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Nancy Snell

June 28, 1941 — October 5, 2023

Nancy passed away on the evening of October 5, 2023, surrounded by family. Born June 28, 1941, to Vivian Reid Mehr and Alma Mehr in Downey, California, Nancy was the second of their four children. She loved her sisters, Marilyn Mehr and Judy Mehr Olson, and her brother, Dennis Mehr, and they remained close despite living in many different places through their adult lives. After graduating from Paramount High School, Nancy attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in English, then went on to teach English at Orem High School. Nancy met Lee Snell, the love of her life, at BYU. They were married July 19, 1963, in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.

Lee and Nancy decided together that they wanted to move their very young family to New Zealand where Lee had served his LDS mission. They lived in Temple View, New Zealand and Lee taught English for three years at Church College of New Zealand. When they returned to California, Nancy took with her a lifelong love of the Maori and other Polynesian cultures; the desire to extend Polynesian hospitality to their friends and family for the rest of her life; a fourth child, Sara Grace; and her favorite of Lee's nicknames for her, « Nan Dear. »

Nancy had a sharp mind and quick wit. As her children grew older, she was able to use her writing skills to publish the Highland Piper with her friend Kathryn Schramm. She worked at the Alpine Police Department, a job she thoroughly enjoyed. Nancy loved playing cello and singing in the choir, and she shared Lee's love of poetry. She was a loyal friend and devoted time to keeping up with the many friends she had gathered throughout her life.

Nancy and Lee were lifelong devoted members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in most church organizations, including as a temple worker, Relief Society President, and as a senior missionary in Montreal with Lee. She had a special love for Primary.

She is survived by her 7 children; Lisa (Cameron) Fowler, Pete (Amanda), Nate (Buffy), Sara (Jon) Dickey, Carrie (Russell) Meeks, Emily (Cory) Hampton, and Joseph (Melanie); siblings, Marilyn Mehr (Betty Walker), and Judy (Jim) Olson; 29 dearly loved grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Lee Snell; her parents, Alma and Vivian (Reid) Mehr, her brother, Dennis Mehr; and grandson, Brandon Gray.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 21, 2023, at 11:00 am at the LDS Chapel (6050 W. Chapel Drive, Highland, Utah). Visitation Friday, October 20th from 6:00-8:00 pm at Anderson and Sons Mortuary (6141 W. 11000 N. Highland, Utah), and from 9:45 - 10:45 am Saturday, October 21, 2023 at the LDS Chapel (6050 W. Chapel Drive, Highland, Utah) before the funeral service. Internment at Highland Cemetery will follow the service. The grave will be dedicated by Nancy's son, Joseph Snell.

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