Lorayne H. Snyder (1920 – 2017)
It is with deep sadness that we share the passing of Lorayne H. Snyder, age 96. She passed peacefully at home after a brief illness surrounded by her family on Thursday, April 27, 2017. She was born in Gilbert, Arizona on December 24, 1920 to Orland (Orie) and Ida Hadlock. She had one brother, Everett.
In 1924 at the age of 4, Lorayne and her family moved to California and settled in Ventura. She has been a Ventura County Resident for 92 years. She attended schools in Ventura and graduated from Ventura Senior High School, class of 1938 and two years later from Ventura College.
Lorayne met her future husband and the love of her life, Paul N. Snyder while in high school and they were married on January 28, 1940. They welcomed their only child William (Bill) Snyder in 1943. During their 69 years of marriage the two of them built (with little outside help) their home on Walnut Drive in El Rio where they lived until moving back to Ventura in 1966. They enjoyed bowling and belonged to several leagues. In addition to bowling, they enjoyed camping and fishing throughout the United States. She worked for the Automobile Club of Southern California (AAA) for several years and then went to work for The Southern California Gas Co., retiring in 1983. After her retirement Lorayne enjoyed the many years she spent as a volunteer for Community Memorial Hospital (CMH) working in the gift shop and the numerous cruises they went on, sailing to various ports around the world. They loved Hawaii and enjoyed taking their three granddaughters with them on a number of their trips and introducing them to the warm Hawaiian surf.
Lorayne was an active person and involved in many organizations. Her passion was genealogy and she spent decades researching her family history. She was admitted into the Daughter of the American Revolution (DAR) in 1969 and had the honor of being the Mitz-Khan-A-Khan Chapter’s oldest member. Lorayne held numerous Chapter, District and State offices over the years from Regent to Treasurer; In addition to the DAR she was admitted into the Daughters of Union Veterans of The Civil War (DUV) in October 2011. She was also a member of the Heritage Club and the Dames of the Court/Honor.
Lorayne was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 2009 and her brother Everett in 1985. She is survived by her son, William L. Snyder (Elaine) of Newbury Park, CA; three special granddaughters, Shannon Pineda of Camarillo, CA, Laura McCarter of Moorpark, CA and Cynthia Markus of Charlotte, NC; two step-grandchildren, Todd Jordan (Olga) of Pt. Hueneme, CA and Lynn Duffy (Scott) of San Diego, CA; nine great grandchildren; and her nephew, Tere Hadlock (Linda) of Fremont, CA.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm, at Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, in Ventura. A memorial and celebration of Lorayne’s life will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, 11:00 am, at Ventura Baptist Church, 5415 Ralston Street, in Ventura.
The family wishes to give a special thank you to her wonderful neighbors, to the Community Memorial Hospital ER and ICU doctors and nurses for their wonderful care during her stay, and to the Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurses/Hospice for their wonderful care during her final days with us.
Published in Ventura County Star from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2017
From President Sue Ramsey:
I started working for Southern California (then Counties) Gas Co. in September 1967–50 years ago this year! Lorayne worked in the Oxnard payment office. While we didn’t work in the same building, we did know each other and had many phone interactions. After SoCo and SoCal Gas merged in 1971, they eventually closed the main office where I worked and opened a new one in Santa Barbara. For many years thereafter, we held Ventura Division ladies dinner reunions. I believe the last one was on December 8, 1980, which sticks in my memory because it was the day John Lennon was killed. That was the last time I’d seen Lorayne up until she showed up as a prospective member at one of our tent meetings in 2011. I didn’t know she was coming and she didn’t know I was a member! I had the privilege to initiate her as a member in January 2012. Her ancestor was Pvt. Morgan Drum, Co. H, 132nd PA. After his discharge in 1863, he and his family moved to the Los Olivos area of Santa Barbara County, CA. Drum Canyon is named for him.
Lorraine & I at her initiation, January 13, 2012
Some of you may remember our field trip to Drum Barracks 2 years ago. Her granddaughter Shannon Pineda & great granddaughter Amanda Pineda, also our tent sisters, drove Lorayne down to join us in Wilmington. Many of the displays are on the second story but Lorayne was not to be deterred and insisted on climbing those stairs to take a look (with help of course). She was a trooper, that’s for sure!!
I know you will join me in extending our sincere sympathy to Shannon & Amanda, as well as the entire family.
In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty,