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Doris Olive Snodgrass obituary

Published on September 5, 2017 12:01AM

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Doris Snodgrass

Doris Snodgrass


Feb. 8, 1920 — Aug. 22, 2017

Doris Olive Hungerford Snodgrass, 97, of Seaside, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, at Providence Seaside Hospital. She was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Moscow, Idaho, the daughter of the late Charles W. Hungerford and Ruth Patridge Hungerford of Moscow.

Doris was raised in Moscow, and was involved with the school orchestra and chorus in high school. She went to college at the University of Idaho, where she majored in music and belonged to the Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

Doris toured with an all-female orchestra and choir during the war, and also had the opportunity to meet Eleanor Roosevelt when Eleanor visited the University of Idaho. Although Doris was a piano major, she also played the cello in orchestra, and continued to play cello, along with piano, her entire life. She met Walter Howard Snodgrass when he took up bassoon in order to sit next to her in the orchestra. They were married in June 1941, the same spring they both earned their bachelor of music degrees.

Doris and Walt moved to Orofino, Idaho, where Walt taught school music, then took a teaching job in Sandpoint, before Walt was called into service for World War II. Doris moved back to Moscow, where she re-enrolled at the University of Idaho and went on to earn her master’s degree in music education. When the war was over, Walt and Doris moved to Rosalia, Idaho, where Walt resumed teaching school.

In 1953 they moved to Moscow, where Walt taught music in the public schools. Doris taught private piano for many years, and even a second generation of piano students. Former students remembered her kind countenance, patience and in-home recitals that were frequent events. For many years Doris belonged to the “Friends of Music,” a local organization of musicians. She was also a founding member of the alumnae chapter in Moscow for Sigma Alpha Iota.

In 1977, they both retired and moved to Oregon to fulfill their lifelong dream of living near the ocean. They began their retirement in Elsie, Oregon, and moved to Seaside in 1991. They both enjoyed playing piano, two side-by-side baby grands, and had a library of two-piano music.

Both Walt and Doris were active in the Seaside Lions Club, the AARP, the SMART program and Senior Commission. When Walt passed away in 2002, Doris continued to belong to the organizations, but expanded her community involvement with a local book club, volunteering at the Seaside Library, and the local garden club, when she played background piano music at the annual Sweet Affair for several years. Doris became a member of the Friday Music Club, participated in monthly meetings and continued playing with them until her death.

Doris enjoyed a lifelong affair with plants. She planted countless trees as tributes, as well as beautifying whatever location she resided in. She often volunteered in city planting projects, and donated many starts of iris and other plants to help her local flower beds. She was passionate about the Seaside Library, and volunteered with the new building. She was an avid reader, and played her piano almost every day of her life.

In her later years she lived at the Suzanne Elise Retirement home in Seaside, Oregon, and enjoyed many of their social programs.

Doris is survived by her children, Lynn Schmidt of Reedsport, Dianne Thrailkill (Grant) of Florence, Montana, and Mark (Jennifer) Snodgrass, of Moscow, Idaho; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Pat Hungerford.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Walt; sister-in-law, Gayle Hungerford; daughter-in-law, Martha Snodgrass; son-in-law, Philip Schmidt; her brothers and sister-in-law, Roger (Carol) Hungerford of Tucson, Arizona, and Kenneth Hungerford of Moscow, Idaho.

There will be a private family memorial.

The family suggests that memorials be made to the Friday Musical Club, c/o Laurie Drage, P.O. Box 706, Warrenton, OR 97146; the Sou’Wester Garden Club; or the Seaside Library.


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