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Barbara Norton Snell

November 26, 1938 — September 5, 2023


Barbara Norton Snell, a beloved member of the community, passed away on September 5, 2023, in Meridian, Idaho. She was born on November 26, 1938, in Scottsbluff, Nebraska to Carl E. Norton and Lula Pauline Hill Norton.

Barbara graduated from Scottsbluff High School and further pursued her academic aspirations by attending Baylor University and Colorado State University. 

Barbara was a woman of many talents and had a diverse career path throughout her life. She began her professional journey by serving the Hillview United Methodist Church as the office administrator for many years. Later on, she transitioned into corporate job settings and worked for Morrison Knudson, Micron, and Albertsons.

Barbara married Gordon E. Snell in 1959 and was a loving wife for 46 years until his passing. Together they created a warm and nurturing home where their children could flourish. 

Beyond her professional achievements, Barbara had a rich tapestry of hobbies and interests that brought her immense joy. She loved sewing, creating dishes in the kitchen, singing with the church choir, traveling, and, most importantly, passionately cheering on her children and grandchildren during their various activities.

Throughout her journey, Barbara found fulfillment in actively participating in various organizations that touched the lives of those around her. She was a dedicated member of the Methodist Church and drew strength from her faith in times of joy and sorrow. Additionally, she made a significant impact as a volunteer leader in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Job's Daughters.

Barbara's warm presence will be deeply missed by her friends and family members. She is survived by Sheridan Lisk of Meridian; LeeAnn Snell-Burke, her daughter, and husband Gary Burke of Mansfield, Texas, and their children Tyron and Trace; Blair Snell, her son, of Meridian Idaho, and his children Blair K., Leeana, and Monique; Julie Ann Snell-Allen, her daughter of Grapevine Texas, and her children CarleeAnn and Chase; as well as Betty Garrett, her twin sister of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son-in-law, Elan A. Allen.

Barbara's life was one that emphasized genuine relationships. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering support for those around her. Her memory will forever inspire us to embrace life's challenges with grace and to cherish the relationships we hold dear.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family kindly requests donations be made to First Presbyterian Church of Homedale, PO Box 577, Homedale, ID 83628.

A service to celebrate her life will take place at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel.

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