Anna Mae Easter Snyder, 79, was born Oct. 31, 1941 in Springdale, Arkansas and passed away Jan. 20, 2021 at the country home of her daughter and son-n-law near Poteau where she was then living.
Funeral services are 10 a.m. Thursday at Heavener First Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Vaughn Cemetery.
Anna grew up in the Miller’s Chapel area near Winslow, Arkansas. She attended her first years of school at Miller’s Chapel, which was a one-room school house, where her mother and grandmother also attended. School would have to be put aside to help her family pick cotton down in Texas each year. When she was 11, her family moved from Arkansas to Oregon, where her father had found work in the timber industry. There she met, and married Harold Richard Snyder on Oct. 30, 1956 in Myrtle Point, Oregon the day before her 15th birthday. Anna was a housewife most of her life, raising five children.
In 1997 Anna and her husband Harold travelled back to the eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas area to visit family and research Anna’s Native American ancestry. They decided to stay, and eventually purchased a home in Heavener, where they lived most the rest of their lives.
Anna was of the Christian faith, and attended Heavener First Baptist Church. Until recent years, she and her husband often shared their faith with others riding motorcycles together out on the road with the Christian Motorcycles Association. They always welcomed others into their home, and enjoyed visiting with friends over coffee at local cafes. Anna Loved her family, and attending family reunions. She was well known for her fried chicken, and homemade potato salad. Most of all Ann was known for her love, faith, and kind heart towards all she met.
Anna was preceded in death by her parents Andrew and Elsie Hampton Easter; her husband, Harold Snyder; brothers Donnie, Richard, Doyle, Marvin and Roger; sisters Waneta and Mary; and three grandsons Frank Snyder, Christopher Snyder and Jason Snyder.
She is survived by four sons Terry Snyder of Heavener, Kent Snyder, and life partner Linda of Chemult, Oregon, Robert Snyder and life partner Jeanette of Bend, Oregon, and Timothy Snyder and life partner Lynn of Roseburg, Oregon; daughter Sheila Snyder Schneider and husband Stephen of Poteau; 17 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; one second great grandchild; brothers Norman and James Easter; many nephews, nieces and cousins.
Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.