Mary M. Snapp

December 18, 1928September 17, 2020

Mary M. Snapp, 91, of Bloomington, formerly of Columbus, died Thursday, September 17, 2020.

Mary was born on December 18, 1928 in Indianapolis to Edward and Marjorie (Brandenburg) Helwig. On November 17, 1951 she married Dr. Richard A. Snapp, M.D. Together they had six children, five of whom survive.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Dr. Robert A. Snapp, M.D.; and her brother, Thomas Helwig.

Surviving are her loving children, Richard A. (Carrie) Snapp of Bloomington, Yves M. Yarborox of San Francisco, CA, Thomas E. (Deb) Snapp of Valparaiso, Lisa (Jeff) Dinsmore of Story, and Carol (Ernie) Sanford of Richland, WA. Also surviving are ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service adhering to CDC guidelines relating to COVID-19 will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Garland Brook Cemetery.

Memorials in Mary’s name are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The family will receive online condolences at:

Hathaway-Myers Chapel is serving the Snapp family.


  • Richard A. Snapp (Carrie), Son
  • Yves M. Yarborox, Son
  • Thomas E. Snapp (Deb), Son
  • Lisa Dinsmore (Jeff), Daughter
  • Carol Sanford (Ernie), Daughter
  • Also surviving are ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Richard A. Snapp, M.D.; her parents, Edward and Marjorie (Brandenburg) Helwig; her son, Dr. Robert A. Snapp, M.D.; and her brother, Thomas Helwig.

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  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, September 26, 2020


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Melody Childs

September 25, 2020

I have so many wonderful memories of Mary that it is hard to choose. She loved flowers, and the purple wisteria that draped the front of the house was one of her favorites. She was always thoughtful when it came to picking out gifts for her children and grandchildren. The gifts were often unexpected and subtle, as fitted her sensibilities and wry sense of humor. Once she sent me a wire basket in the shape of an apple. It was a small gift but reflected her memory of youthful adventures in the apple orchards of Wisconsin. She also sent me a pin - as in a woman's dress pin - that I did not appreciate at the time, it seeming too old for me, and like nothing I would ever wear. However, this year on August 26 to be exact, I remembered the pin, and it brought back not only fond memories of Mary, but of her incredible intellectual and political depth and breadth which were probably understated and underrated given the conservative times in which she grew up, for such women as Mary were not appreciated then: the pin was a suffragette pin in honor of Susan B. Anthony. Although Susan B. Anthony died before women were finally allowed their right to vote with the 19th Amendment, ratified on August 26, 2019, Mary at least lived to see women in her own family have not only families, but also amazing careers of their own as nurses, viticulturists, businesswomen and scientists. I know Mary, wherever she is now, is looking upon her children, wives of children, granddaughters and great-granddaughters with that wry smile of hers and thinking how proud she to have helped shape their lives. I know she shaped my life in ways I am still discovering. Thank you Mary! You will be missed!

Lea Ann Rice-Randall

September 22, 2020

So sorry to hear of your mothers passing. God bless and keep you all in His care. Much love.

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