CLINTON — Clinton’s first female mayor will be laid to rest today in Austin, Texas, where she has lived for the past 10 years.
Elizabeth “Betty” Corwin Jones Snyder, who served as Clinton’s mayor from 1988 to 1993, died Nov. 29. A native of Fulton, Ill., she earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from Texas Christian University and her PhD from Southeastern University. She was the founding Dean at the University of Texas School of Nursing in Houston.
Snyder lived in Clinton between 1975 and 2003, before moving in with her daughter in Austin. During her time in Clinton, she also served as Dean of Instruction at Clinton Community College.
“Those of us who worked with Betty at the college feel very fortunate to have done so. Always gracious, always professional, always encouraging, Betty served as a role model for many of us - staff and students alike. She served our college and our community well,” CCC President Karen Vickers said in a written statement.
Mayor Mark Vulich said Snyder served as Clinton’s mayor in what was a difficult time for females in leadership roles.
“She kind of forged the trail there,” Vulich said. “She did a really good job of representing the city.”
Bob Soesbe and Darrell Smith both served on the council while Snyder was mayor. Both agreed she was a strong, opinionated woman who was easy to get along with.
“She was a very strong person and she was a very good leader,” Soesbe said. “She ran a good meeting, which was sometimes very important.”
While not involved alongside Snyder during her political career, Vulich knew her and her husband.
“She was a fine, very refined woman,” Vulich said. “She was a very classy lady.”
Snyder is survived by three Jones children, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, as well as four Snyder children, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was proceeded in death by husband Tindall P. Jones and by Dr. William C. Snyder, her childhood sweetheart and second husband.
A service will be today at 3 p.m. at Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin. Anyone wishing to share condolences with her family may visit www.cookwaldenchapelofthehills.com.