Melinda Snyder

Melinda Orlenia (Juul) “Rosie” Snyder, 72, of rural Cedar Vale, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, June 25, 2020. She was in Sedan City Hospital with the support services of Kindred Hospice of Winfield.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date at the Snyder Ranch west of Cedar Vale. Miles Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Rosie always wanted people to have a good meal, and she was willing to give a helping hand to someone in need or someone down on their luck. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the People’s Place in Cedar Vale or Angels in the Attic in Arkansas City. Online condolences can be made at

Rosie, as she was known to family and friends, was born on Nov. 26, 1947, in Southwest City, Mo., to Clarence and Lenia Mae (Foraker) Juul. She was the second child of her parents’ eight children. Her father had six other children from a previous marriage.

Growing up, Rosie lived in different locations with her family, going to school in El Paso, Texas; Albuquerque, N.M.; Ogden, Utah; and Kansas City, Kan. In her teens, the family moved to Wichita, and Rosie met and married Fred Lee Jr. They were blessed with their son, James Lee. Fred and Rosie later divorced.

Rosie married Ed Snyder in 1999 in Cedar Vale. Ed and Rosie enjoyed well more than 20 years of love, laughter, family gatherings and companionship.

Rosie worked as a homemaker and did home care for individuals. She was a waitress and owned/operated the Prairie Kitchen Café in Cedar Vale before retiring. Rosie’s great cooking and homemade pies were incomparable. It would be remiss not to mention her passion for the pursuit of the ultimate big casino jackpot. She loved to snag a friend or family member to accompany her to Newkirk, Okla., for an evening of entertainment at the casino.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Lenia Mae (Foraker) Juul; brothers, Clarence “Sonny” Juul, Robert Juul, and Peter Juul; and sisters, Leda Juul, Elaine Kelso, and JoAnn Moore.

Rosie is survived by her husband, Ed, of the home; son, James Lee Blake (Kim), of Arkansas City; stepson, Errol Snyder (Linda), of Cedar Vale; brothers, John Juul (Kim) and Sam Juul (Pam), both of Cedar Vale; sisters, Teresa Daniels (Paul), of Mountain View, Ark., Mary Douglas (Bryan), of Damon, Texas, Molly Crossland (Ray), of Cedar Vale, and Lena Duncan (Jim) of Cedar Vale; half-sister, Christina Johnston (Mark), of San Diego; and many nieces and nephews with great memories of holiday dinners with Aunt Rose and her good food and hospitality. Family and helping others are Rosie’s legacy.

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