, Muskogee, OK


February 13, 2014

Mary Adelaide Snider Johnson

1916 – 2014

Mary Adelaide Snider Johnson died Friday, February 7, 2014, at Eastar Health System of Muskogee. She was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, March 12, 1916, to Ferdinand Peter Snider and Florence (Purtill) Snider. Her father was a 1909 graduate of the Law College at the University of Illinois. Her mother graduated from Rockford College in Illinois and Oried (now Simmons) in Massachusetts. They established their home in the new state of Oklahoma where a number of their childhood friends were settled.

After graduating from Muskogee Central High School in 1934, she attended college in Los Angeles, California, while living with Dr. Carl R. Purtill, her mother’s brother. On June 5, 1939, she graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.S. in Home Economics. She was an active Alpha Chi Omega Sorority member there.

She worked as a Dietitian for a few years before attending graduate school at Michigan State University. Her next position was as a Dietitian at Touro Infirmary, a hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. While there she met and married Rubein V. Johnson, originally from Georgia. They lived in New Orleans and Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Johnson, an attorney from Mercer University in Georgia was involved in independent petroleum exploration, and because of Adelaide’s hearing loss (a result of measles when she was 12 years old) became involved in the Hearing Aid Business in Louisiana and Atlanta. He patented 12 items to improve sound delivery.

As Adelaide’s parents aged, she and Rubein moved to Oklahoma to assist them. Here she returned to her field as a Dietitian working at Muskogee General Hospital and retiring from the VA Hospital.

Other activities included the First Presbyterian Church, Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Colonist, Hildreth Family Association and the Red Cross. At her church, she served as president of the Margaret Morrison Guild, and president of the Womens’Association, Circle Leader, Bible Study Chairman, Elder and was a 50 year member. In DAR and DAC, she did her first serving as Chapter Regent, held a State office and State and Chapter Committees. Representing the 10th generation of the Hildreth Family in the USA (in her line were all Presbyterians). Adelaide enjoyed attending 14 reunions of the family, including two very special trips to the area of the family origin in England.

In 2004 and in frail health, Adelaide moved into the Retirement Apartments of Pleasant Valley and was assisted by her close friend and helper, Mrs. Carolyn Jacobs. There, her later years were pleasant and after a 90th birthday celebration time passed rapidly.

Adelaide was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Ferdinand P. Snider and wife, Mabel, and her husband Rubein Virgil Johnson.

Adelaide is survived by the two daughters of her brother, Adelaide S. Flanigan and husband, Kent, of Lacon, Illinois and Julie S. Flanegan and husband, Bert, of Gainesville, Florida; great nieces, Carrie Fidler and husband, Jared, their children Damaris and Camden, Elizabeth Bierman, and great-nephews, Ryan Murphy and wife Martina, and their two children, Emma and Benjamin, and Graham Murphy.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, February 14, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church with Rev. Ann Brizendine officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhill Cemetery.

Funeral service arrangements are under the direction of Foster-Petering Funeral Home. Condolences to the family may be made at


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