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Gervaise Helen  Belling

Gervaise Helen Belling

Female 1926 - 2008  (81 years)

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  • Name Gervaise Helen Belling 
    Born 26 Jun 1926  Minneapolis, MN Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Jan 2008  Highlands, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Ashes scattered Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I1669  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2010 

    Father Theodore Herman Rudolph Belling,   b. 22 Sep 1899, Appleton, Outagamie Cnty, WI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1968, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Cnty, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Mother Gervaise Damian Snouffer,   b. 2 Apr 1900, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Dec 1980, Ft. Lauderdale, Broward Cnty, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 11 Sep 1923  Burlington, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Robert Anthony Dynes,   b. 26 Aug 1925, Rehoboth, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Dec 2004, Houston, Harris Cnty, TX Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 28 Dec 1950  Barrington, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Gervaise Robin Dynes,   b. 9 Aug 1954, Baltimore, Baltimore Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
     2. Robert Stanley Dynes,   b. 2 Jan 1956, Baltimore, Baltimore Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)
     3. Peter Grant Dynes,   b. 11 Mar 1959, Denver, CO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 12:43:00 
    Family ID F591  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In April, 2005, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak wrote:
      "My grandmother's family was a bit daft. I discovered [my grandmother's name] "Parthemia" when I was searching census records years ago. I chalked it up to a bad census taker because my grandmother was baptized Gervaise Damian Snouffer on April 14, 1900, just two weeks after her birth. Her certificate and church records confirm that. Her mother, Mary C. Foley, must have been having a joke with the census taker. My grandmother's birth record wasn't filed until the 1940's but to our knowledge she was always called Gervaise. We are not even sure where Mary came up with Gervaise in the first place. She was a devout Catholic and raised all 4 children in the church. There was a St. Gervais (male) and that's where my grandmother thought it came from. Especially since the other 3 children have relatively common names. She [Mary] was a reader though, and may have found it somewhere in literature. When I Google Gervaise I get the 1950s French movie/novel of the same name and that's about it. We have continued a family tradition of naming the first daughter Gervaise, so I am number 3 and my daughter is number 4. We have three in the household now and you should see the confusion we cause at doctors' offices!" (EMail to Wm.C.Snouffer, 12 Apr 2005)

      Obituary, http://obit.horanandmcconaty.com/obitdisplay.html?id=499869&listing=Current (accessed Jan 2008):
      "Gervaise B. Dynes, 81, formerly of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL died peacefully at her home in Highlands Ranch, CO on Sunday morning, January 27, 2008, following a short illness.
      "She was born June 25, 1926 in Minneapolis, MN; the daughter of Theodore H. and Gervaise (Snouffer)Belling. She grew up in Evanston, IL and Providence, RI. She was a 1946 graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, MO. On December 28, 1950 she married Robert Anthony Dynes at St. John's Episcopal Church in Barrington, RI, sharing 54 years together before his death on December 19, 2004. Together they raised three children and lived in several states while Bob pursued a successful career in business. Upon retirement in 1980, Jerry and Bob moved to Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, where they lived for 24 years. In 2005 she moved back to Colorado where she could be close to all her children and her beloved cabin in Wyoming. She enjoyed world travel, especially the Orient which she revisited several times. She took up golf late in life and thoroughly enjoyed the lasting friendships the sport offered. She was an avid needle worker and knitter and was constantly making family heirlooms for her children and grandchildren.
      "She is survived by her three children: Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, Highlands Ranch, CO; Robert S. Dynes and Lorraine Arnold, Brighton, CO; and Peter G. Dynes, Snowmass, CO; three grandchildren: Joshua R. Dynes, Lewisville, TX; Robert A. Dynes II, Albuquerque, NM; and Gervaise Michelle Wolak, Highlands Ranch, CO; three siblings: Dr. T.H. Belling, Jr., DVM, Winston, NM; Bruce C. (Jane) Belling, Westport, MA; and Sallie B. (Timothy) O'Connor, Centennial, CO; and many nieces and nephews.
      "There will be no services locally. There will be a private memorial service this summer at the family ranch in Encampment, WY. ***
      "Thank you to everyone for your prayers, love and support.
      "Sincerely, Gervaise Robin"

  • Sources 
    1. [S68] Gervaise|, Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, "Snouffer2.ftw" and subsequent Email reports to Wm. C. Snouffer, (Gervaise Dynes-Wolak, Email: ten8ious@msn.com).

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com).