Obituary: Frances M. Long
April 20, 2009
Frances M. Long passed away in the early morning of Saturday, April 11, 2009 in the Kremmling Memorial Hospital in Kremmling.
Frances was born Frances Mildred Marshall on Feb. 23, 1920 to Alva R. Marshall and Minnie O’Kalla Marshall on the family ranch north of Silverthorne. She married Melvin Long March 7, 1947 in Hot Sulfur Springs. The couple recently celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary.
She attended grades one through eight in a one room school house located at Slate Creek in the lower Blue Valley. Later, she boarded with family and friends in Kremmling and graduated from West Grand High School. Frances worked for Carl Breeze at the Grand County Bank and was later the first employee hired by Charlie Fischer at the Summit County Bank in Frisco.
She retired in 1976 and travelled with her dear friend, Betty Smith, to England to meet her cousin Willie Pharo of Stoneham, England, who she had corresponded with for decades.
Frances was selected as Grand County Pioneer of the Year in 1996 and is featured in the book Summit Pioneers. Frances resided her entire life on the family ranch north of Silverthorne.
She was a cowgirl with a quick wit and had a great sense of humor. She adored “fine horseflesh and horsemanship”, and loved to spend time watching the calves in the spring. She had a voracious appetite for the written word her entire life, and instilled a strong value of education in her children and grandchildren. She turned out countless fine knitted garments and blankets to keep her family warm, and had an incredible knack for knowing when someone was sneaking into the pantry before lunch. She was known for her wonderful cooking and homemade breads, anyone who was fortunate enough to put their boot under her table were always fulfilled with her delicious meals.
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Frances was a steward of the land with an admiration for rocks, Native American artifacts and a lover of all its creatures.
She is survived by her husband Melvin, her sister Patricia (Patsy) Cox of Grand Junction, her son, Tom and his wife Peggy of Silverthorne, four granddaughters Valerie Connelly (Shawn) of Silverthorne, Rebecca Long (Denver), Josephine Suk (Geoff) of Arvada, Jennifer Romboldi (David) of Plymouth, Mass., three great grandchildren; Isabella and Alex Romboldi, and Marshall Connelly, many nieces and nephews and their children. Her brother Tom Marshall and her son Curtis Long preceded her in death.
In accordance with Frances’ wishes, there will not be funeral services. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a 100 percent tax-deductible donation to the Wind River Tribal College, all funds will go towards need-based scholarships: Wind River Tribal College- Attention Registrar
Frances M. Long Scholarship, PO Box 8300, Ethete, WY 82520.