Mary L. Shoemaker, formerly of South Whitley, died at 2:50 a.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
She was born Dec. 27, 1930, in Laketon, a daughter of the late Willard and Candace (Baker) Sitts. She grew up in in Laketon where she attended Laketon High School.
On Oct. 18, 1947, she was united in marriage to Donald E. Snyder, Sr. They made their home in South Whitley. Donald died Jan. 2, 1984. On Dec. 27, 2004, she married Jay Shoemaker. He died Jan. 3, 2009.
She was a full-time homemaker, raising her children and maintaining the household. She was a life-member of the VFW 5582 Ladies Auxiliary, Columbia City.
She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. She was fond of bird watching.
She is survived by her children, Linda (Raymond) Loe, North Webster, Donna (Leroy) Fugate, Lake Panasoffkee, Fla., Donald (Vicky) Snyder, Jr, South Whitley, and Julie (Dennis) Warrick, Milford; step-children Kevin (Deb) Shoemaker, Silver Lake and Kip (Trisha) Shoemaker, Laketon; 15 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Billy Sitts, Warsaw, and two sisters, Betty Poppy, Florida, and Violet Gagnon, Akron.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date at the South Whitley Cemetery. Smith & Sons Miller Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Preferred memorials in Mary’s honor are to Riley Children’s Hospital.