A Dave Taylor exclusive human interest story.
|Snortzall with her new husband, Ashton|
Tree. She plans to keep her name, but
will live in the tree during the summer
In what may be the worlds first marriage between a human and a tree, Quindella Snortzall, 30, of Big Beaver is a happy bride. Snortzall, a self proclaimed tree whisperer told CHANEL 1 NEWS, she took action after learning the city of Big Beaver had marked the 35 year old Ash tree for removal because of disease. "I went to visit the poor tree and found out he wasn't as sick as people said, all he needed was a root canel. He told me he would bend over backwards for me if I could help him. We talked for better part of four hours and it wasn't long before I fell in love."
Snortzall first contacted city hall about buying the tree, but her request was denied because the tree is in a public park. Next she contacted the local branch of Save The Trees, a conservation organization, but learned they too couldn't help due to weak funding. This left Snortzall stumped, but not for long. "If she had to," she said, "I'll go out on a limb and marry the tree!" Her parents tried talking her out of it, but she was determined to stick to her plan. "Love makes you do strange things sometimes!" she exclaimed "but I was not going to let them take Ashton's life."
On August 15th Snortzall was in court and obtained a court order for a moratorium on the tree removal, which was served to the city the following morning. Next she spent the night with the tree, who's name she says is Ash. They talked of her desire to wed him and at that point she said she could almost feel his bark harden. According to Snortzall, that sealed it. He proposed and the next day she obtained a marriage licence from Amazon.com. The two were married at day break the following morning by the Reverend Roy Wood. Those attending were her parents and friends. "It was so beautiful," cried her mother. "There were birds singing in the tree branches as the sun came up and Quindella looked so lovely standing under the tree with her hand holding his branch. It made me cry knowing this big tree was now part of the family. Our own family tree!"
The city of Big Beaver still intends to cut the tree down and remove it when the court order expires. A court battle is forthcoming. In the mean time the new Mrs. Ash Tree plans to live up in the tree until colder weather. "Who knows," she said, "there might even be some new little twigs if people just leave us alone."
CHANNEL 1 NEWS can not confirm Snortzall's claim of communicating with trees, but plans to follow this story and keep you updated, knock on wood.