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Marsha Bristol – Metz Mortuary

    Marsha Bristol
    Marsha Blanche Bristol (Long), 67, of rural Utica/Beaver Crossing, NE, died May 5, 2018 at her residence in Vacaville, CA, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Marsha was born in Grants Pass, OR, on Sept. 8, 1950, to John E. and Jenny “Deanne” Long. She had one brother, Stuart Long, who now lives in Medellin, Colombia.
    The family moved to Edson, Alberta, Canada, in 1957, where Marsha attended elementary school. In 1962 they moved to Edmonton, Alberta, where Marsha attended junior high school. In 1966, the family made their final move to Lincoln, NE, where Marsha graduated from Lincoln High School in 1969. Marsha competed in gymnastics at LHS.
    Marsha married Gary Prochnow in 1969, and resided in Lincoln, NE. They had two sons, Scott Prochnow in 1969 and Ryan Prochnow in 1978. Marsha married Morris Bristol in 1985, and lived on the family farm near Utica, NE. They had one daughter between the two of them, Jennifer Bristol-Haiar, in 1986.
    Marsha worked at a variety of jobs to include: working with her father at a vending company, as a waitress at Chesterfield’s Kitchen, in the gasoline business, and as a receptionist at Pepsi and Lincoln Steel. Ultimately her love of caring for people led to her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.  She attended Nebraska Wesleyan University and Bryan School of Nursing, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1997. Marsha worked at a number of skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, and care centers in surrounding communities, but spent the majority of her career at Lancaster County Manor in Lincoln, NE. Nursing was her final and most rewarding career.  She held her license, never fully retiring, until she passed away in 2018.
    Marsha most enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved outdoor activities like camping, going to the beach, sailing, boating, as well as playing and coaching softball. She was a member of the USBC association and bowled on a men’s/women’s league in Utica, NE until the passing of her late husband Morris.
    She had a passion for fashion and was proud of her “extensive fabric and pattern collection”, she loved beautiful shoes, handbags, and of course dressing up for every occasion.  She loved shopping for the newest fashions, sewing, crafting, and painting. She was also an avid reader and loved watching movies. 
    Marsha is survived by her sons Scott (Jessie) Prochnow of Staplehurst, and Ryan (Crystal) Prochnow of Seward. Daughter Jennifer (Nick) Haiar of Fairfield, CA, and step-daughters Christina (Nate) Payne of Utica, and Kimberly (Dan) Buchheit of Chadron.
    Grandchildren: Brandon and Shalyn Prochnow, Shelby and Riley Prochnow, Lily and Jameson Haiar, Samuel, Cora, Sarah, Leah, Ava, and Mara Payne, and Kurtis and Kallie Buchheit.
    She is also survived by her brother Stuart R. Long of Medellin, Colombia. Sisters-in-law Lydia (Dave) Stuehm and Mary Bristol, and brother-in-law Doug Bristol, and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
    She is preceded in death by her parents John and Jenny Deanne Long, father-in-law and mothers-in-law Milton Bristol, Betty Bristol (Morris), and Iona Bristol (Gray) and her husband Morris F. Bristol.
    Memorial services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Friday, May 18, 2018 at Ebenezer United Methodist Church, south of Waco, with the Reverend Tamara Lou Holtz officiating. Inurnment to follow at the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. There will be no viewing or visitation as it was Marsha’s wish to be cremated. Memorials may be directed to the Kiwanis House of UC Davis, or to the family for later designation.

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