By The Mercury

Pauline Snodgrass, 102, died Saturday.

Pauline Margaret Lueck was born on Aug. 22, 1911, in Holton. She moved to Netawaka when she was a child and was a graduate of Netawaka High School.

After attending Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., Pauline became a teacher in Netawaka, where she met her future husband, Wayne Snodgrass, whom she married in 1933. They made their home in Eskridge and Hiawatha until 1937, when they relocated to Clay Center.

After Wayne’s death in 1969, Pauline attended Kansas State University, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education.

Pauline operated a nursery school in her home. In 1972, she founded the Clay County Child Care Center, which was located in the Presbyterian Church.

She was one of the original members of the Pawnee Mental Health Services board and served on the board for 34 years. She was a member of PEO for 70 years and was also actively involved in NEA, WSCS, Rotary Club and Lions Club.

In addition to her husband, Pauline was preceded in death by two grandsons, Morris Ira Block and Larry Charles Snodgrass.

She is survived by Carol Hall of Washington, D.C., C.L. of Clay Center, Kathleen Clinesmith of New York City, Kenny of Austin, Texas, David of Tacoma, Wash., Diane Sollenberger of St. Paul. Minn., seven grandchildren,  11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Clay Center United Methodist Church.

Respect calls can be made Tuesday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home.

Memorial donations to the Clay County Child Care Center,  Clay County Arts Council,  Pawnee Mental Health Services, Clay Center United Methodist Church or Presbyterian Manor.

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