Arleta was born November 20, 1924 in Alton, Osborne County, Kansas. Following graduation from Osborne High School in 1942, she worked for the family appliance business until she married Maurice Snyder on April 21, 1946.
Following their marriage the couple moved to a farm they purchased near Alton. During their years on the farm, four children were born: Rocky Jo, who died in childbirth; Rocky Wayne; Leta Jean; and Gary.
Maurice and Arleta sold their farm in 1962 and moved the family to Arizona, hoping the warm dry weather would help Arleta’s arthritis. After two years in Tucson and elsewhere the family settled in Willcox, Arizona, where Arleta worked as office and advertising manager for the Arizona Range News.
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Arizona Range News – October 2, 1986
Greg LaFreniere, editor-publisher of the Arizona Range News, presented her with a plaque for her 18 years of dedication, devotion and loyal service to the weekly publication and the people of the Willcox area.
She has also been associated with the San Pedro Valley News-Sun, Benson, Arizona, and the Eastern Arizona Courier, Safford, Arizona. She was formerly a stringer for the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, Arizona.
She is an Arizona Honorary Future Homemaker, Willcox Honorary Chapter Farmer of the FFA, past public speaking leader for the Kansas Settlement 4-H Club and earned two plaques as Employee of the Month from the Willcox Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.
Arleta attended Cochise College in Douglas, Arizona. She plans to spend some time in Osborne, Kansas to be near her family beginning in November.
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Arleta returned to Kansas in 1986 and settled in Osborne. She became one of the most active community volunteers in the entire history of Osborne County, and served with a number of religious, civic, and social organizations. Arleta continued to use her news writing skills as the Osborne correspondent for the area newspapers. Besides her activities in the Methodist Church and with the Methodist women, Arleta was involved in the Hospital Auxiliary, the Senior Center, and the Osborne High School Alumni as well as anyone else that asked for her assistance.
Her main passion was working in the Carnegie Research Library, organizing membership drives and editing the Leaves of Lineage newsletter. Arleta was especially admired as well for her extensive work with the elderly.
After a lifetime of giving this great-grandmother passed away on March 2, 2007 in Osborne at the age of 82. She was laid to rest in the Osborne Cemetery.
Shortly before her death Arleta was informed of her impending induction into the Osborne County Hall of Fame. In typical Arleta fashion, she thought that while it was all very nice, “There are really other people who deserve it more”.
Perhaps there are, Arleta, but few will ever match the spirit for life that you showed the world.