Obituary: SNARR, ZOLA MAY JOHNSON

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27 2014 11:42 p.m. MDT

Zola May Johnson Snarr2/21/1920 ~ 2/4/2012Zola May Johnson Snarr, a loving mother, devoted wife and avid golfer, died peacefully on Feb 4, 2012, at her Salt Lake City home.She was born Feb. 21, 1920, in Provo, Utah, to Lafayette Laurence and Alice May Harding Johnson. She was raised in Provo on the family's dairy farm, one of the largest in the state.After graduating from Provo High School, she worked in the accounting department at Sears and at The Salt Lake Tribune. On Jan. 5, 1942, she married her high school sweetheart, L. Glen Snarr, in the Salt Lake Temple.Zola and Glen made their home in Salt Lake City, except for 3 1/2 years during World War II when Glen served in the Army.In 1956, while Glen was working in Washington, D.C., Zola designed the house they would live in the for rest of their lives on the east benches of Salt Lake City. She also oversaw construction and decorated the interior to create a warm, welcoming home that would be enjoyed by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.She enjoyed working outside, and always had a well-tended yard full of blossoming trees and blooming flowers.She lived an active life and was an athlete who loved outdoor recreation. When her two children were still young, she took up figure skating and became an accomplished skater. She was president of the Utah Figure Skating Association for three years and served on the board for 12 years, and played a key role in making it a vibrant, successful organization.When she was in her 50's, she began hitting the Utah ski slopes during the winter and soon became a skilled downhill skier. Her summer months were focused on golf, a sport she would play well into her 80's.Her successes as a golfer included tournament wins as a member of the ladies teams at Hidden Valley-Fort Douglas Country Club and The Salt Lake County Club. Her passion for the sport was shared with her husband as well as her children and grandchildren, and she often dispensed the sage advice to "keep your head down.""Nana" was a caring, loving wife, mother and grandmother who was very generous with those she loved. She will be deeply missed by everyone whose lives she touched.An active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she almost never missed the televised Sunday morning performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She counted church presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Thomas J. Monson and their wives among her close friends.Zola was preceded in death by Glen. She is survived by her children, Michael (Tamie), Patti (John), grandchildren Josh (Dani), Travis and Allison Loftin, Marin, Taylor, Brennan (Tessa) and Madison Snarr, and great-grandchildren Alex and Charlie Loftin.Funeral services for Zola will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2012 at 12:00 noon at the Foothill 3rd Ward, 1933 South 2100 East, Salt Lake City, Utah, where friends and family may call from 10:30 am to 11:45 am prior to the services. Interment: Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park. Messages and tributes for the family may be posted at: www.larkinmortuary.com.