Clara Louise Snider

Louise Snider



God noticed how weary and frail Louise was becoming day by day. He placed loving arms around her and said Clara I’m ready for you to come live with Me. Its time to finally come home. Louise was 82 years old.

Louise is survived by husband, Adrain Fort Snider, her two sons Adrain Snider and Gary Snider, her daughter, Marilynn Freeman, her daughter-in-law, Brenda Snider, her five grandsons, Joshua Snider, Christopher Matheson, Zachary Collins, Daniel Snider, Timothy Freeman, her two granddaughters, Bre’anna Cook and Micheale Bristow, her grandson-in-laws, Nathan Cook and Sean Bristow, one granddaughter-in-law, Ashlynn Collins, three great grandsons, Ashton Collins, Alexander Collins and Evan Cook, three great granddaughters, Amanda Freeman, Malinda Bristow and Ava Collins.

Louise was preceded in death by her mother and father, both paternal and maternal grandparents, two brothers, Richard Archie Cowger and Doyle Cowger, five sisters, Dorothy Stevens, Bertha Faulkner, Della Martin, and Elizabeth Thompson, one nephew, David Faulkner, two nieces, Barbara Conway and Teresa Gardner as well as many in laws.

Louise was born on a spring day, Saturday, April 17, 1937 in the family home 8 miles away from the town of Guthrie, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Archie Strange Cowger and Dollie Mae Philliips and was the fifth out of seven children. As a child they moved many times and had many family members always living with them. They lived mainly on a farm so that they could provide food for the family. The girls part of the housework was keeping the house clean, cooking, and washing clothes on a wash board and hanging them on the clothesline. Louise had asthma at a young age which prevented her from doing certain chores that involved dust, such as sweeping the dirt floors or dusting furniture. Her main job was cooking for the entire family, washing dishes, and driving her father back and forth to work.

She graduated from Northeast High School in Oklahoma City in May of 1955. However, before graduation an old acquaintance of hers told a friend that was new to town he knew where there was a house near by that had a lot of girls who lived there. He asked Adrain if he was willing to meet these girls. Well of course he wanted to meet girls, what teenage guy wouldn’t. So, this guy took Adrain to this house. It happened to be where Louise lived. She was in the kitchen with flour all over her dress because she was cooking fried chicken. The moment Adrain walked into the room where Louise could see him, she knew he was going to be the man she married. Almost a year later it happened, and they were married.

Louise and Adrain later had two sons almost 3 years apart and were told that no more children would come. While her husband was outside the home working, she would do her best to do work at the home. Besides cleaning, cooking, and caring for their two sons, she often babysat other children. She would sew clothes, iron and darn socks. Just any type of work she could do at home for work she would. This money would help her family as well as the money Adrain worked for.

In 1970, a surprise came after 11 years. She gave birth to their daughter, Marilyn. Even though she was told she couldn’t have any more children. Six years later, she was stricken with a brain tumor which took the family to California to have it removed. A couple years later, she worked at the Oklahoma City Public Schools in the cafeteria providing food to the students. In 1980, she got a job working for the City of Oklahoma City as a clerk. In 1986, she was promoted to be a Solid Waste Management Inspector for the city ok OKC until she retired in 1994. After retiring, she planted all types of flower gardens through the yard.

Her hobbies were sewing, crocheting, quilting, taking pictures, gardening, working on genealogy and traveling. Many times, vacation trips, they would end up spending days upon days looking for grave sites of deceased family members to put in her genealogy. When the children were little, she used to make all of their clothes. She even made hers and her husband’s shirts. She enjoyed spending time with family. She loved to travel only by car. She and her husband, Adrain, traveled to 49 out of 50 states and also went deep into Canada and Mexico.

At the time of her death, Adrain and Louise were married for 65 years. Toward the end Louise’s life, she had multiple strokes, she developed COPD, congestive heart failure and the worst of all was dementia. It was difficult to see her that way every day trying to speak or simply communicate with others. Now she doesn’t have to be concerned with any of that. God has called her home to all the palaces and mansions in the sky.

Visitation will be held from 1-5 p.m., Sunday, January 24 at Matthews Funeral Home. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 25, 2021 at Lone Star Baptist Church with interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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