obit: Shirley Ann Blake Snapka
Shirley Ann (Blake) Snapka, 75, of Mount Calm, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, in Waco. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Wade Funeral Chapel in Hubbard with interment to follow in Mount Calm Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the funeral home.
Shirley was born July 31, 1937, in Beedeville, Ark., the eldest and only girl of five children born to Frank and Audie (Smith) Blake. She grew up in Dallas, attended Hillcrest High School and later attended college at North Texas State University in Denton for one year on a full scholarship. On Dec. 20, 1958, Shirley married Gene Snapka, who she had met at the Vickery Skating Rink in Dallas.
She was active in community affairs after moving to Mount Calm in the early 1970s where she served as election judge and was a member of the Mount Calm Study Club. Shirley worked for over 20 years as a veterinarian's assistant for Dr. Miller in Waco. She enjoyed taking care of her family, doing for others and watching the Texas Rangers and football games as well as drinking coffee with her late neighbor, Wanda Goodloe, and other friends and neighbors and talking about current events. Shirley was a member of Mount Calm Church of Christ.
Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; and by her husband of 40 years, Gene Snapka, in 1998.
Survivors include son, Bud Snapka and Anita Rosenkranz of Mount Calm; daughter, Vicki Mabile and husband, Andy, of Mount Calm; four brothers, Dan Blake and wife, Brenda, of Ponder, Boo Blake and wife, Pat, of Elmo, David Blake and wife, Janet, of Elmo, and Jeff Blake of Frisco; four grandchildren, Scotty Mabile and wife, Sara, of Lorena, Alicia McGee and husband, Drew, of Mount Calm, Kyle Wollard and wife, Courtney, of China Spring, and Lindsey Wollard and fiancŽ, Josh Levin, of Kensington, Kan.; two great-grandchildren, Bryce McGee of Mount Calm, and Addison Mabile of Lorena; and numerous nieces and nephews and other extended family and friends.
Pallbearers will be Bill Hawkins, Steve Dulock, Mike Tucker, Russell Coker, Charles Williams and Jimmy Lehmann. Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Alligood, Greg Goodloe, John Houston, S. Jay Connell, Darwin Hefelfinger and Keith Woodall.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Scott & White/Hillcrest Hospice, the nursing staff at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and to special caretakers and friends, Katy Simmons, Carol Cornelius and Diane Winters.
Memorials may be made to any animal shelter or the American Cancer Society.
July 31, 1937 - September 26, 2012
Published in Waco Tribune-Herald from September 27 to September 28, 2012