Mildred Snider died May 21, 2008 in
Tulsa. She was born in Boynton, Oklahoma on May 29, 1923 to Kirk and Grace
(Hutchinson) Lawhead and moved to Okmulgee at a young age, when her dad joined
the Okmulgee Police Department. Mildred graduated from Okmulgee High School but
not before meeting the love of her life. She married Lloyd Snider on July 5,
1941, following a three-year courtship. Their love affair spanned seventy years.
On her deathbed she told him if she could live her entire life over again, it
would only be to spend it with him. During World War II while Lloyd served his
country in the Army Air Corp, Mildred moved to Seattle and worked at Boeing
aircraft, a job now known as "Rosie the Riveter". As the war came to an end both
resumed their residence in Okmulgee.
Mildred is survived by her husband of 67 years, Lloyd Snider
of the home, her daughter, Victoria (Snider) Ward and son-in-law Michael S. Ward
M.D. of Tulsa and one granddaughter, Tori McKee of Tulsa. She was preceded in
death by her parents, her younger brother, Rocky and is survived by one younger
sister, Mary Lane of Muskogee. She shared a family love with multiple cousins,
nieces and nephews who refer to her with love as "Aunt Midge". Both Mildred and
Lloyd remained members of the First Baptist Church in Okmulgee.
Mildred worked at the First National Bank of Okmulgee for
over twenty years and retired in 1985. Since that time she and Lloyd have lived
in Tulsa and enjoyed their retirement. They traveled, spending time in Hawaii
and with friends, and attended Lloyd’s 58th Bomber Squadron Reunions
Mildred fought a valiant battle against cancer with grace and
dignity for over a year and continued to be courageous throughout her treatment.
She was adored by her nurses and her family would like to express a special
thank you to all those who contributed to her last years of life. Also, they
express a special gratitude for all the time and research done on her behalf by
Dr. Alan Keller of Cancer Care Associates.
In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests contributions
be made to the American Cancer Association or the American Heart Association.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at 2 PM at the
McClendon-Winters Funeral Home Chapel in Okmulgee. Dr. Dennis Taylor will
officiate. Interment will follow in the Okmulgee Cemetery. Condolences may be
made at mcclendon-winters.com.