Ruth Carolyn Long 1927-2019
Ruth Carolyn Long of Salmon, Idaho passed away on May 25, 2019. Ruth was born March 7, 1927 in Eckley, Colorado. Ruth was the first of four children (Don, Joe and Iris) born to Gene and Mabel Rice in the Eastern Colorado sand hills and raised on a wheat farm.
Ruth learned to work hard growing up during the Great Depression and excelled at school graduating as the class valedictorian. Ruth married Darrel Bagley from her high school in 1945 at Fort Wolters in Mineral Wells, Texas. She and Darrel returned to run the family farm in Colorado and had two children – Larry was born in 1946 and Diann in 1949 in Wray, Colorado. The family moved to Eagle, Colorado in 1958 and to Salmon, Idaho in 1970. Ruth and Darrel divorced shortly after and Ruth returned to Eagle.
Ruth became better known as “Nana” when the first grandkids where born. In 1972 Ruth married Harry Long and they operated a service station, bulk fuel plant and wrecker service for several years before moving back to Eastern Colorado at Yuma. They purchased a movie theatre and ran it until they retired and moved to Salmon, Idaho in 1997. Harry and Nana purchased the house behind the post office, fixed it up and maintained a beautiful yard as well as volunteering and doing the landscape at the adjacent Discovery Care Center for many years. A dandelion’s worst nightmare was Nana.
Ruth had a great sense of humor and contagious giggle that was accompanied by a mischievous twinkle in her eye. The family remembers highlights from a 1980’s California Disneyland and Seaworld RV trip and a surprise trip to Colorado and trying to outwit her and sneak into her theatre.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Mabel Rice, her son Larry Bagley, her brother Don Rice and brother in law Don Kennedy. She is survived by her husband Harry Long, daughter Diann Caywood, daughter-in-law Eleen Cooper of Salmon; daughter-in-law Diane Bagley of Jerome, Idaho; sister Iris Kennedy of Sutherland, Nebraska; brother Joe (Deanna) Rice of Yuma, Colorado and many grandkids, great and great-great grandkids and her loyal dog “Corky”.
A private family service will be held at a later time.