Patsy Jean Dillon-Long, 66, passed away in Blacksburg, Virginia, on October 21, 2021. She was born in Blacksburg on May 2, 1955, the youngest of three children, and married William Robert “Bob” Long II on July 25, 1981.
Patsy graduated from Virginia Tech in 1977 and Radford University in 1984. In college, she played volleyball and basketball. She also served as a Justice for the Honor Court system, was on the Dean’s Advisory Committee and was a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha.
Patsy worked for Virginia Tech for many years, including positions with the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and Continuing and Professional Education, as well as for the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. However, she was happiest on the tennis court, taking walks on the Huckleberry Trail, or cheering for the Hokies.
Patsy was always willing to lend a helping hand, volunteering with the Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, Blacksburg United Methodist Church, and Zeta Tau Alpha. She was named the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2004 for her nine years as President of the Montgomery County Christmas Store.
Patsy is survived by her husband, Bob; two children, William (and Stephanie) Long of Roanoke, Courtney (and Trevor) Sakry of Blacksburg; three grandsons, Remy, Caleb, and Miles; sister Ann Crawford of Christiansburg; and niece Christy Dillon of Christiansburg.
A celebration of Patsy’s life will be held at Blacksburg United Methodist Church at 111 Church Street on October 28, 2021 at 2:00 pm. Masks will be required and seating may be limited. To attend the service virtually, visit https://youtu.be/7fvDSZINzZ4. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Montgomery County Christmas Store.