Grace Gambrel Snyder, 97, Byron, beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and community servant, died Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 after a long illness.
She was born in Hayworth on July 16, 1915, the daughter of Dr. Earl and Nellie (Halsey) Gambrel. She was the oldest of eight children.
Grace graduated from Polo High School in 1933, andshe attended Normal Teacher’s College (currently Illinois State University) for half a year. That was cut short as she was called home to help with her younger siblings.
Later she attended two years at Browns Business College in Rockford.
She did bookwork for several businesses over the years.
Grace married Homer Snyder on May 30, 1939 at the home of her parents in Byron. They had two daughters Sara (Larry) Carr and
Jane (John) Eickman.
Grace loved people, doing for others and serving her community. Her family viewed her as a very warm and loving saint.
She loved flowers, gardening, making braided rugs and talking about all her years of estate sales and refinishing antiques.
She was a very active member in the United Church in Byron. She was active in the church circle and was a Sunday School teacher for 23 years.
She was active in Girl Scouts for 27 years. Grace was instrumental in the building of the Girl Scout Cabin and was on the Rockford Area Council for 14 years.
She was a member of the American Red Cross for 10 years. She was past president and member of the American Legion Auxiliary, past president and member of the Eastern Star, active in the Byron Women’s Club, Republican Women’s Club, Jury Commission of Ogle County, Illinois Public Aid and Advisory Committee.
She served as an election Judge, Ogle County Registrar for 13 years, Ogle County Bi-Centennial Commission, Byron City Treasurer.
To award her for all her civic activity she was awarded Byron Citizen of the Year in 1974.
Grace will be missed by all the lives she touched, especially her family.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Homer; daughters, Sally (Larry) Carr, Leaf River, Jane (John) Eickman, Kalispell, Mont.; grandchildren, Nancy (Gaylen) Zipse, Larry (Francene) Carr, Michael (Jill) Carr, and Travis (Machael) Eickman; great-grandchildren, Lauren and Brandon Zipse, Bridget Wright, Aaron (Chelsea) Latino, Danielle (Kent) Blatchford, Josh Englin, Aidan and Grace Carr, Trevor and Tucker Eickman, Tyler and Justin Patterson; three great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Carol (Stan) Meyers, Dr. Gene (Anne) Gambrel, and Barbara (Ted) Seaman, Jackie Gambrel, Judy Gambrel; numerous nephews and nieces.
Grace was predeceased by her parents; siblings, Dr. Paul (Helen) Gambrel, Marjorie (Harold) Miller, Maury Gambrel, Earl Gambrel; and grandson, Jeremiah Eickman.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the United Church of Byron with the Rev. Michael Mulberry, pastor of the church, officiating.
Burial will be in the Byron Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St., Byron.
A memorial fund has been established for the United Church of Byron.
The family would like to especially thank the Neighbor’s Nursing Home Staff, VNA Hospice, Dr. Dorsey & Staff, all the neighbors and family, Rev. Mulberry and Rev. Tracy Heilman, the church family, friends who have visited.
You know who you are, thank you for all your support and love.
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