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Marianne Long

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Marianne Long passed away at the age of 87 on April 20th in Erie and is survived by her daughter, Sara Long, her son-in-law, Jon Rumley, and her grandsons, David and Josh Francis. Marianne was a warm, affectionate, outspoken, passionate woman who adored her family. She lived most of her life in Houston where she taught 5th and 6th grade after graduating from Rice University. She moved to Colorado in 1992 to enjoy and help raise her grandsons - and she loved her adopted state. She didn't expect to live so long and feel so good - except for those 'darn knees' - and met every day with gratitude. She will be deeply missed. Marianne was a teacher by trade, but her insatiable hunger for new information made her the greatest type of student, writes her grandson, David. She would proudly show off whatever new thing she learned and sit in rapt and humble attention when others shared. As long as the evidence was sound, she would take contradiction with joyous enthusiasm. This is how the great philosophers and thinkers of our history have been described. To have had one of our own, who taught us, listened to us, and loved us as ferociously as she did, will be one of the greatest blessings we will ever experience. Her grandson Josh can't think of a single moment when he felt anything but loved by Marianne, or Nana as he called her. She was always open and unafraid to express what she thought when she thought it, whether that manifested as an outpouring of love and affection for her family or some very comical choice words about someone who rubbed her the wrong way (certain football players and TV personalities topped that list). She possessed an intellectual curiosity that led her to engage her family in deep conversations covering any number of topics because she never wanted to stop learning and engaging, and she strongly valued what her family thought and believed. As an extremely talented cross-stitcher, she created pieces ranging from incredible, intricate, multi-month projects to simple and charming works with adages like "I never met a chocolate I didn't like," and, "Beware of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with catsup." If our loved ones who have passed away stay alive through our memories, then the effusive love that Nana shared with us will ripple through the years, and in a way we will always have her at the dinner table asking us what we've been reading and telling us how much she adores us.
Published in Colorado Hometown Weekly on May 3, 2018
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