Ava (Bobbie) C. Alvarado Snyder, 49, a lifetime Sunnyside resident, went to be with the Lord of heaven on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012, lovingly surrounded by her family at the Bailey Boushay Treatment Center in Seattle.

She was born Sept. 16, 1962 in Sunnyside, the daughter of Benny Alvarado and Cleotilde C. Nimeitz.

Ava received her education in Sunnyside. She had also become a CNA.

Before Ava became ill she had been employed by Sunnyside Nursing Home as director of senior activities.

Ava loved helping other people. If you needed a hand she would help. She enjoyed numerous things, such as Spanish music, western movies, camping, BBQ's, outdoors and going "cruising" around town.

Her specialty was cooking, especially her tacos.

Ava cherished being around her family and loved seeing her eight grandchildren when she could.

She will be greatly missed by her canine companion, Arthur. He is not the same without you, mom.

She is survived by her mother, Cleotilde Nimeitz of Federal Way; her three children, Nicklous (Sabrina) Snyder of California, Anthony (Amanda) Snyder of Prosser and Andrea Snyder of Outlook; eight grandchildren; two brothers, Raymundo Alvarado of Oregon and Eliazar Mico Gonzalez of Renton; three sisters, Alma Griener of Bothell, Ada Alvarado of Portland, Ore. and Lisa (John) McKinney of Richland; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leon and Cresencia Cruz; uncle, Jose R. Cruz; and multiple relatives.

We all have great memories of Ava and will continue to remember the good times we spent together.

You may be gone but will never be forgotten.

Special thank you to the University of Washington Hospital for taking care of my mom and also to Bailey Boushay Treatment Center, and a huge thank you to Emma Gonzalez of Sunnyside, for taking on a big responsibility of caring for my mom. You stuck by her side until the end, never thinking about giving up. You always put a smile on my mom's face and for that I thank you, Tia Emma.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Grandview Church of the Nazarene, with reception following.

Barton Funeral Home in Seattle is in charge of arrangements.


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