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Willa Sue Snider passed away peacefully on Monday April 3, 2017 at Riverside Medical Center. Known as Sue by her friends, she was born in 1918 in Houstonia, Missouri and grew up in a prominent farming family. She was an accomplished equestrian and graduated from Christian College and Central Missouri State University. Married in 1941, she accompanied her husband (Glenn) to Laramie, WY, Weatherford, OK, and finally, Norman, OK in 1954. She taught in elementary schools in Missouri and Oklahoma until her retirement in 1980, when Glenn also retired from the University of Oklahoma. They enjoyed traveling and spending winters at their second home in Homosassa Springs, Florida, while residing the rest of the year in Norman, Oklahoma where they could enjoy the company of their many friends and attend the OU football games her husband so loved. Blessed with amazing health and a tireless work ethic, Sue enjoyed maintaining a spotless home, and a showplace yard- and continued to do so until the age of 96. In her later years she also enjoyed traveling with her family, returning frequently to her family farm, and staying connected to her extended family in Missouri. In 2017, she became a resident of the Chesapeake in Newport News to be closer to her son. Her parents, John and Lorene Higgins, brother, Tuck Higgins, and husband, Dr. Glenn R. Snider, predeceased her. Survivors include her son, Lt Col Larry Snider (USAF Ret); daughter-in-law, Mary (Jody) Snider of Hampton; granddaughter, Dr. Erin Snider and husband Karim El Kafrawi of College Station, TX; grandson, Eric Snider and wife Dr. Karla Pivik; great-grandsons, Finn and Rowan of Bend, OR; as well as many cherished nieces and nephews. Although possessing a reserved personality, she was immensely proud of her family, especially her two grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the many nurses and caregivers at the Chesapeake and Riverside Medical Center for their gentle and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her memory to the Dr. Glenn Snider Education Scholarship Fund, Rainbolt College of Education, University of Oklahoma, at the OU Foundation or to the charity of your choice. In accordance with her wishes, Sue's ashes will be laid to rest with those of her husband in Houstonia, Missouri at a later date. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.BerceuseFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by Berceuse Funeral and Cremation Traditions 757-825-8070.
Published on  April 4, 2017
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