Mary Ann Snapp
Mary Ann Snapp, 85, of Nampa, passed away peacefully on July 29, 2014, at the home of her daughter and son-in-law Gloria and Chris Klein, after a prolonged battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born February 16, 1929 in Rockford, Illinois, the oldest child of Caz Bianca and Marileslie Crain Morgan. Mary Ann, brother David and sister Joan were all born in Rockford during the Great Depression (1929-1939). The children had to spend some time in the Rockford Children's Home, as did a number of children during those years. The family relocated to Los Angeles, CA in the late 30's or early 40's with hopes of more opportunity for employment. At the height of the Great Depression 13-15 million Americans were out of work. Caz was able to find work framing houses and working at a bowling alley. Marileslie found work at the Daily News. Mary Ann would take on the responsibility of caring for her brother and sister. She was 12 years old at the time.
If the Great Depression was not enough WWII had started, Caz was drafted into the Army even though he was in his 30's and had three children at home. Caz and Marileslie divorced. As the children grew they all had various jobs to help support the family. Mom (Mary) would often talk about the rationing of food items, gasoline and etc. There were also fun times however, and people helped care for one another. There was an abundance of support for the US troops: movies, news clips at the theaters, USO Clubs, dances and home town efforts to collect tin and copper.
Mom attended Washington High School in Los Angeles and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Our father was in the US Navy, he and mom met at a Roy Rogers Rodeo in LA in 1945. They planned to marry after mom graduated in 1947, however Mary's home situation had deteriorated and they were married January 15, 1947. Mom did not complete high school at that time. Dad and Mom used to enjoy telling the story that some thought there had been "a circling stork" that caused the early marriage, however the first child was not born until December, 11 months later! (Smile)
Mom and Dad lived in Santa Maria, CA (Dad had completed his Navy obligation), he worked at a dairy there for a number of months, until he was needed on the family farm in Midvale, Idaho. What a change for mom, they lived in a little old house for two years which did have a hand pump for water and a kitchen sink, but no bathroom! Two children were born during this time, then our dad, grandfather and uncles built a brand new home at the end of Snapp Lane. Mom was an excellent cook, canned hundreds of jars of fruit and vegetables every year, had beautiful flower gardens (which we were allowed to 'help' weed), and was a great seamstress. Being a farm cook she had dinner on the table promptly at noon, even on Sundays, but she made sure we always attended Sunday School at the little Baptist Church.
Mom and dad lived in Midvale for 20 years until our grandparents died. Dad had the opportunity to work for the Boise School District and their oldest daughter had graduated high school and was in nurses training in Boise already. So they packed up and moved in 1967.
Mom worked as a physical therapy aide and then needing to be home with the younger children started doing day care, which she continued for some 20 years. During this time she earned her GED and her Associates Degree in Childhood Development from Boise State. Mom and dad were so proud that all seven of their children were able to obtain college degrees. Mom later worked as a patient sitter at St. Alphonsus. She always had to be busy and she loved helping others. This was also her socialization.
Mom's greatest love was her children and she is survived by six of the seven: Gloria (Chris) Klein, Barbara (Roger) Button, Virginia (Doug) Clark, Anita Morton, Randall Snapp and Brian (Julie) Snapp. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; her sister Joan Park and one half-sister Barbara Holdren. She was preceded in death by her parents; our dad, Marvin Hugh Snapp Sr.; our brother Marvin Hugh Snapp Jr and her brother David Morgan.
The family wishes to express our sincere thanks and love to Karissa, Gayla, Amy and Karen of Treasure Valley Hospice who gave such loving care and support to mom and to us. Thank you to Craig and JoAnn, also of TVH. We are also thankful for three very special young ladies who were private sitters for mom. We love you: Martha, Grace and Allie!
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 1 at Zeyer Funeral Chapel, 83 N Midland Blvd, Nampa (467-7300). In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Treasure Valley Hospice, 8 Sixth St. North, Ste 200, Nampa, ID 83687 or to your favorite church's children's department in memory of Mary. Condolences may be expressed at zeyerfuneralchapel.com
Zeyer Funeral Chapel
83 North Midland Boulevard Nampa, ID 83651
Published in Idaho Statesman on July 31, 2014