OBITUARY

Margaret Elizabeth Snider

May 9, 1926July 28, 2021
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SNIDER, Margaret Elizabeth (nee White) - With great sadness and yet great joy, the family of Margaret share her peaceful home going surrounded by loving cousins on July 28, 2021 in her 96th year, at the Sault Area Hospital.

Loving wife of the late James (Jim) Snider for 42 years. Daughter of the late John and Ethel White. Predeceased by her infant brother, Stuart Andrew. Sadly missed by a large extended family that both Margaret and Jim had fostered close friendships with.

Margaret was raised on a farm in Johnson Township 4 miles west of Bruce Mines. She attended the old Red School just across the highway. After graduating from Grade 8 in 1939, she attended Bruce Mines Secondary School, often biking the whole distance. In Grade 13, she along with 2 friends completed her high school education at Sault Collegiate. After North Bay Teachers college, she would return to teach in Tarentorus and the Sault for 28 years. Marriage to Jim in 1969 would be culminated by the happy couple building a new home in the Sault. The purchase of Pine Peek farm in Jocelyn Township in 1979 brought a new adventure to them; old time country living together with community involvement for 28 years. A new century would see this popular couple “retire” to city living again.

Margaret attained a new standard of excellence in the education area, serving as speech consultant in the early 60’s. In 1971 the speech correction, remedial reading and learning disabilities services were combined, with Margaret being assigned three schools. Her retirement passion was researching her family history and she was the driving force in the planning of the Thompson, White, Pinnell and Young reunions.

Special thanks to the staff at Pathways Retirement Home for their care and compassion over the last 10 years. Thank you to the staff of Birch Lane 3 at the F.J. Davey Home for their care over the last month. Also thank you to the staff in Emergency and 3B at the Sault Area Hospital, especially nurses Andrew, Brandon and Stephanie for their care and professionalism.

Friends are invited to visit with family at Arthur Funeral Home - Barton & Kiteley Chapel (492 Wellington St. E. 705-759-2522) on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 from 6 pm to 9 pm and on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 from 11 am to 12:45 pm. Funeral service to follow in the chapel at 1 pm. Rev. Faye Stevens officiating. Interment Mountain Maple Grove Cemetery. Friends are invited to view the service online starting at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 and can be viewed anytime up to 90 days. Go to www.funeraweb.tv and select Margaret's name to view the service. Memorial contributions to the Children's Library of Richards Landing or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated. Please visit www.arthurfuneralhome.com to leave a message of condolence or a memory as a keepsake for Margaret's family.

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Services

  • Visitatation

    Tuesday, August 3, 2021

  • Visitatation

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

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Laurie Thompson Kokkinen

August 13, 2021

We are the privileged family who lives at Marg and Jim's Pine Peek Farm on St. Joseph Island. We live in the house where my siblings and I as youngsters played games and ate date filled oatmeal cookies that Marg had baked. I remember picking apples as a child with Marg and Jim and then pressing them into cider. Each fall we now pick apples from the same trees and make cider with our own young children. We think of Marg and Jim often as we are working on projects around the property as they once did. We recently replaced a roof on a shed and under the shingles there was a note from Jim on November 7, 1994, “No snow yet. Re-shingled after 25 years. Rec (Jocelyn Recreation Committee which Marg was actively involved in) girls put on Hunters Supper at old twp. Hall, fed 160 plates.” My children were born after Jim passed away but to them Marg was “Grandma Marg” and they loved when family brought her here to visit or we visited in the Sault. We talk about Grandma Marg and cherish our memories of her as we grow fruit and vegetables in her garden, as we put up food for winter in her old canning jars, as we make maple syrup from the same trees, and as we prepare our daily meals in the same kitchen she once baked those delicious date filled oatmeal cookies. We’ll miss you but you will forever be in our memories.
Laurie, Jari, Norman and Ida Kokkinen

From Norman (age 6) – “I loved her and she was one of my most favourite people. I liked when she came to visit at my house and I could show her my very own vegetable garden.”

From Ida (age 4) – “I had a good time with Grandma Marg. I liked when she got toys out when we went to visit her and she read us books.”

Roy & Sharon Taylor

August 7, 2021

We always enjoyed our visits with Aunt Marg & Uncle Jim. She was always so interesting to talk to. Roy remembers helping Uncle Jim put the roof on their new house in the Soo and I remember staying at their new house in the Soo. Aunt Marg was always so full of life and so much fun to be around. She will be missed.

Susan Muise

August 6, 2021

Marg and Jim lived down the road from our family on St. Joseph Island. They were the most lovely people. Halloween is always tricky in a remote area. Marg used to come to our door on Halloween with a plated selection of homemade treats for each of our three children. I will never forget her kindness and hospitality.

Keith Dow

August 4, 2021

So thankful for Auntie Marg and Uncle Jim. I don't believe I've met kinder, more generous people in the course of my life and I doubt I will again. The unique combination of the natural world, delicious meals, woodworking and music, and invested conversation from Marg and Jim was transformative for me as a child. They single-handedly turned St. Joseph Island from just another place into "home" for us, and every Christmas was made so much more special with their involvement. They leave me much to aspire to, and a wonderful example for so many of us to follow.

John Humphreys

August 3, 2021

Remembering a Great Aunt Margaret

It is with joy at this time I, John, Corrine, Andrew, David and Paul Humphreys can reflect on the many times we spent with Jim and Marg. More so after Ruth’s passing and these two GREAT persons helped to step in and help to spend many weeks in having the Humphreys gang visit.
Not only did Uncle Jim have the guys out in the work shed but out and around the countryside. Aunt Marg had a profound and lasting nature in my family. She utilized her years of teacher education in ways that have lasted Corrine, Andrew, David and Paul lives to this day.
There have been quite a number of times that reflects back on their learning times with their Aunt Marg. The little tricks and jokes they played on each other. Learning was another with some simple lessons or projects. Aunt Marg came up with learning project sessions that still to this day are still used and are apricated.
Boy could Aunt Marg whipped up some simple tasting meals. Her fresh buns right out of the oven were the best along with her pies. Kraft dinner was made up just as it should but some how it was the best. David and paul still say no one can make it the way Aunt Marg did.
I could go on and fill several pages with having Corrine, Andrew, David and Paul dreaming back to all their GREAT days with both Uncle Jim and Aunt Marg as all of you can relate to.
We will always Aunt Marg and the visits with them. You will be in our thoughts today and memories.
John, Corrine, Andrew, David and Paul Humphreys.

Samuel Findlay

August 3, 2021

Jim and Marg, the two made one,
Inseparable in thought and fun.

Favourite Aunt and Uncle too,
From down the Line, to Pine Peek view.

A visit, a present, or even a call,
Her voice was a thrill to one and all.

Aunt Marg always gave you more than her best,
Whether the call came from East or from West.

- Samuel Findlay, son of Edith, Jim's older sister (2021)

Victoria Pensa

August 3, 2021

I don’t think I have ever met a warmer, kinder and more loving individual. Marg made everyone she encountered feel special. I recall the first time I met Marg before I formally joined the Stewart clan. She welcomed me to the family and shared so many wonderful memories she had of the family from throughout her life. She showed me photos and memorabilia in her home and told me lovely stories. Marg was a gifted story teller. Her voice was soft and soothing and she would giggle and draw you in further. She had such a way of engaging everyone but I think she especially had a way of connecting with children. Our own daughter loved visiting Marg and Jim at Pine Peek. There was so much for her to enjoy and lots to explore. Living joyfully and in full appreciation was how Marg lived. We will miss you Marg.

Ernest Dow

August 1, 2021

"Uncle Jim & Auntie Marg" were major positive factors in our family's life ever since they "adopted" us (sort of) on St. Joseph Island. Wonderful couple, very loving, will be truly missed!

Karen Thompson

August 1, 2021

The world lost a beautiful soul this week. Marg was truly a special lady. She was one of the kindest, most generous, and loving people I have had the pleasure of knowing. Marg and Jim's longtime friendship is something I will cherish forever. I liked calling Marg my third Grandma because she was like family to me. Marg was always caring, uplifting, and ready for a good laugh. I will fondly remember her delicious baked goods, tea time visits, and making arts & crafts with her for the fall fair. The little notes left in the mailbox, extra special Halloween treat plates every year, and cozy handknit slippers at the door when we came to visit, will be memories that stay with me. Visits with Marg and Jim were always longer than anticipated. You'd plan to stop by for just an hour and wind up staying four or five! Even into her 90's, Marg was still so keen to hear about my life's many new adventures, especially with teaching. She was a teacher herself, so she enjoyed hearing about my students and classes. I wish my son Trent could have met Marg. It's been a hard year and half being away from friends and family. I find comfort in knowing that she is looking down from heaven with her beautiful smile. May you rest in peace with Jim by your side. I love you both so very much! ♥️

Victoria Parr

August 1, 2021

I loved Marg as a mother. She was definitely one of the best human beings and friend in the world. I will miss you terribly RIP I remember many things but one in particular is how happy she was was when me and Santa would come xmas eve and she would get her pic taken. How she loved to visit my home and reminisc....and i will never forget her bed being covered with pic she was organizing. Will love you always and forever till we meet again....Vicky Parr

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John and Ethel welcome baby Margaret

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Snowshoeing at the cottage on Island Lake

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Miss White

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