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Lois A. Snavely 1934-2014

January 16, 2014
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Lois A. Snavely will be held Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at Lost Island Lutheran Church in Ruthven. Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 19, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Lois Ann Chism was born on April 9, 1934 to Russell and Helen (Meier) Chism. Lois grew up in Emmetsburg and graduated from Emmetsburg High School.

Lois married Donald Snavely soon after high school. When Don returned from military service in Korea, Lois and he farmed together in the Emmetsburg area, then moved to Lost Island Township near Ruth-ven, where they farmed until Don's death in 1984.

Lois then began a second career as a teacher's aide at the Ruthven-Ayrshire Community School. She enjoyed the children and staff at the school very much and was truly a devoted employee.

Lois was also very interested in supporting the Ruthven Community Care Center as it expanded. After living in the care center for a short while, she moved to Trinity Center at Luther Park in Des Moines to be closer to her family. Family was always very important to Lois, especially her five grandchildren.

Lois passed away on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald; son, "Donnie"; sisters, Wilma Sheehan and Genevieve Forey; and brother, Russell Chism.

Lois is survived by her daughter, Kelly Traviss and son-in-law, Jeff Traviss of Des Moines; son, Rodney Snavely and daughter-in-law, Kelly Schuler of Des Moines; grandchildren, Mallory Traviss, Huston Traviss, Madison Traviss, Emily Snavely and Kale Snavely; brothers, Roger Chism and Jerry Chism; sister, Pam Wirtz; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be given to the Ruthven Community Care Center or to the Ruthven-Ayrshire Elementary School.

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