Elaine Smith Snyder

Birth Date: 
Friday, November 25, 1949
Date of Passing: 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

WOOSTER - Elaine Smith Snyder was born November 25, 1949 in Morristown, NJ to The Reverend Dr. and Mrs. William A. Smith.  She moved to Brookville, PA and was raised in Meadville, PA.  She graduated in 1967 from Meadville Area Senior High School and from Ashland College in 1971 with a degree in Comprehensive Business Education.  She was married to D. Lynn Snyder from 1971-2002 and had two children, Douglas Hanford Snyder and Karen Jean Snyder.  Her children were the loves of her life, bringing joy and daily gratitude. 

Elaine worked at The Ohio State University in the Dean of Students’ Office before accepting a teaching job at Whetstone High School in Columbus.  After moving to Wooster in 1973 she worked at The Agricultural Technical Institute, Dr. Brian R. Lacey’s dental practice, substitute teacher for Wooster City and Wayne County Schools, and retired from The College of Wooster in 2013 after working 22 years in the Libraries Special Collections Department.

An active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church since 1974, Elaine was an ordained elder and deacon.  She taught Sunday School, served on various committees, chaired the BorderLinks committee and sang in the choir.  Elaine was on the board of One-Eighty RISERS serving as membership and volunteer coordinator.  She also served as volunteer coordinator for the annual Break the Cycle bike benefit to bring awareness to the stigma of addictions.  In 2015 she became a Hospice Volunteer bringing comfort to those at end of life.  Elaine was recognized by Rotary International with the Paul Harris Fellow in 2016.  As a non-Rotarian she received this for service to the community.  She enjoyed her women’s luncheons and euchre groups.  She looked forward to annual hiking trips to Ghost Ranch at Abiquiu, NM as well as her annual family reunions at Smith Mountain Lake.

Elaine is survived by her children Douglas Hanford (Jacqueline) Snyder of Canton, OH; and Karen Jean Snyder of Cleveland, OH, and grandchildren, Eleanor and Owen Snyder.  Her siblings are Marilyn (Graham) Johnstone, Beverly (Keith Dix) Lacey, Ralph (Faye) Smith, and Katherine (John) Mayers.  Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.  Elaine’s parents preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Mackey Hall at Westminister Presbyterian Church, 353 E. Pine Ave., Wooster with the Rev. Dries Coetzee officiating.  The family will receive friends following the service.

McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.

Memorials may be given to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 353 E. Pine Street, Wooster, OH 44691 or One-Eighty, 104 Spink Street, Wooster, OH 44691. 

Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com

Memorial Contributions: 

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 353 E. Pine St., Wooster, OH 44691 or One-Eighty, 104 Spink St., Wooster, OH 44691

Visitation: 

Family will receive friends following the service

Service: 

Memorial service Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Mackey Hall at the Westminster Presbyterian Church, 353 E. Pine St., Wooster

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Having been in the graduating class of 1967 with Elaine I am saddened by her loss. We reconnected thru FB during the last several years and was so looking forward to seeing her at our class reunion this summer. My deepest sympathy and condolences to her family. RIP sweet Elaine.

I will miss seeing her when the vehicle is brought in for service at Toyota. I am deeply sorry for your loss. She will be missed by so many.

So sorry for your loss. I am so grateful to have met Elaine. I will always remember her kindness and words of wisdom. RIP my friend.

I loved Elaine, as everyone did, because she was both strong and very kind. I'm so glad I had the privilege to get to be with her some.
We were in Mary Nicholls' yoga class together, then in Lyn Shoots' yoga class, after Mary retired. We were neighbors, and Elaine would pick me up for yoga, and we'd discuss life to and from the class.
She always inspired me with her wonderful optimism and peacefulness. She dealt with her cancer with great bravery, never complaining.
My deepest sympathy to Elaine's family, as you had a true angel in your midst all this time. And I think she will stay with you forever.
What an amazing woman she was.
Much love, Susi Shie

So sorry to hear of Elaine's passing. I knew her from yoga class and enjoyed her positive attitude and smile. We had a moment of silence for her in today's class. We will miss her. May she rest in peace.

Such a special person. So many people miss her already. We send our loving care to her family.

Elaine was a classy lady in all the best ways. Our deepest sympathy to her family.

Our deepest sympathies to all the family, and special condolences to our close friend Kathy Mayers, Elaine's sister.

Dear Douglas and Karen,

We were saddened to hear the news of Elaine’s passing and we condole with you with the loss of her life.

Elaine’s grace in the face of tribulation was an inspiration. She was always positive and hopeful in spite of setbacks. Her bravery and courage is an example to all of us to emulate.

We miss her.

Nahida and Donald Gordon

Marilyn, you have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your sister. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

Dear Karen,

My heart breaks for you and your family. I wish you all the love and strength of family as you go through this loss together.

Love,
Rebekah

Was saddened to learn of Elaine's passing. I worked at ATI with Elaine in the early 70's. She was always a lot of fun and was always cheerful and kind. In later years, when I ran into her again and learned of her health problems, I was amazed of her courage and upbeat manner. She will be missed by many and I am so glad to have met her.

Dear Karen,
The love and prayers of all your friends are with you and your family. Your mom sounds like such an amazing and admirable person who touched so many lives for the better. The great mutual love, dedication, respect, and pride between you and your mother has always been evident in the way you've spoken about her. You are in my heart.
Love,
Angie

Dear Ralph & Family: I glanced at the Meadville Tribune and was shocked and saddened to read of Elaine's passing. She was so much fun while growing up on Byllesby Avenue and I'm not at all surprised of all the things she accomplished while living in Ohio. To her children, grandchildren and the entire family, my deepest sympathy and prayers at this very sad time. Love, Bill

Dear Karen,

Sending love and deepest sympathy to you and your family. You have the support of your circle of friends. Your Mom sounds like a special and well loved person. I wish you peach and comfort.
Love,
Clink

Doug & Karen,

Your mom was so strong and true to her roots. She understood completely that her purpose here on earth was to do God's will and help others. Her love for you two was undeniable and brought such joy to her life. Elaine embodied the scripture "Well done, good and faithful servant." Not only will we miss her, but the community in which she served will surely miss her also.

Love, Dad

Elaine was a great customer and friend. Always so nice. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Greg Dyer

Elaine was a kind and generous co-worker of mine, many years ago. She was exceptional in the care of my father in law during his time in hospice in my home. Elaine had many talents and was very special too many. She will be greatly missed. My thoughts and prayers go to her family during this most difficult time.

We were saddened to learn of Elaine's passing when we returned from Arizona. She was a very special person who gave so much of herself and we are grateful to have had the opportunity to know her. We will miss her very much and treasure the memories we have of time and stories shared. Our sincere condolences to all of her family.
Stefani and Ira

Dear Doug and Karen,

I was deeply saddened to learn about your mother’s passing in the most recent copy of The College of Wooster alumni magazine. I worked with Elaine in the Special Collections during my entire time on campus, and she was a wonderful supervisor and mentor. She was extremely kind and giving and always had a positive attitude and outlook on things. She often spoke about your achievements and what each of you was doing, and I felt like I got to know each of you, and her profound love for you, as a result. She will always hold a very special place in my heart.

Dear Doug and Karen,

I was deeply saddened to learn about your mother’s passing in the most recent copy of The College of Wooster alumni magazine. I worked with Elaine in the Special Collections during my entire time on campus, and she was a wonderful supervisor and mentor. She was extremely kind and giving and always had a positive attitude and outlook on things. She often spoke about your achievements and what each of you was doing, and I felt like I got to know each of you, and her profound love for you, as a result. She will always hold a very special place in my heart.

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