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SNYDER, Judith (Judy) Gail

February 24, 1948 – Didsbury, Alberta
April 12, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Judy Snyder, beloved wife of Jay Mark Godfrey, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2018 at the age of 70 years, after a courageous struggle with ALS. Judy graduated from the University of Calgary as a teacher specializing in music and french. She taught in the Calgary area for over 40 years, first in Springbank and then with the Calgary Board of Education. She is fondly remembered by many former students who participated in her epic elementary school musicals. Judy continued to be involved in music and musicals till her passing, having co-founded and performed with the chorale group, Twelve to the Bar, and with the choir, One Accord. Judy was a voracious reader, a consummate rose gardener and energetic worldwide travelling partner of Jay. She is greatly missed.

Judy is survived by, Jay, her husband of 42 years, her sister Barbara and spouse John Hinger of Crossfield, AB, her brother Gordon and spouse Mona Snyder of Crossfield, AB and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins living in Alberta.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Judy Snyder, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Cathy Rivard :

    I will always remember my Twelve to the Bar “Sister” Judy. I stood on her left for many happy years and she never minded when I leaned in to get the proper alto note. The May long weekends camping in Radium and Panorama ski trips were always full of songs, laughter and great potlucks with recipes shared from Best of Bridge. This past year I have enjoyed visiting with Judy on Fridays and singing some of our favourite TTTB tunes.
    Thank you Judy for always being there to give me the right note. I will miss you dearly.
    Love
    Cathy

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  2. Myrna Miller :

    Myrna Miller
    As one of the Rundle Girls I will miss those long dinners with much laughter and reminiscing . Judy directed the best elementary school musicals at Rundle Elementary. The May long weekends at Edgewater were a great time for me to have a visit with my former teaching colleague.
    I will miss you.
    Myrna

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  3. Bonnie Normoyle (Cameron) :

    Dearest Jay, Barb and Gord, My deepest sympathies on the loss of dear Judy! Although as we grew up with very limited access to our mother’s side of the family there are memories I hold close to my heart! I remember the fun we had while visiting Donna and Duane when they lived at the Crossing. Barb, Judy and Gord had come to visit and Bev and I were already there and staying for a few weeks. The water fights we had and later that night after going to bed on the floor of Duane’s den in our sleeping bags and hearing Judy screaming because something had jumped on her..well turn on the light and it was Duane’s moccasins that had fallen off the wall onto Judy. I laughed so hard I almost wet myself!! I hope the memories that you have of her will in time bring you all some comfort and I hope when you think about her after all the tears you can smile! Love you all!

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  4. Peter Morgan :

    I write on behalf of the Calgary Board Of Education Retired Employees’ Association to offer condolences to Judy’s family , and especially to Jay.Many of us in the Walking Group remember Judy with great fondness . Indeed, it does not seem that long ago that she was leading us on some of our hikes.
    Peter Morgan

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  5. Adrian and Judy Montes :

    Please accept our sincere condolences. Judy was an integral part of our Altos in One Accord. May she rest in peace

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  6. Laurie Harris :

    My condolences to Jay and also to Judy’s family. I taught with Judy at Simons Valley and for a few of our retired years sorted books at the annual sale at the Crossroads Market. She was always easy to talk to especially about books and travelling. Thinking of you at this time of loss.

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  7. Condolences to Judy’s family. She was one of the first people I met when I joined the hikers/ walking group of the REA. We had many lovely conversations about retirement, teaching and all the activities she was involved in. See you on the trails when we meet again Judy.

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  8. I had a great trip to Edmonton with One Accord visiting with Judy on the way. She enjoyed singing and was an integral part of the choir. I also had time with her at Curves- she exercised as long as she could.
    She will be missed.

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  9. What a tragic journey this has been, for Judy, for Jay, for Barb and other family, and for friends like myself. I am so filled with sympathy and sadness for all of us. Judy and I have never lost touch since our friendship began in grade 2 at Crossfield. There are so many memories, and I feel like a part of my history has died with Judy. I am so very sad.

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  10. Sue Leuchter :

    I first met Judy shortly after moving to Calgary, when we both joined Mount Royal Singers. We quickly learned that we lived a few doors from each other, and after performing a folk set with a small group of co-singers, we took the first steps in forming Twelve to the Bar. That was the start of our friendship of 40 years, which included skiing, fund raising for the Heart Foundation, walking, sharing the ups and downs of each other’s lives and of course many, many hours rehearsing and performing. Judy was a consummate teacher, and when she was picking me up or we were driving together somewhere, I knew never to be late. Judy once told me that she didn’t quite understand what people meant when they said they were stressed, as she had never had that feeling. In that vein, she remained a steadying influence for me throughout our friendship, and she seemed to carry her matter of fact approach to life through her challenging illness. The times I saw her she had a smile on her face and delighted in the music we shared. I will especially miss our recent Victoria visits, where we caught up on our lives in a mere two hour lunch, but those two hours meant so much. Thanks for a very special friendship Judy. I will miss you.

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  11. So sorry for you and your family’s loss. I remember Judy’s smile and laughter at Simons Valley School!! She was such a great music teacher. I will always remember when Jan Arden came to give us a live concert because Judy was her teacher whom she was inspired by! She will be missed!
    Iris Ley

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  12. Krista Moriarity :

    Judy’s bright smile and energetic positive energy will be remembered. She was so enthusiastic in her teaching practice. I remember her as a valued teaching colleague of mine at Simons Valley Elementary. I’m sorry for your loss.

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