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  • Visitation:  6-8 p.m.  Friday
  • Funeral:  1 p.m.  Saturday

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Mrs. BettyLou Snyder, age 75, of Grattan, passed away Tuesday evening, May 13, 2008 under the loving care of her family and Hospice of Michigan at her daughters home in Grattan.

The daughter of James Harvey and Mary Elizabeth (Packard) Briggs, she was born on March 18, 1933 in McBrides. After graduating from Greenville High School in 1951, she married Gene R. Synder on July 14, 1951 in Greenville.

A devoted wife and mother, BettyLou always placed her family before herself. She was a long time member of the First Church of God in Greenville, where she taught Sunday School, in addition to being active in Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts with her children. An avid reader and gardener, she was also a skilled seamstress — having sewn the wedding dresses for all four of her daughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 55 years, Gene Snyder on March 30, 2006; and a son, Timothy James Snyder on Dec. 30, 2006.

Surviving are her children, Melody & Jerry Powell of Grattan, Brook & V. Carl Hansen of Greenville, Robin Morrison of Grattan, Heidi & Randy Pettiet of Texas, Thomas & Judi Snyder, Theodore & Mary Snyder, all of Greenville, and Brenda Snyder of North Dakota; her grandchildren, Aaron, Aavram, Aabett, Samantha, Debbie, Kim, Patty, Andrea, Amy, Jeanne, V. Carl III, Edward, Hannah, Joshua, Shane, Stephanie, Jared, Jason, Daniel, Lee, Betsy, Steve, Kayleen, Koralynn, Teddy, Isaac, Miranda, and Xylahbrook; many, many great grandchildren; siblings-in-law, Allene Wheelock, Leona Neitzel, J.C. & Dorothy Snyder, all of Greenville; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. May 17, 2008 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville. The Rev. David Perry, pastor of the Greenville First Church of God, will officiate.

Visitation is on Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions to Hospice of Michigan or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation will be available.

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  1. Anonymous on May 13, 2008 at 12:00 am


    05/23/2008 –

    Brenda Snyder

    Betty meant so much to me. I loved her as my own Mom. She was patient, kind and always interested in everything about everyone. I have grown to be a better person because of her. When my heart ached she knew just what to say to make me feel better. Our long conversations will be always in my heart. Now Mom, Dad and my precious Tim will all be together in Heaven waiting for the rest of us. I will miss Betty so much. My prayers will be with all of the family and I thank you so much for accepting me so graciously into such a special family. I feel very honored to be a part of the “Snyders”. I love you all. God bless.

    05/15/2008 –

    Greg & Stephanie Kennedy Tatum & Blake

    05/15/2008 –

    Brenda Lobbezoo and family

    To Betty’s family: As you know, the world has lost a true jewel in the passing of your mother and grandmother. I admired her way of seeing the truth in all things, and the way she followed her convictions. With your permission, here is the letter that I should have sent to Betty.
    Dear Betty, I have been remiss in my friendship; I didn’t visit or call. For that I am sorry, because I have missed so many of your wonderful insights. You could have given me the advice I need to help mold my headstrong toddler, encouraged me as I filled my role as a helpmate to my husband,and challenged me in my faith. I miss your smile. Even though I know you won’t be there, I still look in the third row from the front on the right side each Sunday morning. I want to see what vibrant outfit you might have on that day; always a sunbeam in the midst of the shadows life offers. As I think of you at the feet of Jesus, I am sure that your dress is the most brilliant one; inevitably you will have found a way to wear a pair of your earrings! My children have lost out on knowing you, but your heritage will live on through me and those whom you mentored in faith. Thank you for all the ways that you have been a friend to me.Brenda

    05/15/2008 –

    Brenda Thompson

    Sending our deepest sympathy for the family. Betty will be remembered with much love and affection. She was always happy and so fun to talk with. Love, Jim and Brenda Thompson Family and Mary Rich

    05/15/2008 –

    Therapy Office

    Robin and Family-
    So sorry for your loss. We just wanted you all to know how much we’re thinking of you and praying for you! If there’s anything you need from us please let us know. God Bless! Therapy Dept.

    05/15/2008 –

    Lynn Kehoe

    Your Mother was a very remarkable woman. Our church family has been very blessed to have had your Mom be a big part of the church. From all the help she gave to the children of the church with her bible teachings, to taking part in our holiday performances. She will be deeply missed. May God be with you at this time and always,

    05/15/2008 –

    Suzi Haglund

    I love my Aunt Betty and learned so much from her. I am comforted by the fact that she is more alive today than when she was here on this earth. Now she can garden without getting tired and is no doubt asking God to ‘please change that pink flower to more mauve than it is’.

    05/15/2008 –

    Kristin Smith

    It was an honor to have gotten to know Betty through the Relay for Life and Metron of Greenville. She was a very special lady and will be missed by many.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    05/14/2008 –

    Sharon Jewell

    I have sat at the kitchen table many times and talked with Betty about everything under the sun. Betty was a close friend of my Mother in Law, Laura Jewell. Betty will surely be missed and will often times be remembered for so many of the funny things that she had happen to her over the years, I loved Betty’s sense of humor and her lovely smile. But I hope now she will be at peace with out the pain and encumbrances of this earth. God Bless your family!!!!

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