Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Doris L. Snavely

On this 19th round of ABC WEDNESDAY, I'm going to feature some of the people in my life that really made me who I am today.

My Aunt Doris Lee was born in 1912, she was the wife of my Dad's brother William.

Aunt Doris was an avid reader, at least a book a week, Her favorite place to purchase books was the Salvation Army.  I remember one time vividly I was about 14 and staying the day with her. She said "we are going shopping to Macy's on Tracy street". Little did I know that it was the Salvation Army--they lived on Tracy Street. I found "Shepherd of the Hills", a true story of a family that lived in the hills of the Ozark Mountains. I think of this time often.

They had a summer house at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri and my parents also did too. The houses were about a block apart. Much of my time was spent with her. Her and my Uncle Bill at one time had a small grocery store in their basement and a small one pump marina for the boats.  I used to help her in the store running the cash register. I remember them stocking Jack Sprat peanut butter at the time, I thought it was so funny.

My uncle, dad and few of the other summer dwellers wanted to have a church so they all went together and built a small church on the point and hired a minister.  We would go to the cabin every weekend in the summer and went to Sunday School and Church. We would sit in the pews and hear the speed boats flying by and knew we would be out there after lunch.

My  Aunt Doris was my Sunday School teacher. Does anyone remember the old flannel boards they would teach the lessons with? Boy what good memories.

I think the flannel board was actually green and we learned all the Old Testament stories and Aunt Doris was  a pro at teaching them. These are some characters similar that she would use.

Aunt Doris passed away in 1996, she was 85 and I really miss her smiles, cooking and encouragement.

Linking with ABC WEDNESDAY



Leslie: said...

What a DELIGHTFUL tribute to your DEAR Aunt DORIS! Enjoyed this very much.

abcw team

Melody Steenkamp said...

Wonderful hommage to a wonderful person, how rich you must feel to have such an aunt...

Btw, you mention the 20th round... ;-)

Have a nice ABC-W-Day / – week
♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

Hildred said...

Memories are such a treasure.

Reader Wil said...

A great way to commemorate your aunt! Thanks for your comment. The Dreamtime was part of the Aboriginal history and culture, but almost forgotten by the indigenous people of Australia.

photodoug said...

Ann, wonderful way to remember a loved one. Thanks for sharing.

Sue McPeak said...

Oh, I loved reading about your Aunt Doris and the special memories you have of her. Such fun things to remember, the book store and even the book that you bought there...wonderful. How about that Jack Sprat peanut butter. Very special Sunday memories as well. A lovely tribute!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Your Aunt Doris would've been quite pleased of how you wrote about her.

Roger Owen Green said...

that is a DEAR story!

photowannabe said...

This is a delightful introduction to your sweet Aunt.
I think I would have liked her too.
I never heard of that brand of peanut butter before. Great graphics on the label.
Oh yes, flannel board stories were a main stay in my youth.
My Mom was a Sunday School teacher and we had a huge box of Bible Characters. I used to play with them all the time.
Boy, I haven't thought of that in years!! Great memories.
Thanks Ann for the trip down memory lane.

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