Mary Collier Snyder, age 80, died February 24, 1998 in St. James Hospital, Butte, Montana of natural causes.
She was born September 22, 1917 in Vernal, Utah, to James Edwin and Lena May Collier. She spent her early childhood on farms in the Uintah Basin, and attended schools in Vernal. She met Richard Snyder, who was serving in the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1934. They later went to Salt Lake City together where they entered the University of Utah and were married on Jan. 6, 1939. He completed medical school in 1951 and from then until his death in 1978, she worked as his nurse and office manager. She served as president of the Utah Medical Auxiliary Society, circa 1961.She moved to Butte, Montana in 1984 to be near her daughter's family. She considered herself, in her own words, "a great armchair general and politician." She read avidly. It was, next to her family, her major passion. Her life was enriched by warm friendships and appreciation for the landscape.
She is survived by her siblings, Evah Pendelton, Ina May (Dick) Johnson, Palmer (Margie) Collier, Don Collier, and Wendell (Glenna) Collier, all of the Wasatch Front; her children, Richard (Julie) Snyder, Salt Lake; Kriss (Rick) Douglass, Butte, MT; Marty Snyder (Kee Muschenheim), Wolfville, Nova Scotia; and Rob (Kezia) Snyder, Rockville, UT; and her grandchildren, Sam Douglass, Walter Muschenheim, Aaron and Nikki Snyder.
A memorial services at 4 p.m. and reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church, 5th South and 13 East, SLC. She has requested her body be donated to U of U Medical School for research. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stegner Collection at U of U Library.
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