Memorials Are Suggested: Lavonia M. Snodgrass, age 90 (1924-2014)

Lavonia Mae (Rowan) Snodgrass, 90, of Norton, Kansas, formerly of the Orleans area, died Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, at the Andbe Home in Norton. Lavonia was born February 7th, 1924, near Brandon, Nebraska, the eldest of three children born to Charles “Raymond” and Susan Elnora (Stubbert) Rowan. She received her primary education in Custer County, Nebraska and then Fall River, Kansas through the 8th grade.


On June 8th, 1945, she was united in marriage to Harold F. Snodgrass in Garden City, Kansas and to this union four children were born, Michael Ray, Larry LeRoy, David William and Sylvia Star. The family made their home on the Snodgrass homestead near Mascot in Harlan County, Nebraska. Her life consisted of being a homemaker and her family was her main focus. Following Harold’s passing, she and her daughter, Star, moved to Orleans.


She was a member of the Mascot Evangelical Church and transferred her membership to the Orleans United Presbyterian Church in 1958.


 Lavonia was a faithful member in the Presbyterian Church in Orleans. She sold Avon for many years and was a wonderful quilter, making many quilts for herself and others.


She was preceded in death by Harold on November 9th, 1978 and her parents.


Lavonia is survived by her four children: Michael Snodgrass and his wife, Kay of Norton; Larry Snodgrass and his wife, Connie and David Snodgrass and his wife, Marilyn, all of Orleans and Star Harvie and her husband, Greg of Les Cayes, Haiti; four granddaughters: Winona Shawn Hegemann and her husband, Brian of Howells, Nebraska; Amanda Jeane Whitesel and her husband, James of Miller, Nebraska; Jessica Leigh Harvie of Harrisburg, Nebraska and Sylvia Ann Caley and her husband, Patrick of Phoenix, Arizona; six great-grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Smith of Pawnee City, Nebraska; brother, Thomas Rowan and his wife, Frieda of Lexington, Nebraska and a host of other relatives and dear friends.


Funeral Services for Lavonia M. Snodgrass were held on Friday, September 19th, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Orleans, Nebraska with Pastor Dave Irwin officiating. Interment was held in the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford, Nebraska following the service.


A memorial has been established in Lavonia’s honor and kindly suggested to Camp Joy.


Expressions of caring and kindness can be sent to the family at www.nelsonbauerfh.com. The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.

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