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ELAINE GARNET SNYDERS was born on January 7, 1941 to Charles and Garnet (Hetrick) Cragoe in Luverne, Minnesota and raised on the family farm northwest of Magnolia, Minnesota. She attended Magnolia High School and was a part of band, serving as the majorette. She graduated in 1959 and then attended beauty school in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She traveled to California and worked in a beauty shop for her aunt. Elaine was married December 29, 1961 to Gary Mark at the First Presbyterian Church in Luverne. The couple was blessed with two sons. Elaine and Gary later divorced. On August 14, 1976, Elaine married Dennis Snyders in Larchwood, Iowa. They raised their family of now five children in Luverne. Elaine was employed by the Luverne School District for a number of years and worked as a library assistant. She later worked at the Sanford Luverne Hospital in the kitchen. In 2017, she moved to the Oaks Apartments in Luverne. A short time later she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and transitioned to the Good Samaritan Society – Prairie Creek in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Elaine died there peacefully under hospice care on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at the age of 81 years, four months and 19 days.
Elaine attended St. Catherine Catholic Church in Luverne. She was a devoted Elvis Presley fan and even traveled to Graceland. She loved her dog, Bella, and enjoyed spending time with friends while camping at Lake Shetek.
Elaine is survived by her two sons, Duane (Phyllis) Mark of California and Scott (Michelle) Mark of Luverne; step-children, Bradley (Michele) Snyders of Sioux Falls, Brenda (Tim) Welbig of Sioux Falls, and Bridget (Ken) Rist of Brandon South Dakota; daughter, Rhonda (Howard) Farrell of Florissant, Colorado; siblings, Eugene (Colleen) Cragoe of Luverne and John (Patsy) Cragoe of Luverne; and sister-in-law, Doris Cragoe of Hastings, Minnesota; and other family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Snyders; parents, Charles and Garnet Cragoe; and brother, Charles Cragoe.
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
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