‘Cowgirl’ Frances Long dies at 89
April 20, 2009
Frances M. Long passed away in the early morning of April 11 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 1-8 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 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, with whom she had corresponded 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 great sense of humor, she adored “fine horseflesh and horsemanship,” 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 grand-children. She turned out countless fine knitted garments and blankets to keep her family warm, and had an incredible knack of 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 boots under her table were always fulfilled with her delicious meals. 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:
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