Diana Gay Long

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Diana Gay Long



Diana Gay Head Long was born February 14, 1945 to Louis John and June Eileen Huth Head in Denver, Colorado. 

Diana went home to be with her Lord and Savior and many loved ones on Sunday, November 26, 2017 in Palm Coast, Florida at the age of 72.  She had battled cancer for several years. 

Diana is survived by her two daughters; Jodi Duncan and husband Sheldon of Aurora, Colorado and Jami Long and husband Niels (Val) Hertz of Palm Coast, Florida.  Her brother, David Head and wife Willi of Canyon, Texas and her sister Linda Ausfahl of Simla, Colorado.  She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Gloria Jean Eldrige Head of Panama City, Florida and Shirley Long of Centennial, Colorado, four step-sisters; Randy Rainey and her husband Dave of Quapaw, Oklahoma, Mary Nazzise and her husband Don of Florence, Colorado, Tracy Bryant of Aurora, Colorado and Linda Hull and her husband Larry of Summerset, South Dakota. Diana is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  Shari Head Purvis and her husband Greg, Stephen Head and his wife Christie, Stephanie Ausfahl, Aaron Ausfahl and his wife Merri, Tammara Head Miller and her husband John, L.J. Head Longwing and his wife Angie, Joey Bryant Smith and her husband Trexal, Kodi Bryant Jarvis and her husband Jay, Keith Osborne and his wife Jenny, Christopher Marsh and Tyler Hull. 

Diana was preceded in death by her parents Louis John and June Eileen Head, her husband James Dean Long, brother Roger Allen Head, brother-in-laws Timothy Martin Ausfahl, Howard Long and Tom Bryant. 

Diana was saved in December 1959 at the age of 14 under the preaching of a Brazilian missionary, Bob Carlton.   On February 21, 1960, she was Baptized along with Angie Huth (grandmother) and Linda Ausfahl (sister) at East side Baptist Church of Denver Colorado.  She came to know Christ as her Life on Jan. 22, 1990. 

In her Junior year of High School, Diana dedicated her life to the Lord to be in his service and accepted His call of whatever he wanted her to be.  After graduating from Cherry Creek High School in June of 1963, Diana knew she was going to attended Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. She attended college for one year before returning to Colorado and marrying James Dean Long on July 11, 1964.  Beautifully displayed for all to see at their wedding, was a black and turquoise sign that read the conviction of their hearts: “The Lord our God will we serve and His voice will obey” Joshua 24:24. 

Diana and Jim returned to Baptist Bible College where Jim graduated in May of 1968.  For 31 ½ years they served the Lord together either pastoring a church or teaching in a Christian School.  They lived the rest of their married life serving the Lord in Florida for 5 years and then in Colorado where Diana remained until moving back to Florida in August of 2015.  Diana was 50 years old when the Lord called Jim home.  She remained a widow the rest of her life. 

Diana was a Godly woman and a prayer warrior.  She spent time with the Lord in devotions and praying for countless family and friends.  During the last two years of her life she spent two years in Gainesville on the University of Florida campus serving out the vegetarian lunch and meeting anywhere from 800 to 1,500 students and professors a day.  She knew so many people by name and would even pray with them while they waited in line for the meal.  She often baked hundreds of cookies a week to handout to the students, homeless and hurting people. 

Some of Diana’s favorite things were going to church, gospel songs, hymns, country music, visiting people, caring for the sick, soaking people’s feet, and two-step dancing. 

Diana never met a stranger.  She would talk to anyone and the conversation would quickly move toward the subject of knowing Jesus as Savior.  Her greatest desire would be if anyone hearing or reading this today and is not saved, to accept Christ as your Savior.  She wanted to take as many people as she possibly could to heaven with her.  Although you may be sad for today, if you know Jesus you will see Diana again in Heaven.


Her favorite verses of scripture were:

Isaiah 26:3 “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusted in thee.”

II Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Joshua 24:24 “The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.”


Dear Family and Friends,

Please rejoice with us and cry with us.  Our Mom, Diana Gay Head Long was called home to be with the Lord at 3:30 PM Sunday, November 26, 2017.   The arrangements we have made are as follows:

            *Family Viewing on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 3:00-4:00 PM

            *Family, Friends and Loved Ones Viewing on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 4:00-6:00 PM

 Viewing is at Bullock Mortuary, 1375 E Hampden Avenue, Englewood, CO 80113 (303) 789-2535

*This will be the only opportunity to view Diana if you care to, because she will be buried prior to the Memorial service at the church.       


Burial at Chapel Hill Cemetery on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM

6601 S. Colorado Boulevard., Centennial, CO 80121 (303) 771-3960 Cars will line up and follow the lead car.


            Celebration of Life at Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

            15555 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora, CO 80015 (303) 699-9761 Reception-food following service


Memorial Service at Parkview Baptist Church, Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 1:00 PM

3403 NW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32609 (352) 378-2606

Everyone is welcome to attend the above occasions to support us and the family.  Thanks for your continued prayers and support during this time.  Sincerely, Jodi Long Duncan & Jami Long


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  1. We are so fortunate to have had such a Godly Mother, who was an example to us and everyone she came into contact with. Her life was spent caring for others and ministering to them. She never met a stranger and was always compassionate for anyone in need. She was such a dedicated wife and loving Mother and was our best friend. She touched all of us in such a deep way. She was such a prayer warrior and spent her time praying for over 500 people daily. It was so inspiring to see her dedication and deep love for the Lord in the midst of the biggest struggle in her life. Our lives will forever be changed because of her passing. Heaven is a little sweeter for us now, and we look forward to seeing her again some day in Heaven. We Love you Mom with all our hearts. Your Daughters Jodi Long Duncan and Jami Long

  2. √Ms. Diana was one of the most precious people in my whole life. As a child, she was like a second mother to me. She watched over me, disciplined me and loved on me like her own. As an adult, she was a godly mentor to me, confidant and sweet encouraging friend. My life was blessed because Ms. Diana was such a big part of it. Her two daughters, Jodi and Jamie are the very first best friends I ever had! What a gift from God to still have them in my life! The love I have always had for Ms. Diana and her family is so precious and rare. She was truly an angel on earth who carried the love of Christ to everyone she met. I love her so much and look forward to seeing her again in heaven!

  3. Diana was such a blessing. She loved and accepted everyone she met. Her smile and positive outlook were genuine and infectious. I'm thankful for having the opportunity to know her and her family.

  4. We are missing a strong Christian woman today who lived her life everyday to the fullest and loved as Christ did. No one was exempt from her loving spirit and giving heart that she had on display for all to see. We are saddened by her early departure from our lives but know that we have the greatest supporter now watching over us. Our deepest love to Jodi and Jami and all of Diana's family and friends. May you always remember her spontaneously dancing whenever she heard a song that moved her. It will continue to warm my heart and bring a smile to my face. Love to you all. The Greene Family

  5. My deepest condolences in this time of sorrow. She was a bright light who lit up a dull world. She will be missed. If there is anything I can do please call me.

  6. May there be comfort and knowing that somebody so special will never be forgotten. May he who knows your sorrow bring peace, comfort, and healing to your soul. Words seem inadequate to express the sorrow felt by the loss of Diane. My heart is with you your Forever friend may you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you.
    Your forever friend and family Paige, Zachary and Halston Starbeck

  7. Dianna the sweetheart born on Valentines day!.
    A lover of the Lord who brought us all such joy and compassion for all God's children. Truly she will be missed by us all on this earthly plain,and we hold her family dear to our hearts and pray for them in their time of need,but let us all join in and rejoice to celebrate her life of dedication to the mission of His service eternally.

  8. I had the privilege of having a wonderful Aunt and friend that taught me about God and cleaning Lol! She lived with Mom and I for 4 years and I always said I had the tallest Chinese laundry lady around. She always had a smile on her face and love in her heart. I will truly miss this great woman.

  9. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Head, Long and Ausfahl families. We are sadden to have not seen Diana it such a very long time.

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