Joann Snell


April 24, 1920 - Feb. 9, 2010

Joann Cumber Snell, 89, wife, homemaker, mother and retired secretary for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, at the Odd Fellows Home.

Mrs. Snell was born April 24, 1920, in Jamestown, N.D., the only child of Ted and Isabelle Cumber. Joan went to North Dakota State in Fargo (BA in home economics). She also attended the Fargo Business College for two years. After college, she met Roy Snell, another North Dakota native, who had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps before World War II. They met in LaMoure, N.D., while she was working for U.S. Department of Agriculture. Roy and Joann were married according to the rite of the Catholic Church on April 14l, 1945, at Chapel, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, S.C. The couple were married for 52 years, until Mr. Snell's death in 2000.

Mrs. Snell worked with her husband on their family farm near Montpelier, N.D. They had six children together and moved in 1962 to Walla Walla. She worked for a brief time as a cook for the Walla Walla School District and after her children were raised, she was a ward secretary for the Veterans Hospital in Walla Walla, and later for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Walla Walla. She loved square dancing, cooking and finding bargains at neighborhood yard sales. She also had a fondness for toy poodles, raising three of them during her married life. Some of her children referred to the dogs as their "younger brothers." Mrs. Snell retired in the 1980s.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Roy; grandson "Little" Phil Snell; and close friend, Dale Gullickson, of Los Angeles, Calif. She is survived by her children, Steve Snell and his wife, Janet, of Walla Walla; Sandra White of Los Angeles, Calif; Tom Snell and his wife, Beverley, of Walla Walla; Philip Snell and his wife, Diane, of Estacada, Ore.; John Snell of Beaverton, Ore., and Michael and Peggy Snell of Auburn, Wash; 14 grand children, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral mass will be held Friday, Feb. 12, 1:30 p.m. at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church in Walla Walla. Private interment will follow at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Providence St. Mary Regional Cancer Center. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Herring Groseclose Funeral Home,Virginia Herring
Mahan, funeral director.


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