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Columbia Missourian

Pearl Marie Snavely, 98, was dedicated teacher, cook, mother

By Lauren Hill
February 2, 2013 | 7:24 p.m. CST

Pearl Marie Snavely began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse when she had to get to class before her students to light the fire. 

Her daughter Judy Ohnesorge also said that while Mrs. Snavely taught in different one-room schoolhouses she lived with the school board members and faculty.

Mrs. Snavely was born on a farm on March 13, 1914 in Santa Rosa to William Ralph and Lottie Bell Collier.

For 34 years Mrs. Snavely worked in education. She spent 24 years teaching at Linden East Elementary School in the North Kansas City School District. Even after retiring, she came back to the classroom to do volunteer tutoring with Linden West Elementary School.

Mrs. Snavely fostered lasting relationships with her student. Her daughter Linda Bade said she remembers former students hugging her mother when they saw her at church.

Mrs. Snavely died Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Willow Springs. She was 98.

Later in life, Mrs. Snavely spent seven years living in the Terrace Retirement Community in Columbia with her college roommate, Alice Prey.

Mrs. Snavely was an accomplished cook in the eyes of her family. Bade said her handmade noodles called “Grandma’s Favorite Noodles” were legendary.

“The grandkids would fight over who got the bowl first,” Bade said.

Bade and her husband did not allow their children to have sugary cereals. Bade said her children were always excited to go to their grandmother's house because she had Fruit Loops.

Crocheting, sewing, embroidery and quilting also kept Mrs. Snavely busy. Both Bade and Ohnesorge said she made clothing and blankets for her children and grandchildren — and a wedding dress for one of her daughters.

Even during her time at the Willow Springs Nursing Home in Willow Springs, Mrs. Snavely always had a smile to give, Bade said. She pet people’s hands and people would come into her room to kiss her on the forehead.

“She was a gentle soul,” Bade said. “She grew old gracefully.”

Her husband of 45 years, Jerry Snavely, died earlier, as well as her two brothers, Hobart and George Collier.

Mrs. Snavely is survived by her children: Judy Ohnesorge and Linda Bade; her grandchildren: David Ohensorge of Columbia, Laurie Clarkston, Amy Lewis, Jeremy Bade and Erin Jones; and many great-grandchildren.

Services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at White Chapel Funeral Home at 6600 N. Antioch Rd., Gladstone. A burial will follow in White Chapel Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to the Linden Baptist Church. Fond memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.dwnwhitechapel.com. 

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