Frances Long



Frances Ruby Long, a third generation Californian, cattle rancher, wife and mother, passed away from natural causes on Dec. 21, 2017. She was 89 years of age.

She was born in Sanger, Calif., on April 7, 1928 to Peter Gumber and Amelia (Millie) Gumber (Bender).

She is survived by her sons and daughters in-law, Mark Long (Donnelle) and Marshall Long (Robin), all of Mariposa.

Frances was born and raised in Sanger and attended Sanger Elementary and Sanger High School. Frances was the editor of the high school newspaper her senior year.

Frances met her future husband, Frank, at a dance at the Odd- Fellows Hall in Centerville. They were married on Aug. 5, 1950.

Early on she served as den mother to a group of Cub Scouts and when her sons were involved in 4-H and FFA her time was always available.

She and Frank operated a commercial cow/calf business on the family ranch and in conjunction with their sons raised registered Polled Hereford cattle and grain hay. They pastured the riding and pack horses and mules from Yosemite for many years.

She was a breeder of fine Bassett Hounds as Butterfly Bassetts and was instrumental in improving the genetics of the breed.

Frances was a published Cowboy poet. She attended the Cowboy Poetry gathering in Elko, Nev., for many years and was instrumental to bring Cowboy Poetry to Mariposa by way of the Cannonball Poetry Gathering during the Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train.

She was a member of the Butterfly Rebekah Lodge No. 327 and the Mariposa Parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West. She was also a life member of the Mariposa County Historical Society and the Mariposa Methodist Church.

She was associated with the continued resurrection of the Civil War re-enactment which is now led by the Las Mariposas Civil War Group and is still held on the Long Ranch annually.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank; brother, Grant Gumber; and sister, Betty Boos.

At Frances’s request, no services will be held. A celebration of the 51st anniversary of her 39th birthday will be held on April 7, 2018 as her last goal in this life was to live to be 90.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Mariposa Museum and History Center at P.O. Box 606, Mariposa, CA 95338; John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation at P.O. Box 216, Mariposa, CA 95338; or the USO.

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