Dorothy A. Snyder, a pioneer resident of Lake Havasu City, moved on to her heavenly home on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. Dorothy, one of five children, was born 92 years ago to Homer and Martha Larrance in Kansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Snyder; her two brothers and two sisters; a granddaughter, Deena Billinger Finley; and her great-granddaughter, Terren Finley.
After losing her mother at a young age, she was raised by an aunt in California, later moving to Needles, Calif., to work in her sister Francis' restaurant as a waitress. There she met Moyne Kennedy and they were married in Kingman. Moyne died in a railroad accident, and she and her daughter, Louise, moved to Denver to live with her oldest brother, Ralph. There she met and married Roger Snyder and celebrated 60 years of married life. She also gave birth to another daughter, Valerie Dee.
Roger, Dorothy and their daughters moved to Iowa, where they farmed near Griswold, Iowa, before opening Roger's Recreation, a combination of soda fountain, restaurant and pool hall. They then sold the restaurant and became managers of the Red Oak Country Club and Golf Course.
Moving to Lake Havasu in 1968, Dorothy and Louise opened the Havasu Florist and Gifts shop on McCulloch Blvd. Each year she would hold a Christmas open house at the flower shop in November. Dorothy was one of the judges for the first Tour of Christmas Lights in town, and right after the completion of the London Bridge, she was the judge of the first of the many years to come of the London Bridge Parade of Lights. After selling the business in 1972, Dorothy became manager of the three London Bridge Gift Shops.
Dorothy was a 59-year member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was a charter member of Havasu No. 61, member of the Order of Amaranth, a charter member of the Community United Presbyterian Church and member of the Community United Presbyterian Women, a member of the Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce, and member of Havasu Elkettes.
Family missing her include her daughters, Valerie Billinger of Lake Havasu and Louise (Jerry) Moran of Kingman; grandchildren, Denise Billinger-Smith of Wyoming, David (Cindy) Croxell of Mesa, Theresa (Randy) Bunch of Chandler, Kelli (Mike) Davis of Mesa, Casey (Tony) Bruno and Shannon (Mike) Hausler of Montana; seven great-granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; and one great-great-granddaughter.
A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Masonic Lodge Hall, 2901 Chemehuevi Blvd., Lake Havasu City, with Pastor Michael Bryant officiating, and an Order of the Eastern Star ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Order of the Eastern Star HAVEN charity. The mailing address: P.O. Box 76, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86405-0076.