Paula Elaine Vinson passed away September 24, 2016. Visitation will be Monday, September 26, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Elmwood Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at Wylie Baptist Church, 6097 Buffalo Gap Road, Abilene, TX.
Elaine was born on December 15, 1945 in Callahan County to Harold and Ellen Snyder. She graduated from Clyde High School in 1963 and was a longtime resident of Potosi and Abilene. Elaine had a very successful career in the food service industry. She spent 32 years working for Joe Allen and Sharon Riley’s restaurants including many years managing their catering services. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, was an amazing cook, entertainer, and took great joy in the many hours spent creating her own backyard oasis from the many arrangements of flowers and plants she grew herself. She was also known for the love of her animals and enjoyed singing country and gospel music. She was known for treating everyone she ever worked with as though they were close members of her own family. She was forever known as everyone’s “other” mother, and truly love each and every one she considered a part of her heart.
She is survived by three daughters, Kelly Jacob and husband Boyce of McKinney, Toni Harvey of Abilene, Tara Deatherage and husband Andy of Waller; six grandchildren, Annie Parmelly, Abby Parmelly, Andrew Young, Calli Harvey, Hadleigh Harvey, and Emery Deatherage; one brother, Wayne Jones of Haltom City; five neices, Joy Denise Gibson and husband James, Tracy Kulyeshie and JB, Desiree Southall, Whitney Fidler, and Kathryn Snyder; one uncle, Carrel McKnight of Winters.
Elaine was preceded in death by her parents, two grandsons, Jacob Harvey and Hayden Harvey; three brothers, Ronnie Snyder, Ricky Snyder, and Jerry Snyder; and one aunt, Katie McKnight.
The family would like to express sincere thanks to special friends who helped during these past months, Nelda Williams, Donna Baker, Heidi Heslep, Jill Holland, Cheryl Brookes, Renee Montgomery, Tina Hershaw of Diamonds In The Ruff, nurses of Abilene Regional Medical Center Oncology Dept., Dr. Melnyk, Dr. Dawson, and the staff of Hospice of the Big Country.
My deepest sympathies to the family. I met Elaine in the late 80's, she and my brother Edward worked together at Cahoots. She was a very sincere individual, she left us with a lot of fond memories.
Sandra Ruelas WiseAbilene, TX
Our dear sweet friend, Elaine, will forever remain in our hearts and remembered with great joy and love. We will miss her so.
Love, Cheryl & Wayland
Cheryl & Wayland HueyAbilene, TX