Naomi Helen Munday Snyder was born to Helen and Charlie Munday on February 14, 1936, in Bryan, Texas. She grew up surrounded by two older brothers and a younger sister, and by multiple generations of extended family.
Naomi graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in 1954. Fortunately for her, the Korean war brought a young Air Force sergeant to Bryan AFB. James Snyder spotted her on the front row at church, wearing a stylish hat, and he set his cap for her. Naomi and Jim were married June 18, 1954, in Central Church of Christ. They started a family and moved to Fort Worth, where in 1965 she earned her bachelor’s in education from North Texas State University and began her teaching career at Worth Heights Elementary.
Her children relied on her to doctor injured pets, or rescue a kitten from the school playground and nurse it back to health.She could bake a chocolate or a coconut cream pie that was the envy of everyone she knew. She even delivered a neighbor’s baby in their kitchen, and kept everyone calm until the ambulance arrived. They were active members of Rosemont Church of Christ and Christ’s Haven Children’s Home in Keller, until a ministry opportunity took them and their family to Medina Children’s Home, then Bandera, Texas, where they were employed in the Bandera ISD. In 1986 Naomi earned her Masters in Education from Texas Wesleyan, and continued teaching in Bandera, then in Ingram, Texas. After retiring they moved to South Fork, Colorado.
Always an avid and gifted seamstress, Naomi’s true talent showed when she developed a passion for quilting. She was a charter member of the Silver Threads Quilt Guild, serving in several capacities, including Treasurer and as President. Her family and many friends have been blessed by her beautiful quilts and table toppers. In 2014 they came full circle, moving back to Fort Worth to be closer to family. Jim and Naomi were inseparable partners for 69 years.
Naomi had a gift for nursing sick plants back to life, and she enjoyed gardening. She loved having bird feeders in her yard, so that she could watch birds, especially hummingbirds, from her dining window. Naomi loved her Lord, and loved working in His church. She was involved in as many ministry activities as she could manage, and she kept up with the health and welfare of every member.
Best of all she loved her family. Nothing made her happier than to be surrounded by her children and their families. Naomi passed from this life on September 6, 2023, at the age of 87. She is survived by her husband Jim; a daughter, Susie Snyder Steeves and son-in-law Guy; a son, Corwin Snyder and daughter-in-law Patty; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and beloved nieces and a nephew.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Charles Munday and Richard Munday; and her younger sister, Carolyn Munday Hensarling, all from Bryan.