Mary Ellen Snodgrass was born at home on Russel Street in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her family moved to Denver for better employment opportunities when she was 3 years old.
She grew up in east Denver on Krameria Street, across the street from her elementary school and in walking distance from Montclair United Methodist Church where she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior as a young girl.
She was involved in Youth For Christ outreach and numerous Bible studies. She graduated from East High School in 1951. She attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina where she taught in a Good News Bible Club, specializing in reaching underserved communities with the Gospel message.
She returned to Colorado and attended Rockmont Bible College where she fell in love with, and later met, Jim Skidmore who would become her husband of 56-1/2 years before his death in 2012.
Mary was an artist, specializing in oil paintings. Many of her favorite paintings have graced the cover of her famous Christmas cards, which she lovingly sent to over 250 grateful recipients each year. She loved clouds and mountains and deer, which were her favorite subjects to paint.
After suffering a stroke, Mary passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and family, who had invited her to live with them just 3 months prior to her death.
Mary is survived by her sister Emma Goodenough of Longmont; her brothers Verlan (Barbara) Snodgrass of Cedarburg, WI, and Loren (Jackie) of Lompoc, CA; her six children all living in Colorado: Greg Skidmore of Denver; Amy (Dan) Hoppes of Black Hawk; Suzie O’Connor of Littleton; Robin (Chris) Melkus of Elizabeth; Scott (Christine) Skidmore of Denver; Rick (Stacey) Skidmore of Aurora; plus 16 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Compassion International or Feed the Children would be most appreciated. She was a regular supporter of these charities because of their focus on sharing the Gospel and improving the lives of children.