March 6, 2023
Karen Rae Snyder Smith, age 80, of Richwood, died peacefully Monday, March 6, 2023 at her home with her family at her side. An accomplished musician and former member of the Lima Symphony Orchestra, she taught violin and flute. She was associated throughout her years of teaching with a variety of music stores in Massachusetts and taught in her own home. For twelve years, she owned and operated a childrens’ clothing store, Cumberland Kids Co-op in Rhode Island. She also cleaned homes with her daughter, Melinda. Beginning in her childhood, Karen developed a passion for turtles and over her lifetime, acquired a beloved collection of turtle figurines. A 1960 graduate of Lima Senior High School, she attended The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She enjoyed traveling with her late husband, Ronald, to warmer climates, including St. Martin. Above all, she was a devoted wife and mother. She was born April 12, 1942 in Dearborn, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her father and step-mother Raymond and Emma Snyder and her mother, Geraldine Cleaves Snyder. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death on September 1, 2010 by her husband of 46 years, Ronald Allen Smith. Also preceding her were in-laws, Janet, Leland and Lowell. She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Smith of Richwood; her son, Ryan (Maryanne) Smith of Delaware; sisters-in-law, Mary (Brant) Tedrow, Vicki Smith and Rita Smith; and many nieces, nephews and loving friends, including a longtime “sister-at-heart” Penny Kurelic. Funeral services will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Underwood Funeral Home in Marysville where the family will receive friends beginning at 4 p.m. Private interment will be held at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Loving Care Hospice, 779 London Avenue, Marysville, Ohio. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwoodfuneralhome.com.