Martha Louise Snodgrass nee Drewel of Steelville, MO was born in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, August 27, 1929 to George Drewel and Lucille (Taylor) Drewel. She passed away in Steelville, MO on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at the age of 91 years, 2 months, and 8 days.
Martha moved with her family to St. Louis, MO when she was 9 years old. She graduated from Maries County R-II High School, Belle, MO. She met her future husband, James "Jim" Snodgrass, before he left to serve in the military during World War II. They married in Owensville, MO on December 27, 1946 and to this union 4 children were born. Martha worked as a secretary in Jim's insurance companies, MFA and Shelter Insurance. In 1960 they moved from Owensville, MO to Steelville, MO.
She was an active member of Steelville Presbyterian Church where she enjoyed singing in the choir. She was a member and the treasurer of the church's "Circle Women's Group" until 1989. She was always cooking and working in the church kitchen during all church events, which included bereavement and many more. She enjoyed making food (including ground hog) for the church's famous annual ground hog dinner. She was great at making cakes and made them for Meals of Love, as well as wedding cakes.
Martha enjoyed working with the Cub Scouts. She also enjoyed gardening, flowers, vegetables, canning, crafts, art, quilting, crocheting, and painting with both water colors and oil. Among her many other hobbies and chores, was sheep shearing which then entailed the old time wool arts of: washing, coloring, drying the wool, then cording and spinning on a spinning wheel. Most of all she loved spending time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her parents George and Lucille Drewel; parents-in-law James Sr. (Aldiline) Snodgrass; infant son Lester Paul Snodgrass; brothers Jim Drewel, George Drewel, and Don (Barbara) Drewel; sister Pat (Maurice) "Duke" Duquenoy; brothers-in-law Wilbur "Bill" (Nell) Snodgrass, William "Bob" (Virginia) Snodgrass, Buel Pershing "Jake" (Mary Lou) Snodgrass, Harvey Allen Snodgrass, and Paul (Genevieve) Snodgrass; sisters-in-law Jewel (John) Cruts, Norma Dean (Spence) Spencer, and Gold Dean (Rudy) Rodriquez.
She is survived by her husband Jim Snodgrass of Steelville, MO; sons Dan (Summer) Snodgrass of Nixa, MO, Johnny (Tamara) Snodgrass of St. James, MO, and Tim Snodgrass of Steelville, MO; sisters-in-law Verna Snodgrass of Owensville, MO, Terry Drewel of Licking, MO, Evelyn Drewel of Union, MO, and Della "Faye" Dautenhahn (Bill Cloud) of Slidell, LA; grandchildren Sherri (Mike) Cornick of Steelville, MO, John Lawrence (Heather) Snodgrass of Cape Girardeau, MO, Jacob (Amy) Snodgrass of Aurora, CO, Matthew Snodgrass of Cameron, MO, and Jennifer (Dustin) Ensign of Cameron, MO; great grandchildren Taylor (Daulton) Conaway, Andrew Cornick, Oliver Snodgrass, Corin Ensign and Xander Ensign; great great granddaughter Evangeline Cornick; nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Snodgrass Cemetery in Vienna, MO with Bro. Don McFall officiating.
All arrangements under the care of Hutson Funeral Home, Steelville, MO.
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