Mary Katherine 'Bunny' Pieper Long was a pharmacist for 40 years in Boonville

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 | 7:43 p.m. CDT; updated 9:33 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 7, 2014

CORRECTION: Brook L. Harlan's wife's name is Lyria, a previous version of this story misstated their relationship.

COLUMBIA — Mary Katherine Long was prepared when her 11-year-old daughter, Nancy, told her she wanted to quit piano after three years of lessons.


Mrs. Long appeared in a special section of the Missourian called 100 Ages, A Century of Voices. Watch her talk about how it felt to be 100 years old here.

Instead of caving to her daughter's wishes, Mrs. Long told her to sit at the piano and practice for just 20 more minutes before she made her final decision. Nancy Broaddus continued studying piano until she was 20 and still enjoys playing decades later.

Mary Katherine "Bunny" Pieper Long died Monday, May 5, 2014. She was 100.

She was born May 16, 1913, to Margaret Francis (Tuttle) Pieper and William Phillip Pieper in St. Joseph.

Mrs. Long attended Boonville public schools and graduated from Boonville High School in 1931. She attended Central Methodist College, now Central Methodist University, from 1931 to 1933 and graduated from Bowen Institute of Pharmacy in 1936. That year, she achieved the highest score on the State Board of Pharmacy Exam out of all test-takers.

Mrs. Long's interest in being a pharmacist started when she was a girl. Her father, William, was a pharmacist and as a child she would work with him in the store. She really admired him.

After marrying Robert Edward Long on Feb. 9, 1936, Mrs. Long and her husband bought her parents' drug store, Pieper's Drug Shop in 1947 and renamed it Long's Drug Shop.

She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved spending time with her family. She was also a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Boonville.

Her daughter remembers her mother's magnolia blossoms on the tree that grew beside their house and the bouquets she would give people. They loved to take bouquets to friends who were ill, or just because, Broaddus said.

"Sometimes my dad would climb up on a ladder," she said. "My mom would stand outside and yell 'Be careful, Bob!'"

Mr. and Mrs. Long also grew roses, sweet peas, chrysanthemums and other flowers, Broaddus said. 

For her mother's 100th birthday, Broaddus and her sister, Linda Harlan, bought 100 stemmed flowers and gave them to her mother to give to friends and family, which her mother enjoyed. 

In July 2013, Mrs. Long was a part of the Missourian's 100 Ages Project. In her video she talked about turning 100 and being a pharmacist.

Broaddus said she and her mother really loved dolls and would stay up late making tiny dresses for her dolls as Christmas presents. Even after Broaddus became an adult, her mother made a new veil for a Toni doll that she still owned after the original disintegrated.

After retiring from the drug shop in 1976, Mrs. Long worked with many organizations to preserve and promote Boonville. She was a founding member of Friends of Historic Boonville and the chair of the Hain House Memorial Garden for 20 years, where a gazebo is dedicated to her and her husband. She was also a charter member of the Missouri River Festival of the Arts and a supporter of Save the Katy Bridge. Mrs. Long was a member of the Chapter GO of P.E.O. for 50 years.

Mrs. Long is survived by two daughters, Nancy Broaddus and her husband, Loren, of Springfield, and Linda Harlan and her husband, Tim, of Columbia; five grandchildren, Loren E. Broaddus and his wife, Marilyn, of Springfield, John M. Broaddus and his wife, Melissa, of Los Angeles, Robert M. Broaddus and his wife, Tammy, of Leawood, Kan., Brook L. Harlan and *his wife, Lyria, of Columbia, and Reed L. Harlan of Boonville; four great-grandchildren, Emma Broaddus, Loren Michael Broaddus, Evan Broaddus and Catherine Broaddus; one sister, Jean Oliver, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Long's parents, husband, Robert Long, and her sister, Margaret Angelo, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 12:30-2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 625 Main St., Boonville, after a private interment service at Walnut Grove Cemetery, 1006 Locust St., Boonville. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church, 625 Main St., Boonville. The Rev. Scott Paris will be officiating.

Memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Historic Boonville, P.O. Box 1776, Boonville, MO 65233, or First Baptist Church, 625 Main St., Boonville, MO 65233.

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