Pearl Ann Hart Snell

unknown – Sept. 29, 2020

Pearl Ann Hart Snell has joined her husband, Russ, and her son, Lynn. She left this earth peacefully in St. George, Utah, on Sept. 29, 2020, while holding her daughter Leann’s hand.

She was a strong and sometimes stubborn woman. She fought long and hard through the tragedies of the past two years and finally decided she’d had enough. She was tired and needed to go home. She missed Russ, Lynn, her parents and her sister, Ila.

Pearl Ann was born in Lovell at her maternal grandmother’s house. She grew up on a large farm in Garland near her paternal grandparents. She was the oldest of four girls and three boys. She had the usual farm upbringing that included lots of work and times of great fun with siblings, cousins and friends. 

She married Russell Snell on Nov. 12, 1950. They were later sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple. Their oldest daughter, Leatha, was born the day after their first anniversary. She was followed by Lynn, Leann, Lyle, Marty and Jeff. There was a family joke that after Lyle was born, Pearl Ann’s mother refused to babysit if she gave another child an “L” name.

She was a complicated, fearless woman. She thought nothing of loading up her kids and driving her motorhome to visit family a thousand miles away. She was equally comfortable in a beet truck or her old standard transmission Plymouth station wagon. She loved to travel and visited many of the places she had always read about with Russ and many without him. On a driving trip to New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia she visited the Sacred Grove, the Hill Cumora and the Kirtland Temple. She was elated and humbled.

She was astute, observant, well-read and insatiably curious – traits she passed on to her children, who also inherited her stubbornness. She only started slowing down when rheumatoid arthritis began affecting her physically. Her last year was spent in St. George with her daughter Leann.

She leaves behind her children, Leatha (Russ), daughter-in-law Janet (Lynn), Leann (Lisa), Lyle (Mehl Ree), Marty (Patti) and Jeff (Cindy); 15 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; sisters Rhonda (Dave) Johns and Barbara Hart Dodge; and brothers Bill Hart and Larry Hart. She had many nieces and nephews who loved her and will miss her.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, Oct. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Byron Cemetery.