Lynne S. (Linalou) Llewellyn, 76, daughter of the now deceased John C. and Elizabeth (Swinamer) Llewellyn, arrived in Belington, in June of 1991, having been a resident of Chester County, Pennsylvania for 18 years, and prior to that, Delaware County, since birth at her grandparents’ home, 433 Sycamore Ave. Folsom, Pennsylvania.
She attended Ridley Township Schools and graduated from Ridley Township Senior High School in 1960. She was the sister to John C. Llewellyn, Jr. (now deceased) Adrienne Berridge (now deceased), Betty Jon Llewellyn, (now deceased), Kathleen Fields and husband Frank of Northeast, Maryland.
Her first job was a cashier at her parent’s diner, the Folsom Diner, MacDade Blvd., Folsom, PA. Other assignments were included during the nine year tenure, which began at age 12, such as bookkeeper, payroll clerk and waitress.
In 1961, Lynne married Bernard J. Bowman. They resided in Delaware County where Lynne served on the Aston Township Democratic Committee as treasurer and interim secretary. She campaigned for Milton Shapp in the gubernational race and was Ways & Means Chairperson for the committee. They had two children from the union; Bernard J. Bowman III of Rochester, Pennsylvania and Bernadette Davis of Wilmington, Delaware. Ms. Davis has two children; Danielle N. Curl, New Castle, Delaware and Gregory P. Davis, Wilmington, Delaware. The couple divorced in 1971.
Lynne was formerly married to Robert J. Snyder, formerly of Junior. Lynne was a stepmother to Mr. Snyder’s three children; Stephen Snyder, New York, his children are; Truth Snyder and Noble Snyder; Michael T. Snyder who married Cheri (Darling), and now resides in Pennsylavania; Robbie A. Snyder and wife Lisa of Downington, Pennsylvania, Robbie and Lisa have four children; Nicholas B. Snyder (now deceased), Loren Girafalco, Tony Girafalco and Robyn K. Snyder, all of Pennsylvania.
Lynne was employed at Wyeth Ayerst Laboratories, Great Valley, Pennsylvania, over a 19 year period. Lynne belonged to the Great Valley Recreation Association at Wyeth Ayerst and served as treasurer for several years. She was a member of the Great Valley Fire Brigade and represented The United Way. She served on the First Aid Squad at Wyeth for several years. During this period, Lynne represented the Philadelphia Eagles, Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Seventy Sixers and the Philadelphia Flyers for group ticket sales. Lynne appreciated the sports provided in Philadelphia area, but was particularly fond of The Eagles Football Club where she held season tickets at Veterans Stadium for 20 years. After 19 years of employment with Wyeth, a health condition forced retirement.
She was a devout Catholic since the age of 14 and a member of the St. Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins. The transition from Pennsylvania to West Virginia was difficult for her. During a conversation with Sr. Teresa Reddington (now deceased), administrator of the Catholic Church in Belington, Lynne was encouraged by Sister Teresa with the words, “bloom where you’re planted.” It was at this time that she became more active in church, joined the Belington Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) in October of 1994 as a charter member (she held the treasurers job for several years) and worked to create beautification in the city of Belington. She volunteered, on occasion, with Heart & Hand Thrift Store. Among the projects she has been involved in are the refurbishing of the street banners, Children’s Parades, Christmas Street Light Decorations and Christmas Luminaries. She also served on the Strategic Planning Committee. Lynne stocked card racks for the Visitors Center, Crim Avenue, Belington. Since 1996, she was involved in The Battle of Laurel Hill Foundation, the Right Cemetery Project and Battle of Laurel Hill Reenactment. She emailed many inquiries on the scheduled events in Belington; parades, reenactment and progress of transactions, like grants and so forth. Several people have been committed to these proceedings, which could be called the “farmers” for Lynne’s blooming. The staff at the Barbour Democrat has generously contributed to the development of her writing attempts. Over the years she had been pleased to be given the privilege of having her work published in the weekly paper. One thing in particular that she wanted to have printed and copyrighted was her signature line: “In the beginning — God made the world round — so we could have a ball!” She was a published poet and received a number of awards for her efforts. She belonged, as an Associate Member, to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 37, Junior. And was a graduate from the Fairmont State College, Senior in 2005, as a Boards of Regents Degree Bachelor of Arts enrollee.
Lynne was employed by the Central West Virginia Aging Services (Title V) as a trainee at Barbour County Family Resource Network since June of 2004. She served as office assistant to Linda Watson and administrative assistant for Together In Recovery.
For the past several years, July 9, 1990 to present, Lynne belonged to and participated in the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Since she is now deceased, it is permissible to reveal her association to this life prolonging recovery program. She served as a director for TIR and treasurer for two groups of AA. Her association with AA brought her in contact with many people and they, in turn, carried “the message.” She was the author of a book of poetry “Bittersweet the years, Bittersweet the tears” which was something she was extremely proud of.
Please join family and friends for viewing at Talbott Funeral Home, 56 N. Brandenburg St. in Belington on Friday May 10, from 4 – 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. conducted by Father Jim O’ Connor. On Saturday at 11 a.m. her Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Philippi, with Father Jim O’ Connor as the presider. Interment will be on Monday at 1 p.m. in the Glenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Broomall, Pennsylvania.
Expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of flowers or donations in her memory to the Lung Cancer Foundation of America, 15 S. Franklin St., New Ulm, MN 56073. Condolences can be sent to the www.talbottfuneralhome.com. The Talbott Funeral Home in Belington is in charge of the arrangements for Lynne S. Llewellyn.