Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Obituaries

January 24, 2014

Mary Louise (Unzicker) Snyder

Mary Louise

(Unzicker) Snyder

July 28, 1925-Jan. 23, 2013

GOSHEN — Mary Louise (Unzicker) Snyder, 88, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday night, surrounded by her loving family.

Mary was born to Paul and Ruby (Smoker) Unzicker at the family farm on C.R. 36 east of Goshen, July 28, 1925. She graduated from Goshen High School in 1944.

On June 13, 1948, Mary married Wilden L. Snyder at Silver Street Mennonite Church. He preceded her in death Dec. 24, 1996.

Mary is survived by her son, Roger (Debra Johnson) Snyder, Goshen; and a daughter, Laurie (Gordon) Lord, Goshen; and grandchildren, Sarah Snyder (Ryan) Elliott, Goshen, Holly Snyder (Justin) Leatherman, Goshen, Mary Elizabeth Lord, Los Angeles, Calif., and Geoffrey Lord, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary is also survived by four great-grandchildren, Jake Elliott, Tori Elliott, Maddie Leatherman and Logan Leatherman; and two sisters, Margaret Balyeat and Joanne Penland Sheline, both of Goshen.

Mary was a familiar face at Kline’s department store in downtown Goshen for more than 25 years until her retirement in 1991. Mary loved her customers and never knew a stranger. Her favored term of endearment for everyone was “honey.”

After retirement, Mary “enjoyed” going out in the fields to help her husband, Wilden, a registered land surveyor, with whom she made a famously interesting team. In 2006, Mary happily moved to Greencroft Manor IV, where she was always delighted to show her apartment to potential residents.

Mary loved her life at Greencroft. She volunteered on the Greencroft Social Committee, helped organize her hall dinners, served on the movie committee (popcorn duty) and participated in Wii-fit bowling. She also volunteered at the Manor IV gift shop every Wednesday morning selling stamps and gift items.

Mary was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen for 65 years where she formerly served as treasurer of the Presbyterian Women’s group.

During the last nine months of Mary’s life, she was blessed with the loving care of her family, her Greencroft friends, her special friend and helper, Linda Lambright, and the wonderful IU Goshen Health Hospice team.

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