Mary Snyder

Mary Jane Snyder

1942 - 2018

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Obituary of Mary Snyder

Beautiful, dedicated, undaunted and so very kind was our loving mother, Mary Jane Snyder, who passed away on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at the age of 75. Mary’s passing brought mercy and peace to an amazing lady after her courageous 18-month battle with cancer.

Mary was born September 13, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to Clark and Elsie (Tribou) Schoenberg. Together with her two sisters, Donna (Schoenberg) Moultray and Merla Schoenberg, and her brother Dick Schoenberg, the family moved periodically throughout Washington in Mary’s early years before relocating to Oregon (Baker City) where she graduated from Baker High School in the top 10 of her class in 1960. Shortly after graduating, Mary moved to Yakima where she met and married Larry Snyder. The start of Larry’s teaching career took them to Silverdale, Washington, and Mary’s two sons, Scott and Randy, were born in nearby Bremerton. After a move back to Yakima in the late 1960s, with Scott a toddler and Randy a baby, the next three decades would see Mary ascend from her humble beginnings as a travel agent to the owner of Yakima’s leading travel agency, Adventure Travel Service, which she operated for 23 years. In those years, she had an amazing ability to handle everything with grace… for her family, her friends, colleagues and clients, she blended a fearlessness, a benevolence and a caring culture that spread through the valley like blossoms in the spring. Her final two decades were spent with Yakima (Virginia Mason) Memorial Hospital and Ohana Mammography Center, where she worked tirelessly to coordinate the needs of patients in the health care industry. Sadly, Mary was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in September 2016 but she continued her daily love of life, her ever-present selflessness and unflappable spirit all during her treatment cycle, finally retiring from work nearly a year later to slow down and spend more time enjoying her sunrises and sunsets.

An easy and everlasting grace was Mary’s hallmark. Like a brilliant sun rising above golden fields of wheat, she had an elegance and beauty that warmed and nurtured the hearts of many… always genuine, always radiant, always true. Mary was not afraid of hard work… she spent hours driving trucks and helping the family in those same fields of wheat, honing a work ethic that was as iconic as her heart-melting smile. She was blessed with an endless compassion that was perfectly complemented by a hardiness and resilience that brought comfort, hope and admiration to all that knew her. She was that loving mother that would proudly show off her boys in homemade plaid outfits… she was a passionate memory-maker… she would work all week and still have time to plan the perfect holidays, family gatherings and vacations… she loved to surprise friends and family with their favorite cakes and treats and never missed a birthday… she was an avid gardener, leaving behind a visible legacy in gardens all across the valley… she was a compulsive baker who seemed to pop out fresh cookies on the hour and deliver them as easily as a hug or a handshake… she could make carpenters and handymen toss down hammers with her skills in the tool shed and her willingness to do it herself… it was not uncommon for her to outfit her car most every day with a cherished quilt, a chain saw, work gloves, a rake, a pile of shovels, a heap of crosswords and two tubs of cookies… that was the collage of her passions and she needed no apprentice. Mary lived her life in a way that left no regrets, no road untraveled, no vacant memories and nothing but warm hearts for all that knew her. She was a treasure in this world and will be dearly remembered.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Clarke and Elsie, and her brother, Dick. She is survived by her two sons, Scott (wife Ally) and Randy (wife Nikki), three living grandchildren (Caden, Camryn and William), and one (Jackson) on the way, as well as her two sisters, Donna and Merla. In lieu of flowers, it was Mary’s wish that memories be shared at and that any gifts or donations be made to your favorite charities in her name.

A memorial for Mary will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, April 14th at the Yakima Covenant Church (6015 Summitview).