Obituary of Tura L. Schnebly
Funeral service for Tura Louise Schnebly, who went to her eternal home on May 15, 2018, will be held at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in DeLand, FL at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 26, 2018. Interment will follow at Daytona Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Lankford Funeral Home, DeLand, FL.
Tura was born on January 3, 1946 in Fort Benning, GA, the eldest of six children by Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Peggy Schnebly. She was deeply influenced by her southern roots from her mother including the art of hospitality, preserving family traditions, treasuring the best of the past, and creating beauty in all she touched. Her father, an aerospace engineer, instilled within Tura his spirit as an Oregon pioneer and rancher giving her strength in adversity, fearlessness in the face of challenges and an intellect that could get to the heart of any matter. Small in stature but mighty in spirit she was the consummate beautiful steel magnolia.
Tura exhibited these qualities at an early age. She was one of the first “Polio Pioneer”children used to test the polio vaccine for side effects and effectiveness. She skipped a grade in elementary school and graduated from Mainland High School (1963) at just 17, magna cum laude and second in her class. She went to nursing school in New Orleans gaining medical knowledge which would prove invaluable throughout her life. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami in1968 majoring in English and taught English for a decade both at DeLand and Mainland High Schools.
She paved the way for other women when graduating from the University Of Florida College Of Law with Honors in 1976 where she was chosen as the Editor for the prestigious Law Review. She was one of the first female lawyers in private practice in Volusia county working for Becks, Becks and Wickersham Law Firm from 1977 to 1986. She joined the Volusia County Attorney's office in 1986 where she became the first female Deputy County Attorney. She was responsible for governance and operations; successful in significant litigation and the provision of contractual legal frameworks for many complex projects. A formidable opponent she set high standards in the performance of her work for 27 years, retiring in 2012. She was a member of the Volusia County and Florida Bars and admitted to practice law in state and federal courts including the United States Supreme Court.
Tura moved to Lake Helen FL in 1996 because she loved the small town and all its traditions. She worked hard to preserve its charm by serving on the Lake Helen Planning Commission for 10 years and then elected to the Lake Helen City Commission in 2014. Sharing their lovely Cracker's Lakeside Inn, she and the love of her life, Roger Sonnenfeld, participated many years in the “Lake Helen Christmas Tour of Historic Homes”, hosted large July 4th celebrations and many family holiday gatherings.
Tura's life has been one of faithfulness to her God, loyal and loving relationships with family and friends; honor, integrity and excellence in all endeavors both personal and professional. She was a long time member of the Junior League, HRYC, loved sailing, antiquing, homemaking, playing bridge, her book club and attending Broadway plays. She leaves the world a better place and we will miss her love, courage, wisdom and encouragement.
Surviving Tura are her beloved life partner Roger Sonnenfeld; one son, Jason Parker; five siblings and their spouses Charlene Schnebly Weaver (Doug Weaver), John Schnebly (Connie Becks Schnebly), Mary Schnebly, Margaret Schnebly Hodge (Larry Hodge), Chuck Schnebly; 8 nieces and nephews, 1 great niece and 1 great nephew. She was predeceased by her loyal yellow labrador companion, Cracker.
The family would like to thank Dr. Richard Weiss and the staff of the Ormond Beach HH Oncology Center for the loving and compassionate care they provided Tura during her illness. Those who wish may share condolences online at: lankfordfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Moffitt Cancer Center (CMML Leukemia Research). www.moffitt.org