HOLT Mary Earline Ryan Snyder, age 77, died July 28, 2012, at Hospice of West Alabama. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Rick Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in Tuscaloosa Memorial Park with Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
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She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 59 years, John Robert Snyder; one daughter, Linda Clark (Tony); two sons, John Robert "Bobby" Snyder Jr. (Sonya) and Barry Snyder (Christina); seven grandchildren, Casey Hunter (Craig), Bradley Clark (Bethy), Johnathan Snyder, Allison Clark, Anna Clark, Sarah Snyder, and Jared Snyder; one great-grandchild, Hallie Hunter; two sisters, Hazel Ryan and Peggy Jones (John); and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Bradley Clark, Johnathan Snyder, Jared Snyder, Craig Hunter, Jim Flora, and Billy Snyder.
Honorary pallbearers are Drs. Bob Grubbs, William Hill, and D. Berry; employees of 4th Floor CSICU at DCH; Hospice of West Alabama; friends and family of Holt Baptist Church; friends and neighbors of the Holt community; Gene Largin; Billy Powell; Jimmy Powell; Nancy Sellers; and the special ladies of her Sunday School class at Holt Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Holt Baptist Church or Hospice of West Alabama.
Mary Earl was born August 17, 1934, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama to John Roy and Mary Shewmake Ryan. She was a lifelong resident of Holt and a member of Holt Baptist Church. She was a 1952 graduate of Holt High School and an X-ray technician for Jordan-Guin Clinic. Her true career was that of a loving, Christian wife, mother, and grandmother, of which she was a perfect example.
She had a kind, gentle spirit, speaking only words of kindness about everyone. Bringing joy to others through her generosity and helpful attitude was a priority in her life. She knew what was precious and important and always put the needs of others before her own. This never changed, even when sickness entered her life. She was gracious, spoke positively, and never complained.
Her faithful, loving husband cared for her every need, "in sickness and in health". His unwavering dedication helped to strengthen and sustain her for many years. He stated, "I love her just like I did the day I married her."
Mary Earl was one of a kind. She made a difference in the lives of many, and those who had the privilege of knowing her were truly blessed. She was very beautiful and had a heart of sweetness. She had a way of making you feel special, safe, and happy. These happy thoughts of her will be in our hearts until we share them again with her in heaven.
Published in Tuscaloosa News on July 31, 2012