|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1911|
Silver Bow County
|Death: ||Jul. 6, 1995|
Obituary in the Chronicle on July 10, 1995
Florence L. Snelson
CENTRALIA-- A longtime resident of Centralia, Florence L. Snelson, 83, died at Morton General Hospital on Thursday, July 6.
Born July 9, 1911, in Butte, Mont. to Thomas Francis and Florence (Grady) Cox, she moved to Washington in 1925, graduating from Morton High School in 1929.
She loved to camp and watch her grandchildren play baseball. She was an avid baseball fan.
Her husband of 32 years, Billy R. Snelson, preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lou Swaim, and four brothers, Bernard, Frank and Charlie Cox and Thomas Loomis.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Luond of Morton; a son, Don Gillispie of Glenoma; a brother, Bill Loomis of Centralia; six grandchildrenn; 14 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be donations to Centralia Baseball, P.O. Box 962, Centralia, Wash., 98532 or White Pass Scholoarship Fund, Randle, Washington, 98377.
Arrangements are under the direction of Brown Mortuary Service in Chehalis.
A funeral Mass for Florence L. Snelson will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Morton with the Rev. Roger Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Morton Cemetery, Pallbearsers will be Warren Stinson, Tony Luond, Jerry Martin, Frank McCain, Bernie McCain and David Randall.
Florence was born to Thomas and Florence Grady Cox. When she was 9 years old she lost both her parents. In March of 1917 Thomas died and when December came along her mother passed way leaving six children orphans. Francis Bernard "Barney" 1904-1971; Charles Owen 1906-?; Thomas Francis 1908-?; Florence Lillian 1911-1995; William Edward 1914-1977; and James Thomas 1919-1972.
Thomas' sister Elizabeth Jane "Jennie" Cox and her husband Frank Loomis adopted the four younger children. Barney and Charles kept their own name, but chose to keep their own name and lived with Frank & Jennie.
They lived in South Bend, WA until Frank left for Alaska and then Jennie moved the family to Morton to be closer to her brothers. Barney went with them. Jennie was cook for the Siler's Mill crew until the mill closed. She then moved into the Old Town area of Morton.
In 1930 after Florence had graduated most of the family moved to Aberdeen. Florence and James stayed in Morton. Florence married Bill Gillispie and lived in Morton until their divorce in 1962. In 1964 she married Billy R. Snelson, of Chehalis.
Bill and Florence Gillispie had three children. Mary Lou married Gerald Swaim; Elizabeth Jane and Don William. She had no children with Bill Snelson.
Information gathered from the History of Lewis County, WA.
Billy R. Snelson (1917 - 1994)
William B. Gillispie (1905 - 1979)*
Elizabeth Jane Gillispie Luond (1931 - 2014)*
Mary Lou Swaim (1932 - 1993)*
Morton City Cemetery
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