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Born: Mar 23, 1930

Date of Passing: Jan 09, 2010

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MARY CHRISTINA SNIDER (nee BLACK) March 23, 1930 - January 9, 2010. With her husband beside her Mary passed away peacefully January 8, 2010 at the Tuxedo Villa Nursing Home. Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Kenneth R. Snider, children: Don Snider (Tara) (Winnipeg), Nancy (Ross) Bailey (Thunder Bay, ON); grandchildren Alexandra, David, Shauna, Julia and Van, brother and sister-in-law Stewart and Dulcie Snider, nieces and nephews David, Robert, James, John, Judith, and John. She was predeceased by her parents David and Florence Black, brother and sister in-law Neil and Nancy Black. Mary Christina Snider was born in Winnipeg then three months later moved with her family to Yorkton, SK. Growing up in Yorkton Mary accompanied her father hunting and loved to caddy for him at The Clear Lake Golf Course during summer vacations. She was an avid athlete who competed in speed skating, basketball, and tennis. She was a finalist for the Saskatchewan Junior Athlete of the year. In 1948 Mary was awarded the Royal Canadian Humane Association Honorary Testimonial and Medal of Valour after saving two people from drowning at Clear Lake and a year later rescuing a man in York Lake, SK. Mary moved back to Winnipeg to attend the Winnipeg General Hospital Nursing School where she graduated with the class on 1951 B as a registered nurse. She developed lifetime friendships with her classmates and regularly organized class reunions. Mary met her future husband at the Winnipeg Badminton Club in 1953 and they married in 1956. They had two children and shared a love of golf and spent many happy holidays in places such as Florida, California, Texas and British Columbia. She was a long time member of the Niakwa Country Club and represented Manitoba five times on the Provincial Senior Ladies Golf Team. She was also instrumental as Badminton Chairman of the Wildewood Club in ensuring the Courts were rebuilt after a fire destroyed them in 1973. Mary was passionate about politics and worked on many Federal and Provincial elections and was made an honorary life time member of the Provincial Progressive Conservative Party. The family would like to express their gratitude to all the staff at the Tuxedo Villa Nursing Home. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at Thomson In the Park Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Blvd., Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mary's memory can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba or the Winnipeg Humane Society. THOMSON IN THE PARK 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 12, 2010

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