Mary Kathleen Snook
Mary Kathleen (Evans) Snook
July 10, 1938-March 25, 2018
“Our lives are like quilts – bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love.” Mary K Snook, one of Des Moines’ most prolific and generous quilters had to leave the Earthly realm on March 25. 2018. She spent her last days surrounded by family, directing the disposition of her unfinished projects and making sure the craft she learned from her mother and grandmother is carried forward into the next generations. Mary spent decades creating beautiful quilts and giving them to virtually everyone she knew, and many people she didn’t know. She created countless cross stitch projects including customized Christmas stockings for every child and grandchild, carefully detailing their names with love and care (no matter how long or challenging the spelling). What people may not know about Mary is that she was the baby of her family, born in Des Moines on July 10, 1938 and is preceded in death by her 4 siblings. She graduated from North High School and married Del Snook after they met on a blind date at George the Chili King when they were both 18 years old. They celebrated 60 years of marriage last May 25th. Mary worked from the time she graduated until she retired at age 62; most of her professional life was at The Bankers Life/Principal Financial Agency Office where she held numerous positions. Mary always said she would have become a meteorologist had she had the opportunity to go to college; she was her family’s personal weather forecaster, keeping everyone apprised of upcoming weather events. Now we will be on our own. With her husband Del, she raised 2 children, Stephen (m. Eileen) and Sandra. Mary did have it all. She worked full time yet always had dinner with her children, teaching them by example the values of family, education and work. She made sure her children were able to get the college education she wasn’t able to pursue; both grew up to excel in their educations and careers, attaining the first college and graduate degrees in their family. They have gone on to give Mary 9 grandchildren (Michael, Nicole, Ngiste, Henock, Roberto, Mekdes, Amha, Selam, Sara). Mary’s only regret was that she left this world still wanting to create more beauty. She asked that people wishing to honor her donate in her name to either Quilts of Valor (qovf.org) an organization that provides quilts to veterans, or Everybody Wins! A local school literacy and mentoring program (https://everybodywinsiowa.org). Mary’s final resting place will be at Chapel Hill Cemetery in Des Moines IA and a celebration of her life will be planned at a later date. May all who knew Mary be comforted in the folds of the quilt she gave them. “Photo credit to Nicole Young of Des Moines, Iowa.”
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