Phyllis Matthews Snavely 98, Lakeland, Florida passed away August 5, 2022. Born in Curland, Michigan, graduated from Corunna High School. She attended Asbury College in Wilmore, KY where she met and became engaged to her future husband, Frank I Snavely, who had just returned from WWII. Frank returned to his home area of Pittsburgh, PA to finish his education at Pittsburgh University, and Phyllis returned to Corunna and taught in a one room school house. They were married in her home church in Corunna, June 9, 1948. Their first pastorate was in Chicago, IL while Frank continued his studies at Garret Theological seminary. Upon completion they moved to Western PA and served in the United Methodist Conference in Bethel Park, Johnstown, Swissvale, Beaver, and finally retired from Aliquippa, PA. . Phyllis also completed her undergraduate work and obtained a Master’s degree from PITT. She was a masterful musician and taught piano, sang and directed many choirs, and taught elementary school. While in the Beaver area she taught in Brighton Township and College Avenue Middle School. After retirement the Snavely’s moved permanently to Lakeland in 1994, and ultimately resided at Carpenter’s Estates since 2006. Frank passed away in April 7, 2008.
Phyllis is survived by daughter, Kathlene and her husband, David Cooper, of Lakeland and three grandchildren, two step- grandchildren, and 2 great- great grandchildren. Also survived by daughter Judith McDonald of Naples, FL. , 2 grand children, 4 great-grand children, and two great- great grandchildren.
Services for Phyllis’ Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, September 29th, 2 pm, at Carpenter’s Estates where Phyllis played piano and organ for many events and church services over the span of 13 years. Another service will be held at the College Avenue Methodist Church in Beaver, PA on October 2, at 3 pm. A brief time of fellowship will conclude each service.