Long time Golden resident and Columbia Valley pioneer Laura Snider, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, January 20, 2018, at Golden and District Hospital.
Laura Mary Stewart, was born in 1920 at Gladstone, Manitoba, and grew up on her grandparents farm near Muir, Manitoba. In 1939, she married Jack Irvine Snider, and their first son, Don, was born in 1941. When Jack went overseas during WW2, Laura moved to Burnaby with her mother, where she worked as a “conductorette” on the street cars for the BC Electric Company.
In December of 1945, after Jack’s return from Europe, they moved to Brisco to be near Jack’s parents who had settled there. Laura had fond memories of her adventures on their property along what is now Snider Road, just south of Brisco. Stories of shooting deer and bear from her back porch, having a cougar perched on the roof of the house, and cutting Christmas trees on the tree farm, were a glimpse of her early life in the valley. It was while in Brisco that her next two sons, Bryan and Greg, were born.
In 1956, the Snider’s moved to Parson, where Wayne was born the following year. After moving to Golden in 1960, the Snider’s moved to New Hazelton two years later for Jack’s work. The Columbia Valley was always close to Laura’s heart and drew her and the family back in 1967, when they settled in Nicholson. Shortly after Jack’s death in 1984, Laura moved into Golden, where she resided for almost 30 years at Purcell View apartments. In recent years Laura could always be found enjoying coffee and her friends at the Golden Bake Shop.
This past November, Laura moved to Abbeyfield House in Golden and lived there until her passing. More than once, her boys had invited her to move closer to them, but Golden was always where her heart and her friends were, and Laura had no desire to leave either. She has now made her final move and is at home with Jesus, her Lord.
Laura was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Ray and Norman, her granddaughter Sandra, and great granddaughter Destiny.
She is survived by her sister Margaret (Bruce) Chapman, of Port Albernie BC, brother Lyle (Chris) Hopwood, of Abbotsford BC, sons Don (Debbie) of Terrace BC, Bryan (Jane) of Penticton BC, Greg (Carole) of Grand Forks BC, and Wayne (Rita) of Armstrong BC; nine grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchldren.
A special thanks from Laura’s family to her friends Susan, Delores, Reta, Jean, and Bertha; as well as Pastor Tom & Rocky Mountain Alliance Church family; Stephanie & staff at Abbeyfield House, Dr. Jessica Chiles & the Healthcare Professionals who cared for Laura.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.