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In Memory of

Gertrude Snell

February 27, 1943 - August 28, 2017

Obituary


She met and wed Dewey H. Snell, Jr. on November 25, 1961 in Irvington, New Jersey. Their union of love and commitment produced 3 daughters. Having a family brought new challenges and opportunities, despite the challenges Gertrude leaned on her unwavering faith. She began working for New Jersey Bell in 1961 as an Information Operator. She went on to work for the U.S. Post Office for 16 years, and later for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In 1970, she attended Rutgers University in Newark, NJ where she studied Secretarial Science. Later in 1976 she attended...

She met and wed Dewey H. Snell, Jr. on November 25, 1961 in Irvington, New Jersey. Their union of love and commitment produced 3 daughters. Having a family brought new challenges and opportunities, despite the challenges Gertrude leaned on her unwavering faith. She began working for New Jersey Bell in 1961 as an Information Operator. She went on to work for the U.S. Post Office for 16 years, and later for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). In 1970, she attended Rutgers University in Newark, NJ where she studied Secretarial Science. Later in 1976 she attended the Federal Trade Center in Norman, OK where she received her Certificate in Supervisory and Management. Gertrude continued to seek opportunities to learn, most recently she received her Certificate in Computer Courses from Atlanta Technical College in Atlanta, GA.
Gertrude retired from the United States Postal Service. She worked as a private duty nurse for the Schnieder family of Califon, NJ until 1996 when she retired from nursing and moved to Georgia. Upon relocating, Gertrude decided she wanted to be amongst people. She returned to the workforce as security for TSA serving Delta Airlines.
Throughout her life, she was a devout missionary and later was ordained as an Elder by both the Church of God in Christ, Georgia General Fellowship, and the Body of Christ Ministries International. She served for many years until her untimely death. Gertrude was held in very high regards throughout her community and even served as the president of the Missionary Board.
To know Gertrude was to walk away with a story, whether it was a first time meeting you or numerous encounters. She enjoyed fashion and all it had to offer. She was known for her exquisite taste in clothing. She was known to rip the runway in whatever setting she found herself. She enjoyed gifting people clothing and accessories. She took great pride in seeing others happy. It was her mission to help all those who crossed her path.
In her retirement, she picked up the art of pottery and created a small collection of exquisite pieces. She was exceptionally a natural when working with this medium of art. She enjoyed vacationing with family and friends seeing the sights. She spearheaded Mother Snell's Kitchen, a ministry which fed the less fortunate and homeless. She was affectionately known as Mother Snell and led many to Christ. She was always available for everyone, no matter the time of day or night.
When the sun rose on Monday, August 28, 2017, Gertrude was relieved of her earthly duties, making her transition to her heavenly estate.
She leaves to cherish her everlasting memory: wife of an Admiral, Gayle Snell-Baek (David) of Canyon Country, CA, Elder Lucia Snell of Wayne, MI and Minister Claudia Montfort (Elger) of Ellenwood, GA. In following Gertrude's traditions of faith and family, she would want a special acknowledgement to the ten siblings of her girls: Bridget Massey (Maurice) of Albany, NY, Felicia Campbell (Rodrick) of Detroit, MI, Dewey Snell, III of Dothan, AL, Myron Snell (Yonecia) of Detroit, MI, Monique Murphy of Albany, NY, Eric Snell, Jamal Snell, Mary Snell all of Detroit, MI, Ashley Snell of Houston, TX, and Jason Snell of Detroit, MI
She also leaves to cherish her memory three siblings: Marilyn Billings (Samuel) of Williamsburg, VA of whom she passes on the torch to be the new Matriarch of the family, Bishop Roland Spence, Sr., D.Min. (Marcia) of Bloomfield, NJ and Grace Sounders (Howard) of Scotch Plains, NJ; Brother-in-laws Deacon Luther Rhodes of Crawfordville, GA and Annis Earl Snell of Ozark, AL and Sister-in-laws Doreen Thornton (David) of Lakeview, AL, and Cora Jean Sydnor (Darrell) of Fischers, AL.
She leaves Seven grandchildren Seymara Smith (Marcus) of Decatur, GA, Darniecia Jones (Malcolm) of Detroit, MI, Triayre Owens of Canyon Country, CA, Nettie Montfort of Decatur, GA, La'Tache Johnson ( Marquail) of Chicago, IL, April Montfort of Ellenwood, GA, Brittany Snell of Woodland Hills, CA; thirteen great-grandchildren, a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, god-children including:, Karen Brandee "KB" (Donald) Williams, William (Rain) Smith and sister friend, Ms. Doris Latham.