LEXINGTON — Like a brilliantly cut diamond, Shontell Snyder was multi-faceted: she sparkled as a helpmate to her devoted husband, loving supporter of her sons, diligent church musician and ambassador for the family ministry and business.
Shontell’s crowning facet was her allegiance to the Gospel of Christ. She accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior as a girl. Her family and friends have lost a most ardent prayer warrior, as Shontell’s faith became sight Monday, June 20, 2011. She was 79.
Born Shontell Irene Wolford on June 10, 1932, in Huron County to Willment W. and Laura L. (Doty) Wolford, she moved to the family’s farm north of Shenandoah as a child. It was there on the farm that she learned a good work ethic. As firstborn, Shontell learned early how to drive the tractor, milk cows by hand and tend chickens.
She attended Oberlin School of Commerce, and on the recommendation of her professors, she was hired in as secretary to the vice presidents of the former Farmers Savings & Trust in Mansfield.
The employee time clock was adjacent to her desk, and as a new employee — a polite and handsome Bellville man — stamped his time card, he asked her if she would like to see his new car. Shontell accepted the invitation and that 1948 Chrysler Club Coupe (in robin egg blue) became their courting car. She and Jason Paul Snyder were married Aug. 23, 1953, in the Shenandoah Christian Church, her home church that as a youth, she served as church organist.
The Snyders made their home in Fredericktown, were blessed with three sons, and though she worked as a teller in the Dan Struble Bank (now First-Knox National Bank), she felt her calling in life was “to have a Christian home for (our) children.”
Shontell gardened and canned, sewed and cooked, decorated cakes and ensured their boys were in church every Sunday — there was just no good reason to miss worship services.
She was warm and supportive, and strove to have her sons make their faith their own. Nothing was more important to Shontell than her boys’ pursuit of a vital relationship with Jesus Christ.
She was a member and church pianist in First Baptist Church of Fredericktown. After their move to Lexington in 1969, she continued playing piano for worship as a member of Lexington Church of Christ. For nearly 50 years she accompanied worshippers in churches. She was currently a member of Palmyra Church of Christ, and was a 50-year member of Ann Hill Chapter 281 Order of Eastern Star, Fredericktown.
Shontell was not a perfect woman ... but she followed a perfect Savior. And she knew life was not all about her ... it’s all about Him. Shontell made every effort to do what the Lord required of her: “To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, J. Paul Snyder; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bradley and Kim Snyder of Powell, Randy and Tess Snyder of Pickerington and J. Todd and Linda Snyder of Mansfield; grandchildren, Brittany and Tony Stoffer, Bethany Snyder, Jordan Snyder, Lindsay and Brad Radkoski, Jeff and Kelsey Snyder, Leah Snyder, Seth Roberts, Kennan Roberts, Hannah Snyder and Gideon Snyder; a sister and brother-in-law, Eileen Wolford and Bill Marsh of Mansfield; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Laura Wolford of Shenandoah; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Dorothy Snyder of Canon City, Colo., Betty and Bill Ritchie of Tucson, Ariz., Helen Snyder of Mount Vernon, Gifta Snyder of Bellville, Madelyn Snyder of Mount Gilead, T. Arthur and Joyce Snyder of Mansfield, Patricia and Larry Hoffman of Colorado Springs, Colo., and James and Pat Snyder and Janet and James Hope, all of Bellville; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don and Virginia Snyder, Dave and Jean Snyder, Richard Snyder, Ora, Jr. “Pete” Snyder, Philip Snyder and Arden Snyder.
The Snyder family will receive friends Thursday, June 23, from 2 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. Pastors Troy Northrop and Claude Likins will officiate. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery.
Contributions in Shontell’s memory are encouraged to MedCentral Hospice or Jefferson Township-Bellville Rescue Squad, and may be made at the funeral home. To send a private online condolence to the Snyder family, please visit http://www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
Some lives are so filled with love, and truth, and sparkle, that not even death can extinguish them. Shontell is a gem — and will twinkle in the hearts of her loved ones until their reunion in the Lord.