Patricia (Pat) Alberth Snowden, 88

Patricia (Pat) Alberth Snowden, 88, of Ellwood City (Franklin Twp.) died on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Born March 4, 1934 in Worthington, PA, she was the daughter of the late James and Mary Himes and the widow of John (Jack) Snowden.

Pat was a graduate of Zelienople High School and Heidelberg College, where she studied elementary education. She devoted her professional life to teaching children, specializing in reading, in the Riverside School District both at Marion and Riverside Elementary Schools. Her gifts as a teacher were also shared as a children and adult Sunday School teacher and camp counselor at Concord United Methodist Church, where she was an active member.

In retirement, Pat made more than 20 short term mission trips to be the Lord’s hands, feet, and voice in several countries, the most numerous of which were to serve children at orphanages in Russia. She also served people in the USA and locally as a volunteer with the Red Cross Disaster Action Team and The Carpenter’s Project.
Pat was a lover of family – kids, grandkids and great grandkids – and their number one cheerleader. She was also a devoted Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates fan, a voracious reader, an encourager of the younger generation to step into reading, a bird watcher, ballroom dancer and finally, a wonderful example of trusting God in the midst of great things, good things, hard things and challenging things.

Pat’s survivors include: daughter, Lisa (Larry) Brown of Zelienople; son, Chris (Angela) Alberth of Fombell; four stepdaughters, Diane Terry of Ellwood City, RuthAnne (Kenneth) Frederick of Harmony, Karen (Paul) Hunter of Enon Valley, Carol (Allen) Bowman of Cassell Beach, NC; one stepson, David (Lynn) Snowden of Ellwood City; brother Jim (Buffy) Himes of Hacienda Heights, CA; 18 grandchildren; and 29 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edward Alberth.

Visiting hours will be held from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm on Tuesday, July 12, at the Marshall Funeral Home, 200 Fountain Ave., Ellwood City. Friends will also be received from 10:00 am until the time of the celebration of life at 11:00 am on Wednesday, July 13, at the Concord United Methodist Church, 285 Concord Church Rd., Beaver Falls. Pastor Chris Kindle will be officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ellwood City Library or the donor’s favorite charity.

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One thought on “Patricia (Pat) Alberth Snowden, 88

  1. Pat truly was a wonderful example of a servant. She joyfully served her Lord and loved her family deeply. I think fondly of her quick chuckle even in her dark moments. She is a beautiful example of how to anticipate the joy of heaven which is what she is doing now and forever.

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