Ethel Snedeker Lawton

Ethel Lawton

Ethel Snedeker Lawton, 103 years old, of Northville, NY, has passed to her eternal reward on December 23, 2017, at the Fulton County Infirmary of Gloversville, NY, where she had been a resident since 2011 while recovering from a hip surgery.

Being the oldest living member of the Snedeker Family, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Minnie Snedeker. She was born on June 10, 1914, on the family farm in Wayne County, near Poyntelle, Pa. In 1942, she became a member of the Methodist Church in Beach Lake, PA and later at Poyntelle Methodist Church.

She attended schools in Poyntelle and Lakewood, Pa. In her early life while married to her first husband, they operated a dairy farm together near Honesdale, Pa. She later worked as a dishwasher for several months at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. During her early years in Pennsylvania, she was a faithful supporter and attendee of the Hancock, NY Free Methodist Camp. In the late 1940s she moved to Lacona-Sandy Creek, NY area. There she also worked as a farmhand in the dairy on the Reed Shafty Farm in the late 1950s while she also cared for her aged mother whom she loved dearly until her passing in 1975. During that time of her life, she became a member of the Boylston Wesleyan Methodist Church and for many years she became a faithful attendee and a supporter of the Richland, NY Holiness Camp Meeting.

In the mid 1960s she moved to Woodville, NY where she resided until the fall of 1977. During that time, she attended and supported the Pilgrim Holiness Church of Pierpont Manor, NY under the tenure of Rev. Warren Babcock. She relocated in 1977 to be near her oldest brother and his family in Northville, NY after his wife passed away. While there she became a member of the Fox Hill Evangelical Wesleyan Church. She also faithfully supported and attended the Annual Camp Meetings each summer on Fox Hill. She was the oldest living member of the Evangelical Wesleyan Church.

While Ethel was afflicted for many years with hearing impairment and legally blind, she still loved her Lord, her church, her husband, her family, and her many friends. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley (Popsicle) Card; her second husband, Glenn Bigelow, and her loving late husband, the Rev. Seymour W. Lawton, whom she married on October 14, 1980, who passed away on February 19, 2013; her two brothers, the Rev. Clarence A. Snedeker, Raymond Snedeker; a nephew, Robert Clarence Snedeker; a niece, Alberta Snedeker; and great-nephew, Timothy P. Fracassee; and most recently her niece on August 6, Virginia Alice Beesmer.

She is survived by a stepdaughter, Marion Lawton; and by many step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren, great-nieces and nephews, great-great-nieces and nephews and great-great-great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Northville, NY Funeral Home; on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, by her nephew, the Rev. Donald D. Snedeker Sr., pastor of the Stateline Evangelical Wesleyan Church of Great Bend, Pennsylvania, and her pastor, the Rev. G.H. McCleery of the Fox Hill Evangelical Wesleyan Church. Viewing will be at 12 p.m. noon until time of service at 1:00 p.m. A spring burial will take place in the Edinburg Cemetery.