Myrna Lou Long, 82

Myrna Lou Long went to be with the Lord on November 23, 2019 in Grangeville, Idaho. She was 82.

Myrna was born in Casper, Wyoming on August 12, 1937 to Ira and Lena (Van Horn) Nelson. Her family moved around for several years and eventually settled in Benton City, Washington where Myrna graduated from high school. She married Richard Bierbaum in 1955 and had two daughters, Debra and Patricia. She was later widowed when Richard died of a heart attack.

Myrna met the love of her life, Billy A. Long, and the two moved to Nezperce where they were married on Oct. 1, 1971. The couple would raise a family, retire, and be laid to rest in this community which they loved and called home.

Myrna began working at Bell Motors soon after their arrival to Nezperce. Within two years she took a job as a bank teller at Idaho First National Bank where she would remain through multiple transitions (West One and US Bank) until her retirement in 1993.

Myrna’s greatest joys in life were family, her animals, and working in her yard and garden. She was a persevering, hard-working, deeply loving person whose unabashed sassy character was memorable to all who knew her. Her closest relationships had the privilege of knowing what it meant to have the unequivocal support of someone.

Myrna was preceded in death by her husband Bill and is survived by her daughters Debra Miller (John) of Nezperce; Patricia Bierbaum of Jacksonville, NC; her grandchildren, Kelly Miller (Tina) of Clarkston, Brian Miller (Anne) of Missoula, and Erin Green (Matt) of Boise.

A funeral ceremony will be held Monday, December 2, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at the Nezperce Lutheran Church, Interment will follow at Nezperce Cemetery with a luncheon to be held back at the church for all attendees. Arrangements are under the direction of the Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville. You may submit your condolences online to

It is suggested that memorials be made to Nezperce Lutheran Church, Nezperce Ambulance, or Animal Ark in Grangeville.

Condolences to the family of Myrna Lou Long, 82

  • Mran says:

    Deb and family,
    Blessings to everyone as you move on without one of the most important influences in your life!!

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