Dallastown centenarian loved her life, would 'do it all over again'
Kay Snyder celebrated her birthday by dancing the Charleston and the black bottom with her nephew.
She turned 100 on Tuesday.
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.
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.”