Judith Agnes Snell (1940 - 2018)

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On Thursday, June 21, we said our final goodbye to our wonderful loving mother Judith Agnes Snell. Judy was a kind, loving soul that touched many lives during her lifetime.

Judy was born April 7, 1940 in Shakopee, MN, to Albert and Phyllis Hergott. She spent much of her childhood in Northern MN, moving to Prior Lake, MN when she was in high school, where she met Art Snell (Artie), the love of her life. They were married May 21, 1960. They resided in Prior Lake, MN, where they ran a small resort with a 3.2 beer shack, where the first three children were born.

One day in 1968, Judy changed the course of history for her family when, as a young mother of three her husband proposed two choices: turn right and they would buy a resort in Minnesota, or turn left and they would take their young family north to Alaska. Judy chose left, much to Art's delight. As a result of being "First on the Last Frontier," many family members followed. They raised four children in Alaska, living first in Anchorage, then Palmer, and finally in Soldotna.

Judy took part in many Alaskan activities, taking her family camping, fishing, clamming and fishing with her husband on their boats: First the North Sloop, then the Snickers and Schnapps, and finally the boat of their dreams, The Hey Jude. Judy was skilled at canning fish and making cranberry jellies and was always ready to lend a hand to teach anyone who was interested.

Judy was well known for her hospitality hosting up to 30 friends and family at holidays. She was also artistic and was a skilled painter, soap stone carver, and once took first place at the Ninilchik Fair for an afghan she created. Judy worked as a skilled Alaskan homemaker until her youngest was a senior in high school when she took classes at KPC and went on to work for an attorney and then for the state of Alaska. After retiring, Judy and her husband Art travelled extensively throughout the Lower 48, making many friends on their adventures. Judy was an active member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church serving as a Eucharistic minister and as a marriage encounter counselor along with her husband, preparing young couples for marriage.Judy took great comfort in her faith and was truly an angel on earth. Judy also served as a comfort care volunteer at Central Peninsula Hospital.

Judy is preceded in death by her husband Arthur, her son Brett, and her brother Albert "Buzz" Hergott Jr.

She is survived by her children Cindy (Jake) Nagle, Kenneth Snell and Maribeth Snell, siblings Janice "Birdie" (Charles) Marquardt, John "Fizzer" (Deanna) Hergott and Diane "Dolly" (Roy) Callaway. Judy was blessed with grandchildren Jacob (Emily) Nagle, Kristen (Ian) Dolphin, and her two great joys, great-grandchildren Peyton Lowe and Bellamy Dolphin. A memorial service will be held at the noon mass on June 29, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna, AK. Luncheon will follow at the church.
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Published in The Peninsula Clarion on June 27, 2018