Inis Marlene “Marlene” <I>Snodgrass</I> Harris

Inis Marlene “Marlene” Snodgrass Harris

Death 23 Feb 2009 (aged 73)
Burial Elk City, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 53731589 · View Source
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Dear Grandma,
I have missed you alot since you passed away. I really wish I could see you but I know you are in a safe place. I know we all miss you and wish we could see you. I just really wish I could see you, I love you so much.
Some of the special memories of you are the tea parties, you picking me up from school and bringing me a Cherry Limeade and a burger, your sweet tea, your kisses, your smell, your pretty smile, and your breakfasts with biscuits with bacon.
But I know when I go to the cemetary you are not there, I know you are in Heaven in a safer place. I miss you and love you.

Love, Mattie Cakes
(Mattie is my 10 year old daughter who was especially close to Mama, and was named after Mama's mother,
Mattie Inez Gallion Snodgrass #25496969)

One January day in 2009, Mama said she 'wasn't thinking clearly' and couldn't remember how to turn on her computer. An unbelievable 42 days later, she was gone. Mom had a rare (reported literally 1 in a million) brain disease called CJD (Cruetzfeld Jakkobs Disease). This disease basically acts like Alzheimer's on steroids! It was an awful way to pass for such a beautiful woman who taught adults to read and English to speakers of other languages. She had an infectious smile, accompanied by a sparkle in her eye. She never spoke an unkind word to anyone, and was always the one people would call for comfort. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, teacher and friend. She is missed every day by those whose lives she touched.

Pray for a cure!

Inis MARLENE Harris was born August 3, 1935 in Seminole, OK to Inis and Orville Ensley Snodgrass. She passed away February 23, 2009 at the age of 73. Marlene grew up in the Varnum and Seminole communities and attended school at Varnum, Seminole, Sasakwa, and graduated high school from Whitesboro, TX. She married Baily Doyle Harris at Ada, OK on July 14, 1951, a union which lasted 58 years.
Marlene served faithfully as a preacher's wife teaching Sunday School and Ladies Bible Class becoming a mentor to women in COlgate, Temple, Marlow, Mustang and Cushing, all in Oklahoma. Many Christians now serving the Lord began their Bible knowledge in Marlene's Bible or VBS classes.
In 1980, Doyle and Marlene moved to Elk City where they made their home while preaching. Marlene was trained as a VISTA volunteer in community literacy. Realizing literacy was a tremendous passion, she established the Western Oklahoma Learning Center in 1993, where she served as Director until a year before her death. Marlene recruited and shared her passion for literacy with her daughter, Kerri, and they worked side by side for 10 years until her illness led her to pass the torch to Kerri to carry on her legacy. Marlene was so proud and so honored to teach hundreds of adults to read and write and she especially loved teaching English as a Second Laguage. She proudly served on the Oklahoma Literacy Coalition Board and worked cosely with the Oklahoma Department of Libraries.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Orville and Mattie Inis Snodgrass, and her three sisters, Georgia, Rose, and Edna. Those who cherished her and will eternally are her husband of the home, son David Wayne Harris of Duncan, Ok; daugther Melita Marlene Meyer of Edmond, OK; daughter Patricia Ilene Hayden of Elk City, OK; daughter Kerri Renee Miles of Canute, OK; brother Loren Joseph Snodgrass of Perry, OK. 13 grandchildren: Matthew Harris, Misty Brown, Mindy Cole, Jeramy Meyer, Logan Meyer, Kyle Brewer, Joshua Brewer, Hailee Nickel, Jace Nickel, Johnna Beecham, John Miles, Mattie Miles, and Jake Miles. 3 great grandchildren: Cayden and Gavin Cole, and Weston Brewer. Special Daughter in Law, Marsha Harris of Duncan, and a host of other relatives and friends.

My cousin Mary wrote about mama:
She was so good to everyone she encountered. I remember her taking care of me while Mother worked. She always made me feel special and when I spilled a whole bottle of her favorite perfume (some how it got all over her dresser, me, and her toilet...hummm) she wouldn't let Mother whip me. I quote Mom, as Aunt Marlene shielded me from Mother's scorn, "Now, Rosie, this little angel just wanted to smell good, too". Doesn't that just sound like Aunt Marlene? Always defending the little ones (I was three or four at the time). I miss her so very much. I still have all of her emails she send me, offering the best advice when things were so bad in my life. I can just hear her and mom in heaven giggling their heads off, with Aunt Edna instructing them on how to be proper.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Inis Marlene “Marlene” Snodgrass Harris (3 Aug 1935–23 Feb 2009), Find a Grave Memorial no. 53731589, citing Fairlawn Cemetery, Elk City, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Kerri Miles (contributor 47290093) .