Effingham Daily News
Funeral services for Willow Marie Long, 7, of Watson, will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, Effingham. Private burial services will be for the family only. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Hearts Rock Cafe at Effingham High School. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to any local organization who participated in the search for Willow. Bauer Funeral Home, Effingham, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.bauerfh.com.
Willow was born Dec. 13, 2005, in Effingham, the daughter of Thomas Long and Ciara DeRyke. She attended Southside Grade School in Effingham, where she had just begun her second grade year.
Willow is survived by her father, Tommy Long of Canton, Texas; mother, Ciara DeRyke of Watson; brother, Nathaniel Graves of Watson; grandparents, Dale and Debbie DeRyke of Watson, Kenneth and Catherine Long and Wanda Bamburg, all of Canton, Texas, Morris and Bobbie DeRyke of Schoolcraft, Mich.; great-grandparents, Wilma Sue Miller of Kalamazoo, Mich.; and great-great-grandmother, Gertrude Kerr of Kalamazoo, Mich.
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