(Mary) Charlene Adams Snelson passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday, March 23.
She was born Aug. 8, 1930, the youngest of three children, to Nick and Jardena Adams, Kempton, Illinois.
She attended Kempton Grade and High Schools where she graduated as valedictorian of her high school class in 1948. She was active in sports and music throughout these years.
She then attended Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, majoring in music. She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in music education in January 1952.
She was married to Keith Snelson of Decatur, Illinois, Feb. 23, 1952. They recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary together.
After graduating, she taught public school music in Illinois, Indiana and Ohio for several years until beginning her family of six children, three boys and three girls: Brian (Kim) Snelson, Provo, Utah, Julie (Blake) Walters, Elkhart, Linda Barker, New Albany, Thomas (Monique) Snelson, Granger, Martha (Perry) Christensen, Laie, Hawaii, and Daniel (Kelly) Snelson of Orem, Utah.
When those children attended school, Charlene began to teach private piano lessons and later did substitute teaching, mostly at Concord Schools. She was also a church choir director and hand bell director for many years at Dunlap United Methodist Church.
She attended Trinity Church in Elkhart and was active in the adult choir and hand bell choir until health problems limited her activities.
One of her favorite hobbies was sewing and quilting. She has constructed a wedding quilt for each of her 30 grandchildren along with many wall hangings and other quilted projects.
She was a member of the Heartland Quilt Guild and Matinee Musical and well as Christ Care Group of Trinity Church.
Along with her six children and 30 grandchildren, she has 11 great-grandchildren with three more on the way. She loved her family and friends.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service Monday, March 27, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2715 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart.
Burial will follow at Sugar Grove Cemetery, Goshen.
Her care has been entrusted to Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home. Online condolences may be directed to www.hartzlrgutermuthinman.com.
Published on March 24, 2017