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Former teacher 'will be missed'

September 22, 1999|By ANDREA ROWLAND

CLEAR SPRING - Nora V. Snyder's friends and family remember the Clear Spring resident as an intelligent, kind and fun-loving woman who supported her community in many ways.

Snyder, 94, died Monday at Homewood Nursing Home in Williamsport.

"She was a wonderful person," said Snyder's niece, Lillie Virginia Davenport, of Clear Spring.

Snyder and her husband, Theodore R. Snyder, who died in 1989, had no children of their own, but were like parents to their six nieces, Davenport said.

"We feel like she was our surrogate mother," said niece Mary Fiery, also of Clear Spring.

Snyder never forgot a birthday or anniversary, used her "beautiful voice" to sing at weddings, relished playing Bridge and 500 card games, threw "wonderful parties," and was a whiz in the kitchen, Fiery said.

High school sweethearts, Snyder and her husband were "inseparable," Fiery said. They frequently traveled to Baltimore to watch the Orioles play at the old Memorial Stadium, and never missed an O's game on TV, she said.

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Nora and Ted Snyder shared many interests, including their passion for education and history, Fiery said.

Nora Snyder and her three sisters were all teachers, and Nora began her teaching career in the one-room Indian Springs School, Fiery said.

She worked in county schools for 44 years, and retired in 1969 after serving as the supervising principal at Clear Spring Elementary for 21 years.

Snyder acted as a liaison between the county Board of Education and the community, said her friend, Joan Hall.

"Nora has always done everything she could to support the community," Hall said.

Snyder was involved with many civic groups, including the Clear Spring Ambulance Club and Fireman's Association.

She served as historian, Sunday school teacher, choir member and chairwoman of many committees at St. John's United Church, and was director of the annual Clear Spring Lion's Club minstrel show, Fiery said.

Snyder's passion for history drove her work with the Clear Spring District Historical Association, a group to which she made numerous contributions, said Hall, a longtime historical association member.

Snyder shared her endless knowledge of Clear Spring history, and was "very instrumental" in saving Plumb Grove, a historical Clear Spring home that originally was owned by Snyder's family, the Nesbitts, Hall said.

Even after she suffered a stroke five years ago and moved to Homewood, Snyder retained her love of life, Fiery said.

"She will be missed," Hall said.

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