Helen Louise Hudson Snyder, 95, of Wilmington, Ohio died 12:45 PM, Friday, September 7, 2012 at Autumn Years Nursing Center, Sabina, Ohio. Her husband, Robert Vandervort Snyder, preceded her in death February 21, 1991. They were married July 19, 1940 at the bride’s home. Helen and Robert lived and raised their two children on the family farm at their Wilson Corner home.
Mrs. Snyder was born December 5, 1916 in Sabina, Ohio, daughter of the late Howard and Opal Dowden Hudson. At the age of 2 years, her mother died. Howard remarried the late Georgianna Barrett Hiatt, whom Helen loved very much. She was a graduate of Wilmington High School and Wilmington College.
Mrs. Snyder taught English and Home Economics at Blanchester and Wilmington high schools. She was also a substitute teacher for many years. She was a member of Delta Omega Theta sorority at Wilmington College, the Wilmington Friends Meeting, the Order of the Eastern Star and Yani Club. She was also a member of The Third Wednesday Night Bridge Club, which was known as a national holiday by its members. Mrs. Snyder will be remembered by the little stories she could tell, her positive attitude, and her generous spirit. She loved cooking, sewing, and knitting; she was good at all three. She was beautiful inside and out, and beyond all else she loved life, her family, and her friends. She will be greatly missed by all.
Mrs. Snyder is survived by a daughter, Mary Alice (Allen) Bryan; a daughter-in-law, Marsha Robinson Snyder; her five grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Robin (Chuck) Attebery, Michael (Gretchen) Bryan, Mark (Margaret) Bryan, Damian (Kim) Snyder, and Brady (Donna) Snyder; and 15 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and stepmother, a son, Thomas H. Snyder, a sister, Carrie Ellen Collett, and a stepsister, Dr. Phoebe Hudson, are preceded in death.
Funeral services will be 1:00 PM, Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home, 327 N. South Street, Wilmington, Ohio. Burial will be in Sugar Grove Cemetery. Friends may call from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Monday, September 10, 2012 at the Reynolds-Smith Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Wilmington Friends Meeting, 66 N. Mulberry Street, Wilmington, Ohio 45177 or to Community Care Hospice, P.O. Box 123, Wilmington, Ohio 45177, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.