Marion Joyce Snell (nee Napper)

Marion Joyce Snell (nee Napper)

Passed on November 12, 2022

December 26, 1927 – November 12, 2022     Mom passed away peacefully at the Teulon long term care facility, just a month short of her 95th birthday.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd in 2011, and her daughter Linda.

Left to cherish her memory are her sons Bob, Ken (Francine), Russ (Laura); and daughters Tracy (Todd) and Bev (Ken); grandchildren Shelly (Ryan), David (Christy), Amanda (Curtis), Mark, Nadine (Brendon), William (Nadine), Joseph (Ashley) and great grandchildren Charleigh and Oliver, plus nieces & nephews.

Born in Foxwarren, but with moves to Tilston, Lake Francis and Argyle; mom completed her grade 11 at Brant Consolidated School. Mom’s parents, Will & Myrtle Napper purchased the Wolson’s Store in 1945 and it was there that she met her future husband, J. Lloyd Snell, marrying February 6, 1948.

Initially farming, and shipping milk; dad then got a position with Bristol Aerospace in 1957 and CAE in 1960 with an opportunity to move to Puntzi, BC. Mom loved travelling and the adventure appealed to her. So off they went, with four of their children in tow. They returned to Argyle in 1963 and their youngest child, Beverly was born in November of that year.

Mom was a great community supporter, quietly taking on the roles of Ladies Curling Club president, Hall Board member, Fall Supper volunteer, Sports days volunteer, Baseball coach, Argyle Shuffling Club president and Treasurer of the Stonewall Area Band, of which she had a part in getting organized in the early 70’s.

Music was mom’s passion. She could play piano by ear, in the dark! Hum her a few bars of a tune, and she could play the entire piece! It was magical and her toes were tapping to dance tunes until the very end. To raise money for the new curling rink, she made a big pot of vegetable soup to serve to the twenty mile walk-a-thon’ers, and participated in a 24 hr. piano-a-thon playing her turn of 8 hrs. nonstop.

Mom & Dad did quite a bit of travelling, loving to explore Canada, and mom navigated all their trips, taking travel notes along the way. You could never beat her at geography matches! She continued her writing and added in stories about their life. Writing, geography, and history came in handy when she volunteered to help compile the local history book – Hands Across the Meridian. She spent countless hours interviewing seniors, and helping them by writing their histories, taking dictation over the phone for them if they couldn’t write any longer.

Mom was such a hard working, country woman. She never allowed produce to go to waste. She managed our large gardens and put up many quarts of vegetables & fruits, juices, jams and jellies, and pickles. With dad being a hunter, we always had tasty food on hand. Mom was a great baker as well. Our lunches held at least one baked good; pies, cookies, cakes, or dainties. It was a testament to her good baking, that our lunches got stolen in high school!

Mom was a sewer too. Not only did she make some of our clothes, but she sewed an entire tent, for a pop-up trailer! We enjoyed a few summers at the lake or travelling to BC using that trailer. She also sewed us costumes for the winter carnivals. And with her sense of humor, sometimes showed up in costume herself, and without us knowing who she was!

We’ll miss you mom.

We’d like to thank Ken Lohmer for his services and Dr. Loudon and the staff at the Teulon hospital for their compassionate care over the last 16 months.

A private family service was held per mom’s wishes. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local charity of choice.


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