Evalyn Mae Snell Schrader Anstey, 93, of Medina, NY, entered into rest on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at the Medina Memorial Hospital, with her loving family by her side.
Born November 26, 1919 in East Shelby, NY, she was the daughter of the late George Albert Snell and Martha Susanna (Clark) Snell.
Evalyn went to a one-room country schoolhouse, rode the "first" bus that took school children from the country into Medina for the 7th through 12th grades. She graduated from Medina High School in 1938, and married Harold Schrader of East Shelby in 1939. She lived on Hemlock Ridge Rd., East Shelby, until 1954, on Erie St., Medina, until 1970, and on Ryan Rd., Medina, from then on. They had four children from 20 months to 18 years when Harold died in 1961. Evalyn raised the children herself and got three through college. She married Don Anstey of East Shelby, Medina in 1970. Evalyn graduated from beauty school in 1970, and was the owner/operator of her own business, Evalyn's Beauty Shop for several years. Her lifelong loves were flowers, birds, gardening, animals, and most of all, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her four children all built houses around her in the country. Every morning at least one of them would stop by for coffee, or one of her grandchildren would stop and wait inside for the bus. There was a path in the lawn worn by her and the dogs going from house to house. She never missed a family birthday party, a baseball game that her children or grandchildren were playing in, a family reunion, a Christmas dinner with all the family, or the many family BBQs outside. She went on many vacations with her kids, including Mexico, California, Las Vegas, Florida, Rhode Island, Canada and Massachusetts. She got her first computer at age 88 so she could get e-mails from her grandchildren that were living out-of-town. At 91 she did her own wash, cooked her own meals, cleaned her own house, and drove her own car. She was a wonderful, loving, remarkable woman and will be missed.
She is survived by children, David (Dianne) Schrader of Medina, Linda (Jerry) Paron of Medina, Steven (Sue) Schrader of Medina; daughter-in-law, Lillian Cree Schrader of Medina; brother-in-law, Cedric Anstey of Medina; sisters-in-law, Naomi Anstey Watts of Medina, Doris Anstey of Paris, TN, and Marie Anstey of Venice, FL; grandchildren, Kellie (Simon) Hurrell of Medina, Mark (Meg) Schrader of Brooktondale, Marcy (Jeff) Miller of Greer, SC, Janelle (Josef) Foster of Fairport, Rebecca (Aaron) Cook of Vacaville, CA, Darren (Kristen Brown) Schrader of Livingston, NJ, Heather Schrader, Aaron Schrader, Emily Schrader, Melanie Schrader, all of Medina; great-grandchildren, Taylor Hurrell, Hazel and Matilda Schrader, Nathaniel, Isabel and Zachary Miller, Gavin, Gabriel and Griffin Foster; many nieces and nephews, especially Gail (David) Culver and Cheryl Tuttle, all of Medina, Marcia Schaefer of Gasport, Rick (Barb) Nevins of Newport, Beach, CA, Colleen Eames of Kensington, CA, and Sharon Nevins of Corona Del Mar, CA. Evalyn was predeceased by her husbands, Harold in 1961, and Donald in 1999; her brother, Nelson Clark Snell in 1989; her son, Loren "Larry" Schrader in 2003; and a stepson, Thomas Anstey in 1997.
Relatives and friends may call on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, from 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Bates & Tuttle Funeral Home, 226 Pearl St., Medina, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1 PM, with the Rev. Erik Olsen officiating. Burial will be in Millville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Evalyn's name to East Shelby Community Bible Church, 5278 East Shelby Rd., Medina, NY 14103.
Please sign the online register book at www.batestuttle.com.