Monday, February 20, 2023

Milliron Monday: In Memory Sylvia Snabl


Abbott "Pete" Smith D.V.M.:  June 16, 1938 - February 22, 2010
Virginia Joyann "Jody" Haley Smith: April 2, 1938 - May 9, 2021
Welcome to Milliron Monday where every Monday we celebrate the legacy of Milliron Farm and Clinic, Dr. Pete and Jody Smith. 

"On the death of a friend, we should consider that the fates through confidence have devolved on us the task of a double living, that we have henceforth to fulfill the promise of our friend's life also, in our own, to the world."
—Henry David Thoreau, Author
 

We send sincere condolences to the family of Sylvia Snabl. She was a very good friend of the Smith family. Connie Anderholm DVM, recently messaged about Sylvia's passing in October. I searched the web for Sylvia's obituary, but her son, Eric, writes, "I never wrote an obituary. I couldn't bring myself to do it." 

Sylvia was a seasoned equestrian, visiting the Milliron Farm trails often, as well as traveling with Pete and Jody to professional meetings. 

Dr. Anderholm shares a memory...

"I was thinking about a story Pete told me about Jody and Sylvia. Pete and Bud [Strouss] were attending the AAEP [American Association of Equine Practitioners] meeting in Philadelphia. One day, while they were attending classes, Jody and Sylvia decided to go the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Both women were dressed in jeans, boots, and flannel shirts. In other words, barn clothes. As they purchased their passes, the gentleman at the desk looked them over and asked, "Are you from Ohio?"

In a future post, I will revisit archived recordings from luncheons with Jody and Sylvia, sharing their witty banter and (mostly) talk about trail riding and horses. As we send blessings to Sylvia's family and friends, we remember the laughter and joy of long ago conversations, and Sylvia's love of horses.

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Wednesday, February 22, marks the 13th year of Dr. Smith's passing. 

 


Through captivating, powerful, and emotional anecdotes, we celebrate the life of Dr. Abbott P. Smith. His biography takes the reader from smiles to laughter to empathy and tears. Dr. Smith gave us compelling lessons learned from animals; the role animals play in the human condition, the joy of loving an animal, and the awe of their spirituality. A tender and profound look into the life of a skilled veterinarian.

  

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