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Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder

Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder
Kay Elizabeth Snyder
- April 24, 2018

Kay was born in Sturgis, SD, on May 18, 1937. She graduated from Sturgis High School in 1955. She earned an Associate Elementary Education Degree from Black Hills State College and taught 1 year at Igloo, SD. Kay was a substitute teacher form many years. She loved music and shared her passion for the piano by giving private lessons for 17 years. For many years, she played the organ at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Family, faith, and friends were of the utmost importance in her life.

Kay married Dean Snyder in 1958. Together, they had two children. Her son, Ken, lives on the family ranch. Her daughter, Sherroll, is an accountant and lives near Sturgis.

Kay was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their ranch home. Kay also loved to travel, sketching detailed itineraries of the routes and sites. She especially enjoyed including the grandchildren in the travel plans.

Kay was a self-admitted "clipper/saver" of newspaper and magazine articles! However, she was a very organized saver leaving behind numerous files of her clipped treasures. She developed hand written paper spreadsheets of ranch income and expenses before people commonly used spreadsheets. She presented workshops on organizing ranch and personal records before the popularity of computerized record keeping.

Kay loved community engagement. Her organizational skills often led to her attaining leadership roles in activities she participated in. She was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church. Kay served as the first female lay board president of the SD United Methodist Foundation. She was proud of tracing her family tree to a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, serving as Chapter and State Regent. Kay was an active advocate for agriculture. She was a member of South Dakota CattleWomen for over 40 years. She was SDCW president in 1991. In 2000, she was president of the American National CattleWomen. She also served as Treasurer of the American National CattleWomen Foundation. She participated in and held offices in many local/state organizations including 4-H, Meade County Farm Bureau, Toastmistress, Church Women United, Federated Women's Literary Club, Order of the Eastern Star, and Republican Women. Kay was on the Board of Directors for the Black Hills Playhouse, SD 4-H Foundation, and was a member of SDSU Agricultural Advisory Committee.

Kay was the recipient of many awards and recognitions including the SD Honored Homemaker Award at SDSU, Outstanding Farm Bureau Woman in SD, Valiant Woman Award (SD Church Women United), Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year, and Outstanding Volunteer Leader (SD General Federation Women's Club).

Kay Elizabeth (Schryvers) Snyder, an area ranch wife and homemaker, passed away April 22, 2018.

Kay is survived by her husband, Dean; her sister, Marilyn Asher; son, Ken (Ronda) Snyder; daughter, Sherroll (Howard) Scow; six grandchildren, Bailey Collins, Andrew (Tacy) Snyder, Daniel Snyder, Michael Snyder, Casey Scow, and Hannah Scow.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Doris Schryvers, and her sister, Shirley, who passed away 20 years ago to the day as Kay.

Kay battled cognitive dementia for several years eventually succumbing to its ugliness. She had loving caregivers who affectionately addressed her as "Miss Kay." She was a strong person in life and very strong in death.

Hard roads lead to beautiful places. Rest in Peace, Mom...Nanny...Kay.

Visitation will be Friday, April 27, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Kinkade Funeral Chapel in Sturgis.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Sturgis with Pastor Jenene Earl officiating. Inurnment will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis.

Memorials have been established to the Meade County 4-H Event Center Building or the United Methodist Church in Sturgis.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.kinkadefunerals.com.


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