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Official Obituary of

Eileen Evonne (Liljedahl) Snider

June 17, 1940 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Eileen Snider Obituary

Eileen Evonne Snider, was born on June 17th, 1940, in Worth County Iowa, the daughter of John & Olga (Groe) Liljedahl of Northwood, Iowa and resided in St. Francis County, Arkansas until her death on February 23, 2024. She was 100% Norwegian.

Eileen started her grade school education in a one room, one teacher, country school house two miles north of their farm home. After graduating from 8th grade, she completed her high school education at Northwood, Iowa in 1958. Her parents sent her to Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa where she graduated with a teaching certificate. These certificates were renewable each year by taking college credit courses applicable to their degree at a certificated college. She earned credits by attending the University of Colorado, The State Teachers College of Iowa, and North Missouri State. She also took classes at EACC. She earned enough credits for a teaching degree but not enough from the same college. She also worked at Measurement Research Corp. in Iowa City, Iowa grading college placement tests in 1966. Eileen also taught school in Creston, Iowa, Columbus, Georgia, and Forrest City, Arkansas. Georgia required all teachers to have a degree. Columbus, Georgia needed a kindergarten teacher for 40 army children at a location separate from the regular school location. They made an exception for Eileen!

Eileen grew up a member of the Lutheran Church. She continued her faith through lifelong service at the Faith Lutheran Church in Forrest City, Arkansas. Eileen was a member of the Pink Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (LWML), an usher at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee as well as the Fine Arts Center at EACC.

Eileen started teaching 1st grade in 1960 at New Hampton, Iowa., She became friends with another elementary teacher Kay, who had married Gary Snider’s older brother. Kay introduced Eileen to Gary March of 1963, by November of 1963, Gary asked Eileen to marry him after being drafted into the Army. Events, like draft notices sometimes have a way of clarifying the course of one’s life, in this case for the better. The wedding took place June 13th, 1964, and lasted until her death. Gary and Eileen had three sons starting with Monte, born December 31, 1968, Kemp, born September 4, 1973, and Rocky born December 7, 1978. All her sons were gifts from God as they never planned to have them 5 years apart or all on special dates. They brought them much joy over the years, even though at times they had to be parents!

Eileen and Gary’s sons, wives, and grandchildren: Monte Snider (Kirkland, WA) divorced from Heather (Gentry) has one daughter, Stella; Kemp Snider (Mill Creek, WA) married Simone (Tannert) and has one son Sebastian; Rocky Snider (Bothell, WA) married Samantha (Thomas) and has two sons Christian and Colton. Eileen has two surviving siblings; Ila Hebel, 95, of Manly, Iowa; Orin Liljedahl of Mesa, Arizona; nieces, nephews, and cousins both in the U.S. and Norway that are too numerous to mention.

Eileen and Gary’s 4 grandchildren are: Sebastian Snider, Christian Snider, Stella Snider, and Colton Snider who she loved very much.

Eileen was preceded in death by her parents John and Olga Liljedahl, two brothers Arden and Marlin Liljedahl; and one sister Crystal.

In loving memory of Eileen Snider, a Celebration of life will be on Saturday, March 9th, 2024, at the Campbell House, 305 North Forrest, Forrest City, AR. Open House will be form 1 until 4:00 p.m., Refreshments will be served. Kindly RSVP to

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Celebration of Life
March 9, 2024

1:00 PM
The Campbell House
305 North Forrest
Forrest City, AR 72335


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