Martha Louise (Blanc) Long
Martha Louise (Blanc) Long, of New Castle, went to be with our Lord after she lost her short battle with cancer on Friday, January 13, 2011, with her family at her side.
Martha was born on October 6, 1940, in Glenwood Springs to Osire Blanc and Ruth (Witchey) Blanc. Martha was raised in Carbondale at the Blanc ranch on White Hill with her sisters and extended family members. She attended Carbondale Union High School, and married her high school sweetheart, Bernard Long, of Carbondale, on November 8, 1958, at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs.
Martha and Bernard lived in Florida during Bernard’s enlistment with the U.S. Navy.
They returned to Carbondale eight years later where they lived and raised their five children. Martha spent the majority of her employed years working in the banking business. She was respected by her peers for her unwavering work ethic and she loved that she had a “second family” in her co-workers.
Martha enjoyed so many aspects of life. She loved making memories with her family, gardening, flowers, camping, and sharing coffee with her family. Every year she anxiously awaited welcoming family into the comforts of her home for her cozy Christmas feasts. But above all else, Martha lived her life for God, and was a member of St. Stephen’s Catholic Church.
Survivors include her husband, Bernard Long, sons Kevin (Gina) Long, Jason (Erin) Long, daughters Cindy Long, Connie Long and Kristi Long, 15 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Martha was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Loretta Patch, granddaughter, Stormy Cerise and great-granddaughter, Shelby Poyner.
Martha had a very special love for her mother-in-law, Elvera “Tootie” Long of Silt.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Farnum-Holt Funeral Home in Glenwood Springs. Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 23rd, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church. A viewing will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., with a rosary beginning at 10:30 a.m. Burial will take place next spring at the Evergreen Cemetery in Basalt. A potluck celebration of Martha’s life will immediately follow the service at the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church basement. A memorial fund has been established in Martha’s name at Alpine Bank in Glenwood Springs.
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