Virginia Louise Riley Snyder, of Greeneville, Tennessee, and more recently of St. George Island, died unexpectedly on Monday, July 24, 2017 in Florida at the age of 77.

Louise was a beautiful soul with a love for life, abundant energy, constant expectancy that life was good and was so excited to pursue her recently retired status with her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Jeanne Snyder Rickerson, son-in-law Ricky Rickerson, and grandson Riley Rickerson, all of St. George Island; two sisters, Pat Lusk (Robert, deceased) and Charlotte Lessig (Dennis) of Seymour, Tennessee; granddaughter Madelyn Brown (Eric) and great-granddaughter Iris; grandson Weston Ottem (Sasha) and great-grandson Jack. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her sisters, Alma Jean, 2, and Barbara Ann, 8 months; her husband of 25 years, Wayne Snyder, 47, of Greeneville, Tennessee; her son, Benjamin Snyder, 48, of Knoxville, Tennessee; her fiance of 23 years Richard Gillespie, 78, of Greeneville, Tennessee; and her parents Benjamin and Virginia Riley, of Kodak, Tennessee.

Louise was born on June 10, 1940 in Kodak, Tennessee to Ben and Virginia Riley. She graduated from Sevier County High School in 1958. She married Wayne Snyder in 1961, and children Benny and Jeanne were born in 1963 and 1969 respectively. In 1978 she returned to school at East Tennessee State University graduating ultimately with her LCSW, MSW, LCP with honors.

She began working for the Greeneville City School system in 1974 and retired 37 years later. In 1987 she began working at The Greeneville Pediatric clinic in private practice and retired in Dec. 2016. She thoroughly enjoyed and loved both jobs, her co-workers, and all of her patients.

Kelley Funeral Home assisted the family in the handling of all local arrangements.

Visitation and memorial services were held at Jeffers Mortuary in Greeneville, Tennessee on Sunday afternoon, July 30. All were welcome to attend and celebrate Louise’s life. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to The American Heart Association.