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Constance Snell, churchwoman, block club leader <br> Sept. 22, 1945 -- March 25, 2010

Constance L. Snell, a churchwoman who was active in neighborhood block clubs in Buffalo, died Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after becoming ill. She was 64.

Born and raised in Buffalo, Mrs. Snell graduated from Bennett High School and attended Buffalo State College.

She worked for 25 years at a number of General Motors facilities in the area, retiring in February 2001 from Delphi.

Mrs. Snell was a proud member of the ushers board of Redeeming Fire Fellowship Church and served as its president.

She married Hiram L. Snell in 1967. He died in 2004.

Mrs. Snell was active in her neighborhood, where children referred to her as Mom. She was a board member of the Delavan-Grider Block Club, the Buffalo Board of Block Clubs and the Good Neighbors Planning Alliance.

She served as president of the Humber Avenue Block Club, where under her leadership a community garden was planted at Humber and East Delavan avenues, a haven that continues to thrive.

In 2005, she received the United Neighborhoods Community Action Organization Model Block Club Award and was an honoree in the 2005 Great Lakes Missionary Baptist Association's Ushers Auxiliary. She was honored in 2006 with the Women Builders of Communities Award.

Surviving are a sister, Gloria Fields, and three daughters, Carol Miner, Carmen and Connie.

Services are scheduled for 11 this morning in Redeeming Fire Church, 145 Lewis St.


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