OBITUARY

Ozell Mel Snider

April 26, 1938February 21, 2019
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Celebrating the life of Ozell M. Snider

Born April 26, 1938 in Lake Village, Arkansas to Fred and Pearl Mason (who preceded her in death). The second of eight children, her sisters Freddie Mae Petross, Cynthia D. Craps and Carol L. Brown, (also preceded her in death).

She leaves to cherish her memory, her most precious jewels her family. Five children, Brenda (Willis)Marshall; Keith Snider; Michelle (Robert) Norfleet; Kevin (Nita) Snider and the baby Vernita (Leavelle) Abram. Grandchildren, Christina Herring; Willis Thurman Marshall III; Vatisha Snider; Shantéa (Murice) Murphy; Brian (Yolanda) Marshall; Aaron (Lynnea) Marshall; Taylor Snider; Venice Reacco; Gabriel Snider. Twelve great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter. Siblings, Joyce Ward-McGee; Perry Mason; Veda (Robert) Thomas; Joni (Hope) Mason. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Ozell's God-daughter, Onetta Williams and the Williams Family.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, February 28, 2019
  • Lying in State Friday, March 1, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Friday, March 1, 2019
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Ozell Mel Snider

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Shantea Murphy

March 13, 2019

Granny, to say that I miss you is an enormous understatement. I know that GOD only takes his MOST precious jewels and lends them as a Gift. You are, were, and will always be one of the Greatest gifts of my life. I watched you LIVE and I watched you fight to remain here. I am proud of your Living and your Fight. I know that it was all for us.
I know that your greatest desire was to be a woman of virtue, providing life tools of education, resource, inspiration, dedication, and cooperative/collective works.
Your desire was met, and we have received well, every ounce of heart, intention, sacrifice, and love you poured into us.
As much as it grieves me to walk this life without your physical presence, I know your emotional and spiritual imprint has forever stained my heart in the most Beautiful and indescribeable ways.
You are my inspiration, motivation, and absolute joy in memory.
I will carry your wisdom, your Love, and your spirit with me daily.
I will be uncompromising in my core of discipline and unyeilding in my committment to actively and purposefully share my voice for change, forgiveness, and sacrifice. I will stand on my own convictions and be understanding of others. I promise to continue to make you proud.
Oneday I will soar on eagles wings with you, and look upon this earthly realm as an journey to Heavens location. Until then, guide us, protect us, watch over us , shine an angelic spotlight on us, and allow us to never lose the warmth of your Love.

From the depths of my soul to the place where our spirits can still hear each other's whisper....I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(I will pro udly wear your gold eagle).
Shantea Marie- your "amazing granny's girl"

VERNITA SNIDER-ABRAM

February 23, 2019

Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Mom I Love you
Vernita

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Biography

Celebrating the life of Ozell M. Snider

Born April 26, 1938 in Lake Village, Arkansas to Fred and Pearl Mason. The second of eight children, Ozell was a woman of faith, trusted in God and allowed him to guide her throughout her life.

From the beginning, Ozell was the caring nurturer and protector of the family, on whom we all came to depend. Once she was aware of anyone being in harm’s way, she stepped in to provide assistance without having to be asked.

At the age of four, her family relocated to Chicago, where she attended Blake elementary school and Farragut high school. In her later years, she received her bachelor’s degree from Roosevelt University and her master’s in education & administration from Northeastern Illinois University.

Ozell raised five children, mostly as a single Mom and at times held down three jobs to support her family. As a young woman, she demonstrated her passion for social justice and marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Chicago. She campaigned for Harold Washington, who became the first Black Mayor in the city of Chicago. Ozell also was a participating member of Operation Breadbasket (now Operation Push).

As an educator, she began her career as the PTA president and then School Community Representative (SCR). Ozell went on to become Assistant Principal and then the Principal of St. Francis Xavier Cabrini elementary school from 1970 to 1986. After retiring from the parochial school system, she held various positions, always aiding and serving others for their betterment.

In 1991, she relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas; most would have settled in and lived quietly – but not Ozell. She dug in and took Little Rock on! Ozell was extremely instrumental in the development and implementation of what is now known as “Watershed Inc.”, the world’s First ‘Social Hospital”. While working as the Fiscal Manager, she held multiple positions on various committees, including working on the Presidential campaign for the 42nd president, Bill Clinton. She later became the Pulaski County Elections Commissioner. Ozell continued to work on these committees driving social change across organizations until her health no longer permitted her to do so. As her health continued to decline, she returned to Chicago under the care of her daughter, Michelle (Robert) and her family, Tish/Tae (Murice) and niece Denise Craps.

This amazing woman enjoyed bowling, reading, traveling domestically and abroad and established quite the reputation as a Champion of Bid Whist! Her family, friends, co-workers, employees and associates will remember her fondly for her many deeds and tireless support that she gave without ceasing.

Preceding her in death are her parents Fred and Pearl Mason, sisters Freddie Mae Petross, Cynthia D. Craps and Carol L. Brown.

She leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her legacy her most precious jewels; her children, Brenda (Willis) Marshall; Keith Snider; Michelle (Robert) Norfleet; Kevin (Nita) Snider; and the baby Vernita (Leavelle) Abram. Grandchildren, Christina Herring; Willis Thurman Marshall III; Vatisha Snider; Shantéa (Murice) Murphy; Brian (Yolanda) Marshall; Aaron (Lynnea) Marshall; Taylor Snider; Venice Reacco; Gabriel Snider. Twelve Great-grandchildren and one Great-Great granddaughter. Siblings, Joyce Ward-McGee; Perry Mason; Veda (Robert) Thomas; Joni (Hope) Mason. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. Her Goddaughter, Onetta Williams and the Williams Family.