E. Jane Engeler Snyder Siler, 80
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Elisabeth Jane Engeler Snyder Siler (Buff), 80, died November 14, 2013 in Bryant, Arkansas at Hospice. She was born May 1, 1933 to Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Frederick Engeler of New Augusta, Indiana, later of Mountain Home, Arkansas. The second of six children, she grew up on a dairy farm near Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Pike Township High School where she participated in many activities including softball and acting in the junior and senior plays, and was a member of 4-H, Girl Scouts and Campfire Girls.
Following high school, she attended Indiana University and St. Mary's of the Woods and graduated from Butler University with her teaching degree, She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority. At Butler she met and married John M. Snyder. Her first teaching experience was with fifth grade at Delaware Trails Elementary School.
In 1959 the Snyder's moved to Mountain Home, Arkansas and she began a career teaching fourth grade at Nelson Wilkes and at Guy Berry. She also taught Psychology at Arkansas State University in Mountain in its beginning years in the area. Active in her community, she was a charter member of Club Cosmopolitan serving in various capacities, including president. She taught for many years even after becoming a widow. After several years, she married Bill Siler and retired from Teaching in 1994. In retirement she and Bill RV'd in winters to either Florida or TExas, visiting friends and touring the sights and beaches.
A sports fan extraordinaire, Buff was a long-time fan of Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and more recently had added Johnny Football to this favored group. She enjoyed Razorback sports and autumn Saturdays were spent watching the marathon of televised football games. Friday nights she followed her son-in-laws football games throughout his coaching career, attending in all weather all over the state, yelling with the best of fans.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon (Squire) and Elizabeth (Sis) Engeler; her husband, John (died May 31, 1979); her husband, Bill (died February 21, 2013); her older brother, Gordon Frederick Engeler, Jr.; a younger sister, Sue; and a grand-nephew, Jacob.
Survivors include a son, John M. Snyder (Catherine), of Little Rock, Arkansas; a daughter, Margee Taylor (John) of Benton, Arkansas; a sister, Ann Engeler of Springdale, Arkansas; and two brothers, Rock Jenkins Engeler (Nell) of Mountain Home, Arkansas; and Bill Engeler (Linda) of Palestine, Texas; 3 Grandchildren, Tasha Snyder of Little Rock, John M. Snyder, III of Little Rock and Gus Snyder of Little Rock. She was the favorite aunt of her many nieces and nephews and their families; and her two special companions; a Shitzu, Abbee, and a cat, Sam.
Visitation will be at Kirby and Family Funeral Home on Sunday, November 17, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
A memorial service with Reverend Jim McDonald, officiating will be held at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on November 18, 2013 at 1;30 PM followed by burial at Mountain Home Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. William Snow, David Larson, Calvin Czeschin, Jay Baker, Mike Cannon and Tracy Fancher.
Flowers may be sent to Kirby and Family Funeral Home or a donation may be made to
Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral Home. Visit the online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com
Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services
600 Hospital Dr Mountain Home, AR 72653
Published in Baxter Bulletin from Nov. 18 to Nov. 20, 2013