Anna (Anne) Louise Patrick Snyder Buttermore, 85, went home to be with Jesus on Oct. 30, 2013, surrounded by her family at her home in Newcomerstown.
She was born on Aug. 22, 1928, to Samuel Herschel Patrick and Mayme Lee Combs Patrick of Leander, Ky.
Schooled in a one-room schoolhouse around the bend from her home, Anne was awarded a scholarship to attend Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky. After graduating from college, she taught high school for one year, then was hired as Asbury College's dean of women, a position she served until she met and married, Rohland Ray Snyder, a musician and seminarian. Ray and Anne began their ministry as evangelists, traveling throughout the central and southern United States, after which they served for 36 years in local churches in Ohio: in Bowerstown, New Alexandria, Steubenville, and Newcomerstown.
Over the years, Anne worked in various positions, as a part-time psychology teacher at a technical institute (one year), as a counselor for a school of nursing at Ohio Valley Hospital in Steubenville (one year), and as a couselor and coordinator for a mental health center (the "Community Professional Services") in Newcomerstown and Dover.
Anne most loved times when her family was all together under one roof. She loved teaching Sunday school, speaking in churches and women's events.
Poetry, writing, sewing, cooking, and reading were among the hobbies she enjoyed.
For many summers, she served as the youth minister at two 10-day camp meetings -- at Hollowrock (Ohio) and Bentleyville (Pennsylvania), and felt honored that God would use her, a girl from the hills of Eastern Kentucky, to serve in ministry in any capacity.
She credits Bishop Cyrus (an ancestor of musician Billy Ray Cyrus) for helping to mark her life. She writes, "After I was saved, I went to hear Bishop Cyrus one night (in Poplar Chapel log church) when he preached on the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I went forward and opened my heart for all God had for me. What an experience! From that time the Lord began to open doors for me and direct my path in ways I could never have planned."
In recent years, incapacitated by a stroke and dementia, she has been lovingly cared for by her husband and family, and by home health aides, who attended to her as if she were their own family member.
She is survived by her husband of six years, William Buttermore; her sons and their wives, Steve and Peggy (Putnam), David and Wanda Joy (Thompson) of Newcomerstown; her daughter and husband, Ruth and Greg Burgner of Atlanta, Ga.; five grandchildren, Tiffany (Erik Eichenberger), Savanna, Aaron (Amy Snowling), James Patrick, and Allison; two great grandchildren, Peyton and Noah; her sister, Eleanor Robinson; sister-in-law, Doris Patrick; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband of 42 years, Rohland Ray Snyder; her brother, Jack Patrick; and brother-in-law, Claude Robinson.
Funeral services were Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in the Christ United Methodist Church, 648 Oak St., Newcomerstown, with the Revs. Gregory Burgner and Larry Hukill officiating.
Burial will follow in the West Lawn Cemetery, Newcomerstown.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Anne's name to: The Mission Society, 6234 Crooked Creek Road, Norcross, GA 30092; www.themissionsociety.org; or Christ United Methodist Church Memorial fund for Missions, 648 Oak St, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.
Online condolences may be made at www.addyfuneralhome.com.