John and Gella Thayn welcomed into their home a beautiful dark haired baby girl on Nov. 17, 1938, in Price, Utah. She was welcomed by four older brothers, Johnny, LeRoy, Gary and Larry. Sharron (Thayn) Long lived in Price, and then later the family moved to Wellington. Later a younger brother, Darwin, and sister, Bonnie, were added to the family.

Mom grew up during a time when you didn’t have a lot and what you had you worked very hard for. No cell phones or electronic devices. It was playing in the “warsh” with friends or herding cows for the family.

Her first job was a waitress at a small cafe in Wellington. She graduated from Carbon High School in 1957. She found her niche in the financial industry working for First Security Bank in Moab, and later in Logan. By the time she retired in 2003, the bank had switched hands and she retired from Wells Fargo Bank.

Mom is very talented, playing the piano, singing in school choirs and in an acapella choir. She has held numerous positions in the church which were always centered around her love for music.

She met the lover of her life, Claude Long Jr., while working at Sprouse Reitz in Moab. There was no denying this handsome bad boy would sweep her off her feet, and that he did. They were married in March 1959, and then later the marriage was solemnized in the Logan LDS Temple.

Mom has been the president of the Hyrum Ladies Lions Club and has spent several years involved in the Senior Citizen Center. She plays a mean game of Bunco.

Mom always made sure all five of us kids had breakfast before school and our clothes were clean and pressed. She is an excellent cook and is famous for her Thanksgiving rolls, cinnamon rolls, shrimp salad, hot potato salad and let’s not forget her family Holiday treat “Krantz.” Mom is also half of the team that puts on the best 4th of July celebration. She prepares weeks in advance to make sure everything is ready. She makes a mean sloppy joe and the best homemade root beer around.

As a young family we played cards and board games quite often. She has carried this tradition over into her grandchildren who are always up for a challenge. She’s supported every child, grandchild and great-grandchild — health and distance permitting — in every event.

Mom as we celebrate your 80th year of life, your posterity wants you to know that you are loved dearly. The lessons and memories you’ve brought to our lives will always remind us of just how lucky we all are to have you for a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister-in-law and friend.

We love you Mom and wish you nothing but the best.

Cyndi and Jeff Falor; Rodney and Cindy Long; Valorie Hancock; Byron and Anissa Long; Nanette and Chris Jansen and families.