GREENFIELD - Neta Lucille (Newton) Snow, age 90, passed away peacefully at Charlene Manor Extended Care Facility in Greenfield on Oct. 8, 2013.
Neta was born on March 25, 1923, in Bernardston, Mass., the daughter of Henry E. Newton and Ruth L. (Parmenter) Newton. She graduated from Powers Institute, Bernardston, in 1941 and was employed by the Greenfield Tap & Die during World War II. She was also past treasurer and past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in Bernardston.
On Oct. 25, 1942, she was married to Arah E. ("Duke") Snow, and they spent their entire married life in Greenfield. She was a homemaker and also, with her husband, owned and operated the Western Auto Associate Store on Federal Street in Greenfield for 25 years, retiring in 1987.
She took great pride in their home on Lampblack Road, where they lived until 1995, before moving to a smaller home on Adams Road. Neta loved working in her flower gardens, and she enjoyed playing cards, embroidery, jigsaw and crossword puzzles, and reading. She also loved to travel, having visited Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Nevada, California and Georgia.
She was a big fan of the Boston Red Sox.
She was devoted to her family and she was an excellent cook and baker. Many of her extended family will remember her for her homemade root beer, raised donuts, cinnamon rolls and "whoopie" pies, that she frequently made in the 1950s and 60s. Family gatherings were always much anticipated and filled with warmth and laughter, and she enjoyed planning and cooking for them.
Neta had a warm heart and a gentle, loving spirit. She had a quick wit and loved to make people laugh; she had a beautiful smile. Autumn was her favorite season and in her later years, she looked forward to going for rides with her daughter to view the foliage and shop at local farm stands.
She is survived by a daughter, Beverly Streeter of Greenfield; a son, Harland of Winston Salem, NC; a granddaughter, Angela (Snow Peck) Hill and her husband, Brandon of Concord, NC; a grandson, Brandon and his fiancée, Andrea of Turners Falls, MA; and great-grandchildren, Alyson Peck and Ethan Hill of Concord, NC. She is also survived by a sister, Rachel Messer and her husband, Robert, of Bernardston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a son, David, in 2002 and by her husband in 2009. Five sisters (Madeline Streeter, Janet Parsons, Barbara Streeter, Julia Whitney, and Virginia Deane) and a brother (Henry) also predeceased her.
The family extends sincere gratitude to the staff at Charlene Manor, and to Hospice of Franklin County. They provided excellent, compassionate care and many friendships were made.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday (10-15-13) at 11 a.m. in Center Cemetery, Bernardston, with the Rev. David Neil of the United Church of Bernardston officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice of Franklin County, 329 Conway St., Suite 2, Greenfield, MA 01301, or to the Dakin Pioneer Valley Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 6307, Springfield, MA 01101. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, 14 High St., Greenfield.