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AYER — Phyllis A. (Gleason) Snyder, 51, died Saturday, Jan. 5, 2008 at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, after a two-year struggle with cancer.

Mrs. Snyder was born Dec. 2, 1956, a daughter of the late Justin P. Gleason and Josephine L. (Beasley) Bourget and resided in Concord, Mass., before moving to Ayer in 1999.

She was a 1974 graduate of Waltham High School and later continued her education at the Mass Bay Community College. She had been active in the Lowell Big Brother and Big Sister program. She was a member of the United Methodist Church of Westford.

Besides her mother in Waltham, she is survived by her husband of 30 years, James M. Snyder; a son and daughter-in-law; David J. and Kristin Snyder, of Hartwell, Ga.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Paul A. and Cathy Gleason, of Millis, and Gary L. and Marsha Gleason, of Waltham; a sister and brother-in-law, Joyce and William Bedard, of Nashua, N.H.; and her maternal grandmother, Marion Beasley, of Reidsville, Ga. She also leaves two grandchildren, Emily Snyder and Jacob Snyder.

For 25 years, Mrs. Snyder worked as a registered nurse at the Youville Hospital in Cambridge.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the United Methodist Church of Westford. Burial will be private.

Arrangements were handled for the family by the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, of Ayer. Please see for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wellness Community, Echo Bridge Office Park, 1029 Chestnut St., Newton, MA 02464 or to the Big Brother-Big Sister of Greater Lowell Inc., 45 Merrimack Street, Suite 227, Lowell, MA 01852.

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