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Clara Olive Snyder Blaise Shepherd
Posted by: Tom Blaise (ID *****1354) Date: December 21, 2002 at 19:22:02
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Clara Olive Snyder was born February 16, 1906 at Piqua, Ohio. She was the daughter of Mabel Mitchell Snyder and of John Abbott Snyder; and a grandaughter of Olive Merriman Snyder and Andrew Griffin Snyder of Muncie, Indiana and Piqua, Ohio.

In 1914, she moved with her parents to Joplin, Missouri, where her father was engaged in the automobile business and founded the Snyder Bus Company, an interurban bus line, later purchased by the Crown Coach Company.

She studied the violin and piano as a child and attended National Park Seminary in Forest Glen, Maryland, graduating in 1926. She afterwards attended the University of Kansas.

In 1934 she married Dudley Eugene Blaise at the First Presbyterian Church in Joplin. Mr. Blaise was at the time connected with the Admiralty Zinc Company, of which his father, E.F. Blaise was president.

In 1937 she and her husband moved to Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico, where Mr. Blaise operated the El Cedro Mining Company as president until the company was liquidated following a lengthy mine workers' strike while Lazaro Cardenas was President of Mexico.

Two sons were born to Clara Olive and Dudley: Dudley E. Blaise Jr. in 1937 and Thomas M. Blaise in 1938.

Clara Olive and Dudley were divorced in November 1949, following a separation of many years.

She married Charles Maynard Shepherd, a native of England, who was treasurer of the Empire District Electric Company at Joplin on December 3, 1949.

She was appointed to the board of directors of the Joplin Public Library by Mayor John Temples in 1936. She also served as a member of the board of directors of the Joplin Woman's Club, of the Joplin Little Theater, and of the Jasper County Heart Association.

She was a president of St. Margaret's Guild at St. Philip's Episcopal Church and a sponsor of the Young People's Service League for several years, of which her two sons held leadership positions.

She was also a member of the Community Concert Association and a member of the auxiliary of Freeman Hospital.

She died in 1976 at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa as a result of complications due to negligent surgical procedures.

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