CHARLENE TURNER SNELLING
(MRS. MURDOCK SNELLING)
November 6, 1929 – June 14, 2008
A memorial service for Charlene Turner Snelling was held at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Monroe, on June 16, 2008. Charlene left this earth on June 14, 2008, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s.
Raised in Philadelphia, Mississippi, she lived a life of joy with her family and friends. As a young child Charlene discovered her gift for music. She began giving back to the community at an early age by playing the piano for the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, along with the church. While attending Ward Belmont College she was invited to perform with the Nashville Symphony. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in music, then began a career as a flight attendant with World Airlines based out of New York.
Charlene married the love of her life, Murdock Snelling, in 1953. After having four children she continued her education by completing a graduate degree in Piano Pedagogy from the Birmingham Southern University. Charlene taught piano for the next thirty years of her life. She will be forever remembered by her many students, young and old, as a wonderful example of God’s grace in giving back. Her other interests included tennis. She was a founding member of the Ladies Wednesday Forsythe Tennis league, where she developed many treasured friendships. An active member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, she helped lead the children’s music program and assisted in the worship services.
Charlene Turner Snelling was an amazing woman whose greatest gift was loving unconditionally. She ministered to all she touched regardless of their position in life.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Murdock M. Snelling, and her son Forrest Turner Snelling. Survivors include her children and their spouses: Renee and Bruce Kerr, Denise and Dr. John Hull and Allen and Judy Snelling and her grandchildren, Turner, Nellie and Eli Kerr, Keely Childress; and Aaron, Shea and Addison Snelling.
Source: Louisiana Conference Journal, 2009; p. 259 Her Children
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