May 7, 1921 ~ March 30, 2019

Born in: Santa Rosa County, FL
Resided in: South Toe Community, NC

Eloise Shell Snyder, 97, of South Toe Community, passed peacefully on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at Spruce Pine Hospital surrounded by her loving caregivers and her daughter.

Eloise was a native of Santa Rosa County, FL. She was the youngest of four children of pioneer farming parents, the late Jesse Leroy & Jessie Mae Shell. Eloise was also preceded in death by her two sisters, her brother, and her husband, Clyde L. Snyder.

Eloise thoroughly enjoyed welcoming people to her little Barn on the South Toe River and made everyone feel like they were family. Eloise was also a beloved “second mom” to so many. Eloise loved flowers, animals, birds and insects of all kinds. She began downhill snow skiing at age 50 and begrudgingly had to retire her skis at age 90! Other hobbies included doing crossword puzzles, playing scrabble and various card games in addition to breeding her beloved Yorkshire & Jack Russell Terriers.

Eloise is survived by two children: son, Jeff Snyder and wife Pam, of Vail, CO, and daughter, Becky Gray and husband Richard Kennedy, of the South Toe Community. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Katelin Kennedy, and Ian Kennedy and wife Julie.

A Celebration of Eloise’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church, in West Asheville, NC, officiated by the Rev. Tom Cox. Inurnment of her ashes will take place with her husband at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Asheville.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Yancey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hospice of Yancey, 856 Georges Fork Rd, Burnsville, NC 28714.


Celebration of Life: May 11, 2019 11:00 am

Malvern Hills Presbyterian Church
Bear Creek Road
Asheville, NC 28806


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. Profound sadness losing Eloise, my Second Mama. She was such a Godsend to our entire family, treating each of us like Kings and Queens. Loving Dad, Mother, Marvin, Jack, and my new love. She and Marvin would banter back and forth like siblings. Eloise showed us true Southern Hospitality, flinging wide open her doors to each home in Asheville, The Cottage, The Rapids, and The Barn to each of us. Mother loved her gleeful jaunts with Eloise. How I miss her!

  2. I loved my Aunt Eloise! She lived life in such a way that she made everyone around her happy! She was the ultimate hostess! She planned activities and was the mastermind behind where everyone would sleep, what we would eat, where we would go, and always wanted the WHOLE family there with her! She was the reason for some of my greatest memories growing up! She was the one who always carried all of us cousins to the beach when she would come down from N.C. She invited all the cousins to go on a trip she planned for Becky and friends to the World’s Fair in NYC in 1964. I saw the Statue of Liberty, the Rockettes, a Broadway play, and went to the top of the Empire State Building because of this trip! I could go on and on, but she knew I loved her and I knew she loved me! Love to my dear cousins!!

  3. Today would have been another birthday for Eloise. She was dearly beloved and fondly remembered by her church family here at Malvern Hills Presbyterian. May the God of all comfort show Himself to the family at this time.

  4. We have been making trips to The River House for 20 years, first taking our kids there for summer visits, later going for the opening of trout season, visits with Eloise were always part of the experience, we will miss her laugh, her stories and her zest for life.

  5. I have been a guest of Eloise for the last 3 years when trout fishing. Last year on Sunday I skipped fishing and spent an hour talking to Eloise at her cabin. She was an absolute delight, an inspiration to me to live in the moment. I am a better person for having known her and will miss her dearly.

  6. Dearest Becky, Dick, Katelin, Ian, Julie, Jeff and Pam, my mother, Luellen Shell Cooley, and I would like to offer our condolences to all of Eloise’s family and friends. We loved her dearly and will always cherish our fond memories of times spent with her. She was one amazing woman and I am a better person for having known her. Praying the God of all comfort will give you peace during this time of grief. We love you all🙏💓🙏

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