Elaine passed away on Friday, March 6, 2020 at Windsor Manor in Shenandoah.
Memorials may be directed to the Shenandoah Public Library. Cards in Elaine's name, may be sent to the funeral home. Private Family Services are planned.
Beth Elaine Mackoy Snyder was born January 11, 1924, in the Locust Grove Township of Fremont County, the third of four daughters born to Joseph Beryl and Gladys Hall Mackoy. She developed a life-long love for the farm and all the life that springs from it. Elaine belonged to the PEO Sisterhood and the Shenandoah First United Methodist Church. She graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1941 and immediately joined her beloved, Clarence L.Snyder, Jr., whom she married on September 12, 1941, on the West Coast for military training preceding Junior's deployment to the Pacific Theater of WWII.
Elaine and Junior returned to southwest Iowa following the war and began their successful and long-lasting professional journey in the car dealership business--the Snyder Motor Company--from 1946-1969. Elaine monitored the accounting and financial books and Junior charmed the customers. Together, they made lifelong friends and traveled the world.
Among the many roles in which she excelled, Elaine was the consummate hostess, treating family and friends to wonderful celebrations and warmly elaborate dinner parties. She generously opened her homes in Shenandoah and Scottsdale, making every guest feel welcome and valued, with a smile, a touch of the arm, and invitation to share stories about life's adventures. Elaine remembered birthdays and anniversaries of numerous nieces and nephews and her vibrant spirit and kind, loving soul made her shine so brightly.
Elaine was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, sisters Josephine Beryl Mackoy Evans, Mildred Marguerite Mackoy Teachout and Virginia Mackoy Trautmann, and niece Sherry Teachout Glenn. Elaine is survived by her nieces Holly Evans (Al) Krabbenhoeft of Portage, IN, and Julie Trautmann (Jack) Cooper of Worcester, MA, and nephews David (Carol) Evans of Escanaba, MI, and Harold "Mack" (Carolyn Gilbert) Teachout of Farragut, IA, along with grandnieces Abby Cooper (Johnny) Skaff and Erin (Greg) Feldmann, and grandnephews Kris Krabbenhoeft, Aaron Krabbenhoeft, Jeremy (Jennifer) Glenn, and Brandon (Miranda Huseth) Teachout.
Elaine and Jr. were great friends of my parents, Del and Mac McMannama. They were such a big part of a wonderful group of friends in Shenandoah, and I know how fond they were all of each other. My wife, Susan, and I send our condolences. Elaine was a great lady and she made a difference in many people's lives in Shenandoah.
Susan and Jack McMannama
Family of Elaine, So sorry to read about Elaine's passing today on KMA. My parents, Bill and Millie Morgan knew Junior and Elaine. Junior was always trying to sell my dad a car. I remember going to their dealership in Shenandoah when the new models would come out. Elaine lived a good, long life.
A beautiful and stylish lady whom I enjoyed visiting with. We were recipients of Jr. and Elaine's hospitality in Scottsdale with dinner and an enjoyable evening listening to their reminiscing of war days. Sympathy to the family.
Pure class...Compassionate lady..... Prayers to her family!!!!
As a hospice volunteer, I had great visits with Elaine about her Locust Grove roots and Mack and Sherry. Elaine was a neat lady. Phil Wing
I enjoyed knowing Elaine through the years. I found her charming, intelligent, and always admired her sense of style. May she rest in peace.
Elaine and Jr were a lovely couple. Now they are together again. RIP Elaine.
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