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Sarah Ruth Drummond

Sarah Ruth Drummond

Female 1959 - 2011  (51 years)

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  • Name Sarah Ruth Drummond  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 12 Sep 1959  [3, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 14 Feb 2011  Bay St. Louis, Hancock Cnty, MS Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Buried Meigs Memory Gardens, Pomeroy, Meigs Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Person ID I2620  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 10 Apr 2017 

    Family Gary Edwin Snouffer,   b. 8 Aug 1956, Glendale, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 18 Jan 1982  Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Divorced 20 Feb 1992 
    Children 
    +1. Christopher David Snouffer,   b. 12 Sep 1982, Gallipolis, Gallia Cnty, OH Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)
    +2. Kindra Lashay Snouffer,   b. 5 Dec 1985, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years)
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2009 12:43:00 
    Family ID F935  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Sarah and her husband Gary Snouffer became embroiled in a bitter and bizarre episode that involved civil litigation, divorce proceedings, and criminal charges in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gary was hospitalized in late 1989 with a mysterious set of symptoms that took a number of months to diagnose as arsenic poisoning. It was reported that Sarah and Gary's best friend Danny Zirkle were having an affair and that the poisoning was related to that. See River Cities [OH] Times (24 Dec. 1993).

      On 6 July 1990, Gary filed a divorce case against Sarah; she counter-sued; both sought custody of their 2 children. A divorce decree was granted 20 Feb 1992, adopting a joint custody parenting plan. An appeals court reversed the judgment because the trial judge failed to give Sarah a hearing on her objections to the plan. Snouffer v. Snouffer, vol. 87, Ohio Appellate Reports, 3d, p. 89; vol. 621, NorthEastern Reporter, 2d, p. 879 (1993).

      A civil suit was filed 7 Nov 1990 by Gary against Sarah and Zirkle alleging that they "had conspired and carried out a plan to poison him thereby committing the torts of civil battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and trespass." Gary sought, "among other things, damages in 'an unspecified monetary amount that exceeds the maximum [he was] allowed to state in his pleadings.'" Snouffer v. Snouffer, Ohio App. Lexis 3474 (1993). The trial court dismissed the case prior to jury verdict; that ruling was affirmed. (Ibid) A subsequent civil suit was filed. See River Cities [OH] Times (24 Dec 1993). It too was later dismissed. (Letter of 20 June 2002, from Charles H. Knight, Sarah's criminal defense attorney, to Wm. C. Snouffer.)

      On 26 Oct. 1994, Sarah and Zirkle were indicted for attempted murder. After several hearings, the trial court dismissed the indictment; on appeal, the dismissal was reversed and remanded for trial. State v. Zirkle and Snouffer, Ohio App. Lexis 4173 (1997). See also, The Daily Sentinel [Pomeroy, OH] (18 Nov. 1994). Before trial the charges were dismissed on the special prosecutor's motion because of missing evidence. (Letter of 20 June 2002, from Charles H. Knight, Sarah's criminal defense attorney to Wm. C. Snouffer.)

      Gary and Sarah have subsequently reconciled and as of 2002 are reported living together in Biloxi, Mississippi. In Nov. 2005, they were reported living in Bay St. Louis, Mo. See her father-in-law's Obituary, Zanesville [OH] Times Recorder (30 Nov 2005).

      In 2011 Barbara Snouffer Woods reported: "Gary Edwin Snouffer, son of William Edwin Snouffer - his wife, Sarah R. Drummond Snouffer passed away today in Bay St Louis, Mississippi. This is the wife who was brought up on charges of arsenic poisoning [of] Gary. My aunt Jane, wife of William Edwin called me today." Email from Barbara Erbele Woods, erbelewoods@frontier.com, to Wm. C. Snouffer (14 Feb 2011).
    • Obituary, The [Pomeroy, OH] Daily Sentinel, p. A2 (25 Feb 2011):
      "Sarah Ruth Snouffer, 51, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2011 in Bay St. Louis.
      "Mrs. Snouffer was a 1978 graduate of Kyger Creek [Cheshire, Gallia Cnty, OH] High School and was of the Baptist Faith. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all.
      "She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Drummond, brother, James Drummond and sister, Charlotte Drummond.
      "She is survived by: her husband of 29 years, Gary Snouffer of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; son, Christopher (Charla) Snouffer of Middleport; daughter, Kindra Snouffer of Waveland, Miss.; stepson, Gary (Michelle) Snouffer II of Mason, W.Va.; brother, David Drummond of Cheshire; sister, Katrina (Mike) Northup of Gallipolis; grandchildren, Charlie Rose, Brooklynn, Garrett and Rylee Snouffer.
      "Visitation will be ... Feb. 26, 2011 ... in Gallipolis [Gallia Cnty, OH]...." (Accessed via www.GenealogyBank.com.)

      A closely similar obituary appeared in the Sun Herald [Biloxi, MS] (17 Feb 2011). See also: http://www.mydailytribune.com/view/full_story/11550795/article-Sarah-Ruth-Snouffer-
    • A slightly different obituary appeared in the Point Pleasant [WV] Register (25 Feb 2011):
      "Sarah Ruth Snouffer, 51, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., passed away Monday, Feb. 14, 2011, in Bay St. Louis.
      "Mrs. Snouffer was a 1978 graduate of Kyger Creek High School and was of the Baptist Faith. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be missed by all.
      "She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Mary Drummond; brother, James Drummond; and sister, Charlotte Drummond.
      "She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Gary Snouffer of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; son, Christopher (Charla) Snouffer of Middleport, Ohio; daughter, Kindra Snouffer of Waveland, Miss.; stepson, Gary (Michelle) Snouffer II of Mason; brother, David Drummond of Cheshire, Ohio; sister, Katrina (Mike) Northup of Gallipolis, Ohio; and grandchildren, Charlie Rose, Brooklynn, Garrett and Rylee Snouffer.
      "Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m. ... in Gallipolis, Ohio...."

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Personal |, Person Named, Spouse, or close Relative or Friend, (Barbara Snouffer Erbele).

    2. [S40] Obituary|, Anonymous, "Obituary", (Sarah R Drummond: 25 Feb 2011).

    3. [S705] Ancestry Tree - Jason Snouffer|, Jason Snouffer, "Our Histree", (Ancestry.com, Public Member Tree, Online database, http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/17434195/listofallpeople ).

    4. [S103] FindaGrave|, FindaGrave.com, (www.FindAGrave.com), 175956843.

    5. [S90] Barbara Erbele Woods|, Barbara L. Snouffer Erbele Woods, "Family Pedigree Chart" : July 1982 ; & Email correspondence, (Barbara S. Erbele Woods; Email: erbelewoods@frontier.com).

    6. [S226] Ohio Appeals Ct |, Judge Earl E. Stephenson, "Snouffer v. Snouffer," vol. 87, Ohio Appellate Reports, 3d, p. 89; vol. 621, NorthEastern Reports, 2d, p. 879 (1993), (Ohio Court of Appeals, Fourth District, Meigs Cnty, Portsmouth, OH, 45662).