Bonnie Smith

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CRESTON — Bonnie Sue Snyder Smith, 62, went to be with her Lord and Savior just after noon, on Monday March 10, 2014, while at home surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born March 4, 1952, in Wenatchee, Washington, the daughter of Floyd Richard and Pauline Mildred (Fisher) Snyder. She grew up in Orrville, Ohio, and was a member of the Orrville High School class of 1970. She earned degrees from The College of Wooster (Ohio) (B.A., 1974) and The University of Akron (Ohio) (M.A., 1978; Ph. D., 1986).

In 1986, she married David Greg Smith, a 1973 graduate of Upper Scioto Valley High School, Hardin County, Ohio.

Bonnie had been a public high school teacher and a professor at Bluffton (Ohio) College. A resident of Bluffton from 1981 until 2002, Bonnie became full time traveler with her husband and children in 2002. In 2007, Bonnie and her family settled in Creston, Ohio, where they attended Crossroads Assembly of God Church. In January, 1970, Bonnie had accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior.

Family history research was one of Bonnie's favorite activities. She also enjoyed traveling, knitting, developing web pages, and working jigsaw puzzles. Considering herself a lifelong learner, Bonnie was a home educator for twenty years. She worked for one year as a branch aide at the Wayne County Public Library, Creston Branch.

Bonnie is survived by her husband, daughter Jennifer and son Timothy; mother Pauline; brothers Richard (Elizabeth) Snyder of Altoona, Wisconsin, and Steve Snyder of Columbus, Ohio; sisters Margaret "Margo" Snyder of Orrville, Ohio, and Jan (Eric) Muzart, serving with Assemblys of God World Missions in Ukraine; four nieces and two nephews; three great-nephews and one great-niece. Her father preceded her in death on October 8, 2007.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 14th at Crossroads Assembly of God Church in Creston with a dinner following the service. Friends may call Thursday, March 13th from 5-8 p.m. at Murray Funeral Home in Creston and one hour prior to services at the church. Tributes may be shared at

Additional services will be held in Ada, OH where friends may call Sunday, March 16th from 2-5 p.m. at Hanson-Neely Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held Monday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. at Preston Cemetery in Alger with a dinner following the graveside service at County Line Church of the Brethren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Answers in Genesis, PO Box 510, Hebron, KY 41048 or a Local crisis pregnancy center.

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Murray Funeral Home
173 S. Main Street
Creston, OH 44217
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Published in The Lima News from Mar. 11 to Mar. 12, 2014
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