Dallastown centenarian loved her life, would 'do it all over again'

Bill Kalina
York Dispatch

Kay Snyder celebrated her birthday by dancing the Charleston and the black bottom with her nephew.

She turned 100 on Tuesday.

Kay Snyder laughs with attendees on her 100th birthday at her Dallastown home Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. One of her caregivers, Shona Mcclung, organized a drive-by birthday for Snyder. Caregivers and family joined Snyder during the celebration. Bill Kalina photo

Her nephew Bill Moul joined his aunt’s team of caregivers from Almost Heavenly Home Care at Snyder’s Dallastown home to celebrate. One of the staff arranged for a drive-by birthday caravan, and visitors spoke with Snyder through an open bay window in the front of her home.

Sue Neff, who owns Almost Heavenly Homecare, talks with Kay Snyder on her 100th birthday at Snyder's Dallastown home Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. One of Snyder's caregivers, Shona Mcclung, organized a drive-by birthday for Snyder. Caregivers and family joined Snyder during the celebration. Snyder's caregivers are provided by Neff's company. Bill Kalina photo

The celebration was marked by laughter, storytelling and dance.

“We used to go dancing every Saturday night,” Snyder said. “I wish I could go again.”

Raised on a farm in a Pennsylvania Dutch family, Snyder stills uses much of the dialect, which her caregivers have picked up on.

“She loves to talk about her family, her history,” said Sue Neff, owner of Almost Heavenly Home Care. “Not many people who are 100 remember all that.”

Snyder’s husband, Richard Snyder, who died in 2018, was an avid “Honda man,” according to Moul, who said the couple would frequently take long road trips on a motorcycle, with Kay Snyder riding in an accompanying sidecar.

“Sixteen hundred miles on a motorcycle,” Snyder said, referring to one trip to the western United States. “And we’d pitch a tent every night.”

“We had a good time. We had a wonderful life,” Snyder said. “I wish I could do it again. I’d do it all over.”