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Zandra Long

April 12, 1944 ~ October 11, 2021 (age 77)

Obituary

Zandra Kay Long
April 12, 1944 – October 11, 2021
Zandra Kay Long was born on April 12, 1944 to Lydia Bernice Hornsby and Henry Frank Hornsby in Salinas, California.
Zandra grew up in Salinas and met Donald (Donny) Franklin Russo. They were married and had two children, Rhonda Irene and Roddy Frank.
When Donny died at the age of 25, Zandra raised Rhonda and Roddy as a single parent.
Zandra had concerns about Donny’s salvation. These questions were answered by a pair of missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Shortly after her baptism she moved the family to a 40-acre farm located five miles from Hartville, Missouri, population 524.
There Zandra became a farmer. She raised a goat, a pig, a cow, chickens, and horses, planted a garden, and made her own butter.
On the farm the television quit working, but Zandra didn’t replace it. She read classics to the kids like Huckleberry Finn and read from her poetry book. Once, she directed a performance of a poem the kids had memorized called “The Spider and the Fly”. She was very particular on how the kids delivered the lines and their actions, down to the spider picking his teeth after the spider ate the fly.
She played baseball and chess with the kids. She taught the kids how to drive a “stick.” They were 8 and 10 years old at the time!
After four years on the farm, Zandra went out on a blind date introduced to her by her sister, Bobbi. That man was Gerald (Jerry) Long, who was also a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Married in Missouri, they moved to Claremore in 1975 and had four children – David Eric, Bradford Alan, Michael Shane and Daniel Joseph.
During these years Zandra was very involved in the Cub Scout program where she was a den leader to her boys. She was always her children’s biggest fan. She loved attending gymnastics meets, baseball games, wrestling matches, and track meets. She was a very vocal supporter. Everyone in the stands could hear her root for her kids and for this she was not ashamed.
Everything she did she did with gusto. She loved doing her aerobics. She had one speed, ALL OUT.
She was very active in her church. She served as Relief Society president, seminary teacher and the calling she had later in life was calling people on their birthdays. Many have said how much
they looked forward to her call on their birthday. Many of them didn’t attend church, but Zandra, after wishing them a happy birthday, would talk to them and if she didn’t know them, she would get to know them personally.
She was afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis and became wheelchair bound at 55 years old. She didn’t let that slow her down much as she was still very active.
In 2008, Jerry died, leaving her a widow again.
She loved to play Fasttrack, a game that Donnie Miller made for her. For years she and three of her closet friends would get together and play every Wednesday. When playing games, she had no mercy. It didn’t matter if you were 5 or 105, she played to win. Some thought this out of character, but this was who she was. She was very compassionate, but when it came to playing games, she played her best. She didn’t want to diminish your victory – should you be fortunate enough to beat her!
Zandra’s greatest love was her Heavenly Father, and her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She was so grateful to be blessed with 40 grandchildren and 58 great grandchildren. One of her granddaughters said, “You are so awesome and strong. Even though you have so many grandkids, you make room for every single one of them. We love you so much.”
One of her grandsons shared this about her: “Granny showed us what service and love looked like her whole life! We continue to shine the light of love that she first lit in us.”
Zandra is survived by her daughter, Rhonda, and her husband, Kelly, of Broken Arrow, Roddy and his wife, Dawn, of Claremore, David and wife, Brandi, of Singapore, Bradford and wife, Miranda, from Broken Arrow, Michael and his wife, Michele, of Claremore, Daniel of Claremore, Marie of Colcord, Pat of Broken Arrow, Diane of Claremore, Rani of Broken Arrow, Rebekah and husband, Lars, of Broken Arrow, sisters Anne Imwalle of Salinas, Bobbi Jean Vincent from Doniphan Missouri, and Donna Hughes and husband, Gary, from Claremore.

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Services

Funeral
Wednesday
October 20, 2021

2:00 PM
CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS
1701 N. Chambers Terrace
Claremore, OK 74017

Interment
Wednesday
October 20, 2021

3:00 PM
Woodlawn Cemetery
310 S. Nome
Claremore, OK 74017

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