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Edna Frances Snouffer

Edna Frances Snouffer

Female 1901 - 1985  (84 years)

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  • Name Edna Frances Snouffer  [1, 2, 3
    Born 17 Jan 1901  Upper Sandusky, Wyandot Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 12 Apr 1985  Pico Rivera, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 5, 6
    Buried Cremated; ashes scattered at sea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2170  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2014 

    Father Edwin C. Snouffer,   b. 4 Jul 1860, Willshire, Van Wert Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Sep 1931, Findlay, Hancock Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Jennie May Hanson,   b. 25 Feb 1867, Gahannah, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Aug 1929, Columbus, Franklin Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married 29 May 1892  Westerville, Franklian Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10
    Family ID F779  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gard Darst Groce,   b. 4 Feb 1895, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jun 1976, Whittier, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 17 Oct 1920  Fostoria, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 11
    Children 
     1. Gard Darst Groce, Jr,   b. 23 Dec 1924, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1945, China Sea Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
     2. Jack Dale Groce,   b. 11 Nov 1927, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1979, Whittier, Los Angeles Cnty, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 51 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 
    Family ID F806  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1910 census lists Edna F. Snouffer, 9, living at home with her parents and siblings. 1910 U.S. Census, Perry twsp, Franklin Cnty, OH (T624, Roll 1213, stamped p. 141B).

      Edna was a member of the 1918 class at Fostoria High School, Fostoria, OH. www.rootsweb.com/~ohseneca/1918hs.html. Further, she was captain of the basketball team. See the Fostoria, OH, High School yearbook "The Milestone," pp. 16, 46 (1918). According to her mother's obituary, Edna was living in Cleveland, OH, when her mother died in 1929.

      According to the Social Security Death Index, Edna Groce (SSN 564-44-9147; issued in California) was born 17 Jan 1901 and died in Apr 1985 while living in Los Angeles Cnty, CA.
    • A tribute written to "Nana" by grand-daughter Cindy Groce Adams:

      "Edna Francis Snouffer was born on January 17, 1901 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, to Edwin C. and Jennie Hanson Snouffer. She had two older brothers, James and John, as well as an older sister, Susan. Three years later she would have another brother, Harry, making a total of 5 children in the family.
      "When she was younger, her father was a traveling salesman. However, in later years, he worked for the railroad and eventually became a supervisor. They were very active in the Methodist Church as a family, and Nana was a good student. I remember her telling me that she was taking German in high school and, when the United States entered World War I, the classes were stopped and the books were destroyed (although she said that everyone knew the books were really hidden in the school attic).
      "When she was 18 she met my grandfather, Gard Groce, and they were married on October 17, 1920, when she was 19 years old. She never worked outside the home in her life, but was very social and had many friends in Ohio.
      "On December 23, 1924, their first son, Gard Darst Jr., was born, followed by my father, Jack Dale, on November 11, 1927. Both children were born in Cleveland, Ohio.
      "They lived most of their early married life in Ohio, purchasing their first home in 1926 at 13501 Rugby Road in Cleveland. I remember her talking about this time in her life as one of her happiest. They lived in that home from 1926 until 1941, at which time they moved briefly to Olympia Falls, Illinois. They only lived there for 6 months before my grandfather's job caused them to move west to Burlingame, California, where they bought a house at 2723 Adelina Drive.
      "In late March, 1943 her oldest son, Gard Jr., enlisted in the Air Force and became a radio operator. She was exceptionally close to Junior and so it affected her very deeply when, on March 14, 1945, his plane was shot down over the China Sea and he was killed. Rumor is that her hair turned white almost overnight, and she aged 20 years in the span of a month. His death affected the rest of her life.
      "In 1952 they moved to Whittier, California and bought a house at 9142 Hornby Avenue, where they would live until my grandfather died in 1976. They moved to Whittier to be closer to my dad, mom and - eventually - me. They made many friends in Whittier and often their friends and family from Ohio would come to visit. She was an avid correspondent, and would set aside time every day to write letters. She loved to play cards and was active in bridge clubs. In fact, I remember sitting in her living room many times while she taught me various card games. Always a strong Christian, she would often sing hymns while she was doing her housework, thereby teaching them to me when I visited. They enjoyed traveling and would drive back to Ohio almost every year. I also remember them visiting the Seattle World's Fair and taking me to San Francisco for my first time in the summer of 1963.
      "While her physical health was always good, we started to notice lapses in memory and repetition of stories. This increased in the mid-to late 1970s and it appears she had some "mini strokes", although this was never determined for sure.
      "When my grandfather died on June 22, 1974, it became apparent that she couldn't live alone. For awhile, my father moved back in but that was difficult on both of them. He eventually sold their house and put her in an extended care facility.
      "The last time I saw her, when I returned to Whittier to make arrangements for my father's burial, she was very happy to see me...but had no idea who I was. Eventually her physical state began to catch up with her mental state and she died on April 12, 1985 at the age of 84. She lived longer than any of my other grandparents.
      "At her request, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered at sea, in memory of her son. On what would have been her plot, next to my grandfather, is a plaque that I had made for her.
      "It reads: 'Edna Francis [sic] Groce, 1901-1985, Beloved Wife, Mother and Grandmother. Gard Darst Groce Junior, 1923-1945, Lost at Sea WW II. Jack Dale Groce, 1927-1979, Resting at Riverside National Cemetary.' Their plot is at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier."
      See: http://www.pl.mundia.com/us/Person/3050534/-1782410957
    • Note that, although her ashes were scatted at sea, she is memorialized at Rose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles Cnty, CA. See: www.Findagrave.com (# 40287607).

  • Sources 
    1. [S90] Barbara Erbele Woods|, Barbara L. Snouffer Erbele Woods, "Family Pedigree Chart" : July 1982 ; & Email correspondence, (Barbara S. Erbele Woods; Email: erbelewoods@frontier.com).

    2. [S206] Ancestry Tree - mcdonough|, Anonymous, "mcdonough" family tree, (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ListView.aspx?tid=1919959).

    3. [S210] Ancestry Tree - Adams Family|, Adams, Cindy Groce, "Adams Family", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ListView.aspx?tid=3050534).

    4. [S147] OH Census 1910, Perry Twsp|, Ohio, Franklin Cnty, Perry Twsp, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T624, R1213, p. 141B (Reliability: 2).

    5. [S471] Social Security|, U.S. Social Security Admin., Social Security Death Index, (http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=3693).

    6. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 40287607.

    7. [S729] OH Marriages - 2 |, Ohio Marriages, 1800-1958, (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT; online database at https://familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://hr-search-api:8080/searchapi/search/collection/1681001), https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XDHL-82T.

    8. [S204] Fostoria [OH] Daily Review|, Anonymous, "Mrs. Jennie May Snouffer Died in Columbus," p. 1, (Fostoria [OH] Daily Review : 23 Aug 1929).

    9. [S147] OH Census 1910, Perry Twsp|, Ohio, Franklin Cnty, Perry Twsp, 1910 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), T624, R1213, p. 141B.

    10. [S205] OH Census 1900, Wyandot |, Ohio, Wyandot Cnty, Upper Sandusky, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 1334, p. 197).

    11. [S209] Ancestry Tree - Montgomery & Darst|, Michael Germek, "Montgomery & Darst", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/ListView.aspx?tid=4347374).