Dr. Blythe's Story
Dr. Blythe Harriet Snow, D.O., 67, died at her home in Houston, Texas, in December 2016. Born May 1, 1949, in Elwood, she was the daughter of Burnill and Bee Snow. The family later moved to Kokomo, where Blythe attended school and participated in 4-H and Girl Scouts.
As a child, she had a variety of pets; she loved caring for them. We were sure she would grow up to be a veterinarian. Blythe also did experiments with a toy chemistry set at home.
After traveling and working many places, Blythe joined the U.S. Air Force in 1974. As a jet engine technician, she became the T-4 Engine Shop assistant crew chief, NCO: E-4 sergeant, and was honorably discharged in 1979. While in the service, she began taking college courses and set her goal on a career in medicine.
Returning to her home state, she studied at Indiana University Bloomington, earning a B.S. degree in biological sciences in 1982. She then studied at UOMHS/College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa, where she received her doctor of osteopathy in 1987. After her internship and residence at Flint Osteopathic Hospital, she was granted a fellowship to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in 1990, and completed it in 1993.
Dr. Snow completed her residency at Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital in Emergency Medicine in 1996. During the time of her fellowship and residency, in addition to patient care, she conducted lectures for the medical staff and participated in Phase III clinical research. Dr. Snow was in solo private practice from 1996 to 2004. In addition to medical services, she provided clinical training to new doctors, nurses and medical assistants. During this time, she provided free medical care to new arrivals in local shelters for women and children, provided free screening for breast and skin cancer at an annual health fair, and gave teaching sessions on self-screening exams for early detections of those cancers.
Dr. Snow retired to her home in Houston, Texas, where she enjoyed the warm weather, attending auctions and yard sales, and becoming a reseller online.
Blythe is survived by sister, Beverly (Chuck) McCorkle, Palmer, Alaska; sister, Blanche Snow, Alexandria, Virginia; brother, Brent (Val) Snow, Tipton; sister, Dianne (James) Huffer, Kirklin; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents, Burnill (2001) and Bee (2014); sister, Brenda Lowry (2000); brother, Brian C. (2008); and nephew, Brian K. (1998).
Boyer Funeral Home, Sharpsville, is in charge of arrangements. There will be no visitation. Private graveside services will be later at Sharpsville Cemetery.
A charitable donation may be made in honor of Blythe Snow to an organization of your choice.
Published on June 6, 2017