Marie L. Snyder
April 28, 1922 - August 11, 2011
April 28, 1922-Aug. 11, 2011
SCHROON LAKE — Marie L. Snyder 89, passed away Thursday, Aug.11, 2011, in Schroon Lake.
Marie was born April 28, 1922, in Glens Falls, the daughter of the late Walter and Lucy Ide Lafayette.
It is impossible to say anything about Marie Snyder that does not begin with “Bob and Marie…” They were a remarkable couple who chose to live across a log bridge over a sparkling brook, up a rocky path, beside a still pond, in a house they build on a secluded plot of land off an unpaved road in Paradox. Though the outside world changed in dramatic ways, Bob and Marie stayed true to their vision, living peacefully amidst the beauty of nature for over fifty years. They published the “Backwoods Journal” filled with Bob’s stories, poems and drawings, inspired by their life in the woods.
Bob and Marie were fondly referred to (and described themselves ) as “hermits,” yet they graciously welcomed visitors. They called the second house they built (while in their 60s — without power tools) “rustic,” but it was an artistic and engineering marvel.
Marie was the more social of the two, looking after her neighbors, offering help to one and all. She loved nothing more than to be outside working — nothing except Bob. When he passed away on Nov. 29, 2000, she was bereft. She finished her days in Schroon Lake, helping out with lunches at the Senior Center.
Marie leaves behind four of her seven siblings: Bill Lafayette, Ruth and Bob Keddell, Erma and Dean Nordquist, Betty Avery and many nieces and nephews. Marie will also be remembered by a community of friends who loved and cherished her for the unique, intrepid soul she was.
There will be a memorial service Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in Paradox.