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Nora Lewise (Lindsey) Snyder

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Nora Lewise (Lindsey) Snyder Obituary
Nora Lewise (Lindsey) Snyder was born in 1923 in Kingfisher, Okla. She played basketball and graduated from high school in Granite, Okla., then met the love of her life while they attended Connor State College at Warner, Okla.
Their college days were interrupted by World War II when he was shipped off to the U.S. Navy Seabees and she went into defense work. She had been a resident of Cloudcroft for the past five years.
With the pioneer strength of a steel magnolia, Lewise was a "Rosie the Riveter" in Wichita, Kan., during World War II, in the movement of so many women who stepped up to serve their country by making airplanes when most of the men, including her new husband, were called away to serve their country in the military.
More than two years later she was a brave and loyal young bride who traveled across the country with a telegram in her pocket from the War Department saying that her husband had been wounded and taken to a naval hospital in California. It was that telegram that admitted her through the guard gate onto the naval base to see him, only to find out that he had amnesia from a head injury and didn't know her.
She and Dale were married 65 years and raised their family in Mesa, Ariz. She was an accomplished artist, earning many awards and recognitions, and taught art classes. She was considered a rock hound and loved traipsing across the open spaces in search of rocks or artifacts or deer hunting with Dale. These outings even led to staking numerous claims for uranium deposits.
She was also a jeweler, crafter, quilter and Sunday school teacher. She was so proud of her daughters and their families. All who knew her loved her throughout her 88 blessed years.
Her father, Lewis Howard Lindsey, and mother, Kenyon Roberta (King) Lindsey, preceded Lewise in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister Dr. D. Ruth Lindsey and brother Kenyon King "Bubbo" Lindsey, as well as her husband, Dale F. Snyder.
She is survived by her brothers Lt. Col. Fred Lindsey, U.S. Army (retired) (Elsie), of Carmel, Ind., and Gerald P. Lindsey, of Albuquerque; daughters Rebecca S. Smith (Jack), of Cloudcroft, and B. Jan Stiles (David ), of Modesto, Calif.; seven grandchildren, R. Michelle Pixler (W. Ronald), of Osawatomie, Kan., Heather D. Crain (W. Bradley), of Garden Valley, Texas, Stacy Lewise Stiles, of Sacramento, Calif., Samuel L. Stiles (Meliesa), of Ceres, Calif., Ida Lucille Nisbet (Joshua), of El Dorado Hills, Calif., Emily A. Stiles, of Loveland, Colo., and Grant D. Stiles, from San Francisco; 17 great-grandchildren, W.J. Cody Pixler, R.R. Connor Pixler, Joshua C. Crain, Gracie R. Crain, Matthew D. Pulsipher, Dallin S. Pulispher, Jacob D. Pulispher, Julianne Pulispher, Madeline Pulispher, David L. Pulispher, Austin D. Stiles, Ashlee L. Stiles, Alyssa L. Stiles, Allison L. Stiles, Emma M. Nisbet, Ethan J. Nisbet and Camilla G. Nisbet; nieces Cheryl L. Lindsey, of Goshen, Ky., Dr. Roberta Lewise Lindsey, of Carmel, and Donna R. Mack (James), of Las Vegas, Nev.; nephew Austin H. Lindsey, of Albuquerque; grandniece Jade L. Mack, of Las Vegas; grandnephews Justin P. Lindsey, of Albuquerque, Dalton J. Mack and Marlin W. Mack, of Las Vegas; and great-grandniece Brooklynn Lindsey, of Albuquerque.
A graveside service will be held at Garden Grove Cemetery in Prague, Okla.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Pleasant Home Baptist Church, Route 1, Prague, OK 74864, where the Snyder family were charter members more than 100 years ago.
The Snyder family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home.
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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from July 25 to Aug. 24, 2012
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