OBITUARY

The Reverend Chaplain Keith Stokes Snyder II

May 29, 1945April 15, 2021

The Reverend Chaplain Keith Stokes Snyder II entered eternity on April 15, 2021. He is survived by his wife, Reverend Margaret Motte Snyder, his sons, Keith Stokes Snyder III, wife Cassie Snyder, and Robert David Snyder, wife Sherie Snyder, his daughter Kathryn Motte Barry, and four granddaughters, Eleanor Ruth Snyder, Abigail Louise Snyder, Susiane Margaret Snyder, and Ruth Grace Snyder. Chaplain Stokes, as he was called by many at St. Tammany Hospital, as a Trauma Chaplain, was there for 15 years. Before he was a church pastor, fire department chaplain, and marched arm in arm with Martin Luther King, Jr., as a civil rights advocate in Hawaii. He remained true to his beloved United Church of Christ, ordained for over 40 years of ministry. Truly, he was God’s servant with an intelligence, wit, compassion, and love for others. We grieve, but know he is in a joy that we can’t even understand. Service arrangements will be held at Grace Funeral Home at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory to the St. Tammany Hospital Foundation are preferred. An online guestbook is available at www.gracenorthshore.com.

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Bruce Blankley

May 7, 2021

My wife and I knew Stokes and Susan very well when we all lived in Watertown, SD. I knew of Stokes passion for helping others and his desire to complete his Divinity Degree which he did. Decades later I still call him one of the best friends I have ever had.
Bruce Blankley

Sandy Hughes

April 26, 2021

Stokes will be missed by his family and his friends. He was one of a kind. It is because of Stokes that Maggie was able to find the right path to become an ordained minister and achieve God’s call for her. Where others had turned her away from her call, Stokes found doors that opened for her. Stokes was a very special and very spiritual person.

Sandy Lindahl

April 24, 2021

Last summer, Rev. Stokes was on a group call with members of Amistad Chapel UCC. Our conversation turned to the trauma experienced by medical personnel, chaplains and other professionals helping so many people with COVID. I remember that he wanted to volunteer his services to alleviate some of their pain. Despite his own physical restrictions, his heart was all about helping others. He and I never met in person, but he made a lasting impression on me and I am grateful to have been associated with him through church membership.
My prayers are with his dear wife and family, for your comfort and peace.
Sandy Lindahl, Moderator of Amistad Chapel UCC

Janet Ross

April 24, 2021

Although I never met Keith in person, he quickly became a dear friend and colleague ... a brother. He and Maggie joined our church a couple of years ago as a way to keep connected to the United Church of Christ when travel to their home church became impossible. Keith (we knew him by his first name ;-) was always available to share stories about his ministry, his time in Hawaii, his chaplaincy and trauma work, his love for theology and his faith. I always came away from our conversations with a lightened heart and spirit. Our congregation also holds his precious wife, Pastor Maggie, and his sons and daughter in our hearts and prayers. May Keith's large and marvelous spirit continue to give you guidance, courage, and wisdom. May you know the bountiful love of God that holds you during these sad days of loss. We love you dearly!!

Kathryn Barry

April 19, 2021

My beloved Pere has been a guiding force in my life and my faith since I was 18. , He was there for several graduations and was the first person who found out I passed Massachusetts. Bar. A few weeks later he was in the front row at my Swearing-in ceremony to watch me officially become an attorney, He was with me for the big events and equally important for the small everyday moments, We shared many joys, talks laughter, and memories that I will hold in my heart. One memory I must share is how he claimed my fears about Hurricane Katrina approaching. He said we should not let the good food spoil; so we ate liver pate' drank champagne and watched Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I am proud to be his daughter and will miss him greatly.

Mike Halston

April 19, 2021

My sincere condolences to the many friends and family of Pastor Stokes. I was grateful to learn more about his incredible and meaningful life through stories over the years shared by Trip and Rob, and now through memorial postings. Clearly he made an impact on many and lived life in service of others. We should all be so fortunate as to leave such a wonderful legacy.

Mike Binnings

April 19, 2021

Here at St Tammany Parish Hospital we will always have a place in our hearts for our Chaplain Stokes. Back many years ago Stokes took me under his wing and introduced me to the world of a Chaplain. Stokes was such a joy to be around, so spiritual and positive. Our prayers are with the family, he is with God now, rest in peace Stokes....Chaplain Mike and his STPH family

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY