Sunday, May 12, 2002

DEXTER, Mo. -- Ray and Brenda Dowdy of Dexter announce the engagement of their daughter, Geren RaeAnn Dowdy, to Jason Nathaniel Long of Mayfield, Ky. He is the son of Stephen Long of Bernie, Mo., and Debbie Hatchell of Dexter.

Dowdy is a 1993 graduate of Dexter High School. She received bachelor and master of science degrees in exercise science from Arkansas State University in 1997 and 1998, respectively. She is an exercise physiologist in Cardiac Rehab and Wellness at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.

Long is a 1993 graduate of Bernie High School. He expects to receive a bachelor of science degree in social studies from Mid-Continent College in Mayfield. He was assistant basketball coach and assistant director of housing at the college. He will be high school history teacher, junior high head basketball coach, and assistant varsity basketball coach this fall at Malden Public Schools in Malden, Mo.

A June 8 wedding is planned at First Baptist Church.