Tina Lee Snyder, 51, of Eldon, IA passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, IA. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Living Hope Bible Church in Eldon, IA with Pastor Mark Clark officiating. Burial will be held in the Eldon Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will begin at noon on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the Cranston Family Funeral Home in Eldon, IA with the family present to greet friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The family strongly request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Tina’s honor be directed to the Eldon Public Library or to the family to be used for her grandchildren’s college education. Contributions may be mailed c/o Cranston Family Funeral Home, P.O. Box 10, Eldon, IA 52554. Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.cranstonfamilyfuneralhome.com.
Tina Lee Snyder was born April 30, 1968 in Ottumwa, IA to Tom and Sharon Henrichs Hemm. She grew up in Eldon and attended Cardinal High School where she graduated with the class of 1986. Upon graduation she attended Indian Hills Community College where she obtained her degree in Business Accounting. She immediately put her degree to work as business manager at Airgas and later Tenco. During this time, she married the love of her life, Eric Snyder. They began their journey together as husband and wife in Las Vegas in 1997. From this point forward they were always by each other’s side. Tina worked as business manager for the Cardinal Community School District and the Ottumwa AEA while doing the books for Snyder Construction. Tina and Eric also worked together as owners of the Red Rooster for several years. Tina was always busy. She loved spending time outdoors whether it was mowing, mushroom hunting, feeding the birds, caring for flowers, or taking a ride to check her cows. When she had to stay inside she always enjoyed reading a good book. She loved all animals, and spent a short time raising German Shorthairs and Chinchillas before starting River Ridge Mini Herefords in 2007. As the business grew, so did the time with family and friends traveling and prepping for the shows. They began showing at the State Fair in 2008 and have been there every year since, as well as traveling to shows in Denver, Louisville, Ohio, and Kansas City. She always took time to share her love of the animals and her knowledge of showmanship with the younger generations. In the winter Tina and Eric would travel south to warmer weather in Texas but were always glad to come home to family and friends. Tina was the glue that held things together and the “go to” when you needed something. She always made sure to have it written down on a post-it notes to help keep things straight. She enjoyed bowling and “Beer and Trash Night” with friends. The kindness and love that Tina had for people casted a wide net that extended well beyond blood relatives to the many friends she considered family. She had a deep love for those close to her, especially her grandchildren. She created an environment where all were welcome, and she leaves behind a legacy of family and friends that will proudly share her story.
Tina was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Sharon Hemm.
Left to share her story is her loving husband, Eric Snyder of Eldon, IA; a son, Nick (Stefany) Snyder of Eldon, IA; two grandchildren, Maxley and Calvin Snyder; one brother, Ron (Kim) Hemm of Washington, IA; her close friends, Mary Nell Northup, Paula (Jack) Carter, Heidi (Kenny) Kildow, Dawn (Craig) Brown, Heather (Jon) Behrle, as well as many friends that she considered family and were a part of Team Tina.
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