Luauna Lee Snapp, cherished wife, mother, and grandmother, age 80, died on Sunday morning, September 24, 2023, in her home in Springville, Utah, surrounded by her family. She was born December 11, 1942, in Portola, California, the daughter of Edith Blackburn Pitts and George Franklin Teel. Her mother later divorced, but was remarried to Clarence E. Pitts, whom Luauna was sealed to in 1964.
She married Emmett Jay Snapp September 17, 1965, in The Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. At this time, she worked for the Mountain Bell phone company. Before this, Luauna lived in Reno NV, North Dakota, Wyoming, and others as her father Clarence worked in the oil industry. Sue lived mostly in Vernal Utah. She graduated from Uintah High School, then attended The Church College of Hawaii (BYU, Hawaii), and then BYU Provo.
Luauna, or Sue as most people knew her (or “Sister,” if you were her cousin or close to her on Sue’s side of the family), was a homemaker early on and worked from home for an insurance company typing insurance policies. As her children were in school, she became heavily involved with the PTA at Art City Elementary School serving as the PTA secretary. At this time, she had the idea to initiate a fundraiser for the school selling scones at Art City Days in Springville (yes, those scones), after some time the Kiwanis Club took over this fundraiser and it remains the most popular booth at Art City Days every June.
Sue became a secretary at Art City Elementary working there for 10 years before taking the full-time secretary position at Grant Elementary School where she worked for an additional 14 years, retiring in 2004. We have lost track of how many adults told us over the years how kind and loving she was to them when they were students at these schools.
Sue was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints serving in young women’s presidencies, relief society, and the library for many years. Some of the things she enjoyed include genealogy, traveling, quilting, Coca-Cola, palm trees, snowmen, nutcrackers, her electric blanket (12 months a year, just sayin’), camping, lighthouses, taking photographs, and she loved Hawaii! Most of all, she loved her husband, her three kids and their spouses, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She always had a camera with her and took photos of her family, non-stop. She compiled dozens of photo albums including several for each of her grandchildren where they were each the focus in their own collection.
She was preceded in death by her mother Edith, her father Clarence, her brother Daryl, half siblings Jessie and Billie Ruth, stepsisters Mary and Beatrice, and stepbrothers Clancy and Everett.
Sue is survived by her husband of 58 years, E. Jay Snapp, her daughter Traci, her son Michael and his wife Kimie, and her daughter Marci and her husband Paul. She is also survived by nine grandchildren (four grandsons and five granddaughters) and four great granddaughters.
We want to give a special thank you to Kristie, LPN of iCare Home Health and Hospice. She was Sue’s lead nurse during her final weeks. Jessica was her lead CNA who came and cared for her daily. They both showed Sue incredible love and care.
Funeral Services will be Friday, September 29 at 11:00 a.m. in the Hobble Creek 12th Ward LDS Chapel located at 950 S 1700 E in Springville. Friends and family may attend a short viewing at the chapel from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. just prior to the funeral services. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Springville, UT. Please note the YouTube channel below where the funeral services will be streamed live.
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