in the middle of May excited to see me for my birthday June 9th. I have been sick to my stomach all day as she passed away to young and her kids are just too young for God to take such an angel. I will never understand her death and the purpose. This will take me awhile to digest so all I can say to her family is your daughter was the greatest friend and human ever. She was so kind, giving and compassionate. She will forever be the prettiest and sweetest angel in Heaven.
    Michelle Temple

  7. Michael Schmidt says:
    22 Jun 2019
    Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

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    22 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 22, 2019 at 6:41:14 AM

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    21 Jun 2019
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    21 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 21, 2019 at 6:31:47 PM

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    Lit since June 21, 2019 at 6:56:57 PM

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    Lit since June 21, 2019 at 6:07:46 AM

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    21 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 21, 2019 at 6:32:51 AM

  16. Lucie Winborne says:
    21 Jun 2019
    Dear Tony, Betty, Bethany, and Ben,

    I just learned of Benita's untimely passing this morning and was so saddened for all your family. Please accept my sincerest sympathy and know that I'm thinking of you today. Benita was as fortunate to have all of you as you were to have her. My heart goes out to her husband and children.

    Affectionately,

    -Lucie-

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    20 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:25:39 AM

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    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:12:01 AM

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    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:49:21 AM

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    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:22:49 AM

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    20 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 20, 2019 at 6:21:57 AM

  35. Shirley & Val Girard & Family says:
    19 Jun 2019
    our hearts were broken when we heard our niece, Benita, had passed away. She was a wonderful mother, beautiful inside and out and had a sweet personality. She was so talented and very successful in her career as an Interior Designer. We will miss her and her radiant smile. She was a Christian woman and loved Jesus and we're looking forward to being with her in Heaven.

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:11:04 PM

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    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:06:33 PM

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:42:11 PM

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:22:24 PM

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:17:46 PM

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:38:08 AM

  45. Tommie Garmon says:
    19 Jun 2019
    Beautiful and courageous young lady that is the essence of love and caring. We will all miss her deeply. Prayers for comfort for her wonderful family

  46. Shirley & Val Girard & Family lit a candle:
    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:22:48 AM

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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:10:43 AM

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    19 Jun 2019
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    19 Jun 2019
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    19 Jun 2019
    Lit since June 19, 2019 at 6:41:12 AM

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