Friday, December 19, 2014



Helen Viola (McAlexander) Snodgrass, 93, Ottawa, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Ottawa Retirement Village.

Graveside services are planned for 11 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, at Richmond Cemetery, Richmond, Kansas. Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Snodgrass 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Dengel & Son Mortuary, Ottawa.

Helen was born Thursday, Aug. 12, 1920, in Mayetta, Kansas, the daughter of Caples Frederick and Helen Naomi (Reynolds) McAlexander.

She has lived in Ottawa since 1996, moving here from Vassar where she lived from 1985 to 1996. She lived in Overland Park in the mid-1970s and previously lived in Topeka.

She attended Seaman High School, Topeka, with the Class of 1937.

Helen married Bill Wenthe Jan. 29, 1937, in Topeka, Kansas. They later divorced.

She married Marion Snodgrass Dec. 2, 1962, in Las Vegas, Nevada. He preceded her in death Dec. 3, 1989.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Earnest, Otis and Charles McAlexander; and a sister, Mary Messenger-Fretz.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Wenthe Blake; grandchildren, Bill Blake, Ottawa, Joe Blake and wife Dottie, Garnett, and Linda (Blake) Price and husband, Ed, Huntsville, Utah; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth (Blake) Alcantara and husband, Bogar, Alexandria, Virginia, Jesse Blake, Garnett, Sheldon Price and wife, Shaylee, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, and Austin and Leslie Price, Utah; and great-great granddaughter, Natalie Alcantara, Virginia.

Helen was a bookkeeper for many businesses in Ottawa, Topeka and Kansas City, eventually working and retiring from the Social Security department, as an auditor.

She was proud of her three brothers who served during World War II, as well as her granddaughter, great-granddaughter, and great-grandson who currently are serving in the military.

She enjoyed camping, fishing and water skiing, especially with her three grandchildren, whom she taught to ski.

The family suggests memorial contributions to United Service Organization-Fort Riley through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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