Virginia L. Snell

Sept. 30, 1933 -Sept. 12, 2019

    Virginia “Ginny” Louise Snell, 85, of Lawton, passed away Sept. 12, 2019, at White Oaks Assisted Living, Lawton. She was born Sept. 30, 1933, in Quincy Township, MI,     the daughter of the late Judge Frederick Joseph Renshaw and Gladys Neta (Moore) Renshaw.
    Ginny graduated as Valedictorian from Coldwater High School in 1951. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College in 1955, graduating Suma Cum Laude, and Michigan State University in 1956, earning her Masters of Arts degree.
    She was employed by Albion College as Instructor of Home Economics from 1956-1959. In 1957, while working as the head cook for Camp Wakeshma, St. Joseph County, MI, Ginny met Fred Snell. As  family legend holds, he fell in love with her because of the delicious brownies she baked. Ginny also worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for Southwest Michigan Library Cooperative for 14 years, in Paw Paw. She was a member of the AAUW for more than 40 years, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Paw Paw Library Board for 17 years and a longtime member of the Paw Paw United Methodist Church,  where she was active in the women's groups. Ginny enjoyed knitting, crafts and reading.
    On March 30, 1958, in Coldwater, MI, she was united in marriage to Frederick Alan Snell, who survives.
    She is also survived by her daughter, Sally (Steve) McLeod of Ely, NV; two sons, Frederick Joseph Snell of Athens, OH, Tom (Bonnie) Snell of Paw Paw; four grandchildren, Matthew, Nathaniel, Kierstyn and Zachary Snell; two sisters, Carol Graske of Spring Lake, MI and Nancy Renshaw of Battle Creek, MI.
    Virginia was preceded in death by her sister, Rosemary Davidson; and her brother, David Renshaw.
    Cremation has taken place. The family will receive friends Monday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. at  Adams Funeral Home, 502 West Michigan Ave., Paw Paw. A celebration of life will follow at 7  p.m. with Pastor Steven Green officiating. Interment will take place at Riverside Cemetery,  Three Rivers, MI, at a later date.
    On Nov. 30, there will be a gathering from 11 a.m.  to 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 26 Marshall St., Coldwater, MI.
    Memorial contributions may be made to the Paw Paw United Methodist Church or the charity of the donor’s choice.


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