A child of parents, born in the Indian Territory, and one of the first generation of children born in Oklahoma after statehood in l907. Grandchild of pioneers making the Cherokee Land Run, in l893, where she was born on land claimed and acquired by her paternal grandfather, Benjamin Franklin Long.
She grew up on that farm and became one with all she saw and felt and lived, coloring her own life as a student, a pioneer in her own rights, in her many travels and diverse interests as: Wife and Mother, Homemaker, Professional Housekeeper, Nanny to several Children (still dear to her), and to many newborn babies as a Night Nanny Nurse.
Marel lives in a retirement home in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she is a regular communicant in a nearby Anglican Church. She is an active participant where she lives and continues to write almost daily.