Ilene Wimberley Snyder, 65, died peacefully on July 25, 2012 at her Oak Park home with her husband of over 36 years at her side. Born on Aug. 17, 1946 in Monroe, La. to CV and Doris Wimberley, she grew up in West Monroe, La. She attended Louisiana College and worked in social services and counseling jobs in Lake Providence and Pineville, La. for several years. After earning a Master of Elementary Education degree from the University of South Carolina in 1974, she taught fourth grade at Ft. Jackson Elementary School in Columbia, S.C. and in Tampa, Fla.
Moving to Oak Park in 1983, she became a stay-at-home Mom and devoted her life to family, church, and friends. Her contributions to First Baptist Church of Oak Park were considerable, and she served in numerous capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher, deacon, member of the Board of Christian Education, Mom's Bible Study, and offering counter.
Mrs. Snyder managed the household during two extended overseas stints in the United Kingdom and in India. She was a strong supporter of the Bible Study Fellowship International (BSF) organization in India and at home in the U.S. She was a kind, caring lady with a cheerful disposition who served others throughout her life and will be missed by her family and friends.
Ilene Snyder is survived by her husband, Gregory L. Snyder; her daughters, Lee Johannah Cross (Andrew) and Caroline Amelda Snyder; her siblings, Betty Gaye Sullivan (Glenn) and Dale Wimberley (Cynthia); her sisters-in-law, Sandy Wimberley and Pamela Snyder Johnson; and her nieces and nephews, Rachel, Christopher, Cole, Eric, Becki, and Cara. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ronald C. Wimberley.
Visitation was held at Drechsler, Brown & Williams in Oak Park and funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harry L. Parker at First Baptist Church of Oak Park. Burial was conducted by Rev. Greg Green at New Chapel Hill Baptist Church, West Monroe, La.