Linda Snyder Mrs. Linda Snyder, 75, of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Friday, June 10, 2022.
Linda was best known as a longtime choir director at Martinsburg High School, her alma mater. Under her leadership, the school’s Good Times Show Choir became a state champion, and Linda mentored hundreds of students during her 18 years of service to the school.
She was born Linda Plume in Martinsburg, West Virginia in 1946. Linda’s love for music blossomed at an early age. As a child, Linda’s parents told her they could afford either a television or a piano, but not both. Linda chose the piano and managed to convince her sister to accept the choice. This choice served her well throughout her life.
Linda attended Martinsburg High School and graduated in 1964. She earned undergraduate degrees in Education and Music (Pipe Organ/Vocal) from West Virginia University in 1968. It is at WVU that Linda first developed the twin loves of WVU Football and her husband, Donald William “Bill” Snyder II – in that order. Go mountaineers!
Linda and Bill married in 1968 and later moved to Newport News, Virginia, where Linda devoted herself to her family and her love of music. At Newport News, Linda raised two children while serving as organist and choir director at Denbigh Presbyterian for 18 years and teaching primary school music.
In 1994, Linda and Bill decided to return home to West Virginia. They settled in Shepherdstown, where Linda later served as organist and choir director at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church for 20 years. In her 38-plus years as a church organist and choir director, Linda’s Christmas Eve musical services were very special to her.
In 1994 Linda returned to Martinsburg High School to teach music. It was in Martinsburg that Linda found her true calling – to mentor and inspire students through music. She saw music as the perfect vehicle to teach students about courage, perseverance, and the value of hard work. Under Linda’s tutelage, her students thrived. They learned to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams. They learned the importance of leadership, teamwork, respect for others and personal responsibility. Along the way, his Good Times Show choir won two state championships and the respect of schools in the eastern United States and Canada. Linda was inducted into the Martinsburg High School Hall of Fame in 2017.
After retirement, Linda devoted herself to her grandchildren and shared her love of music with them. Her two oldest grandchildren received violin and voice lessons, along with a determined grandmother who was willing to drive an hour each way to take them to lessons herself. Her youngest grandchild received piano lessons taught by Linda herself as a gift. Even as Linda grew increasingly ill, her priority was to pass on her love of music to the girls she loved so dearly.
Linda died before the deaths of her father, Lester Houston Plume, and her mother, Ruth Koons Plume, of Martinsburg, West Virginia. She is survived by her beloved husband, Bill Snyder; his son, Donald William Snyder III and his wife Christine, of Shaker Heights, Ohio; his daughter, Susan Snyder Quintas and her husband, Major General John Quintas (retired USAF), of Aldie, Va.; his greatest sources of pride and joy, his granddaughters Ava, Elisabeth and Caroline Quintas, of Aldie, Virginia; his sister, Elizabeth Fuss, of Frederick, Maryland; his brother, David Plume, of Martinsburg, West Virginia; and three nephews. Also survived by his family of show choirs, which number in the hundreds and span the country.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 16 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Shepherdstown. Linda will be buried later Thursday in a private ceremony attended by the family. A celebration of life ceremony will take place in the coming months.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Linda Snyder Memorial Scholarship Fund, which will be awarded to a deserving music student at Martinsburg High School. The fund is managed by the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation, 229 East Martin Street, Suite 4, Martinsburg, WV 25401. Checks should be made payable to EWVCF and the note line should reference “Linda Snyder Memorial “.
Arrangements made by Brown Funeral Home.
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