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Elvira M. Snyder

March 3, 1922 - October 17, 2015

Burial Date November 3, 2015

Funeral Home Snyder's Care Center

Cemetery Riverside National Cemetery

Church Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Monday (11/2): Viewing – 9AM to 9PM, Snyder’s Care Center

Tuesday (11/3): Visitation – 9AM t0 10:15AM; Funeral Mass – 10:15AM, Sacred Heart Catholic Church

Burial – 2:15PM, Riverside National Cemetery

Reception to follow burial at The Historical Mission Inn (3640 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501)


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Elvira Michaels Snyder was born in Los Angeles, California on March 3, 1922, to Irene Whittley and Charles Michaels. Elvira (much better known as Elve) was the eldest of three children born to Irene and Charles — she had a sister, Thelma (Tillie) and a brother, Charles (Chuck).

Elve’s very interesting family history included roots on beautiful Catalina Island. Her mother Irene was born on the island, and Irene’s parents (Elve’s grandparents) raised sheep there. Eventually the family moved to the mainland.

Elve met her husband-to-be, Benjamin Franklin (Ben) Snyder, at Toland Way Elementary School in Highland Park, and they married young, eventually having a family of three children, Dorothy (“Tinker”), Sheila, and Jon. Irene also joined the household when older and in delicate health, and Elve was a devoted caregiver to her mother. In addition to her home responsibilities, Elve had a 25-year-long career with Boys Markets, including managing the General Merchandise section of the market in which she worked.

Elve was an accomplished seamstress and needlework aficionado. She turned out professional-quality clothing, even sewing all of the dresses for her granddaughter Amber’s wedding, and created beautiful afghans and other crochet work to decorate each home in which she lived. Elve set high standards for herself regarding the appearance of her homes, such that someone arriving at her doorstep would be unlikely to ever hear “Sorry, the place is a mess!”

Elve and Ben were married for 58 years, until Ben’s death in 1996. Elvira Michaels Snyder is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 17 great-great grandchildren (with two more on the way). 

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