Udell E. Snyder died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at Integris Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami following an illness. She was 88.
Born Udell (Dell) Angelita Engelbrecht on Mother's Day, May 12, 1918, in Muskogee, Okla., she was the daughter of Warren Oliven and Udell (Boen) Engelbrecht.
Following graduation from Muskogee High School in 1936 and Muskogee Junior College in 1938, she transferred to the University of Oklahoma where she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. While living in the Gamma Phi House, she tutored her fellow students to help pay for her housing. In 1940, she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in English and returned to Muskogee where she began teaching at her alma mater at a beginning salary of $50 per month.
On Dec. 21, 1941, she married the love of her life, tom Snyder. In 1946, following Tom's discharge from the Army, Dell and Tom moved to Miami where he managed several area furniture stores, ultimately purchasing two of the stores in 1960. Tom and Dell both managed the furniture business until Tom's sudden death in March of 1968. In 1969, Dell decided to sell the business and return to her first love of teaching. She taught at Will Rogers Junior High School until her retirement in 1982.
Dell was an active member of All Saints' Episcopal Church since 1952, where she served as Altar Guild Directories, Clerk of the Vestry, Sunday School Teacher and a delegate to the Triennial Convention of the Episcopal Church Women. She was a past president Chapter DR of the PEO Sisterhood, a member of Chapter AJ of the PEO Sisterhood, Friday Study Club and the Ottawa County Retired Educators.
Dell's “retirement” years were active ones as she stayed busy with church work, her family, bridge clubs, travel, watching any OU sports event or tennis match and enjoying time with her many friends.
To all who knew her, she was the consummate lady making everyone feel special who were blessed with her sweet smile, loving spirit and generous hospitality. To her family and friends, she gave unconditional love and loyalty, a legacy of strength in spirit through her deep faith in God.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, one sister, her beautiful granddaughter Tish Kamm in 1982 and her loving firstborn daughter, Kay Edwards in 1995.
Survivors include one daughter, Lee Dell Mustain and her husband Jerry, of Miami; one grandson, Ty Kamm and his fiance Heidi Holeman of Norman; two granddaughters, Lauren Mustain and her fiance Jimmy Martin of Chicago and Betina Mustain of Los Angeles, several nieces and nephews and an host of friends.
Services will be Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, at 2 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church with the Rev. Mother Susan Connell as officiant and the Rev. Deacon Kay Boman as homilist.
Burial will be in G.A.R. Cemetery under the direction of Cooper-Althouse Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Ron Whaley, Bob Heydt, Art Guerrieri, Ed Dudgeon, David Froman and Rob Kimbrough. Honorary pallbearers are Ramon Ammerman and her nephews John Engelbrecht, Tom Engelbrecht, Mike Engelbrecht and Jim Whitley.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to All Saints' Episcopal Church or Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in care of the funeral home.