Agnes Ruth (Snook) Nuttbrock, age 82, passed away peacefully on June 6, 2012 in Milwaukie, Oregon, after persevering without complaint through 5 years of cancer.
She was born Nov 3, 1929, in Elm Creek, Nebraska, to Bernard and Olive Snook, the eldest of nine children. She attended school as a young girl in Nebraska and moved to Keizer, Oregon, when she was ten.
She fell in love with her husband of 63 years while attending Salem Academy. She graduated in 1948 and was married later that year. While living in Keizer, she worked at the Murdoch Cannery and in the maternity ward at Salem General Hospital. She later attended the Bethesda Bible Institute in Portland, Oregon. In 1958, Agnes and Delbert moved to Milwaukie, where she created a loving home for her four children. She was a Sunday School teacher at the Milwaukie First Church of The Nazarene and provided child care. She was a long time member and volunteer at the Genealogical Forum of Oregon.
Agnes was a caring person, devoted wife and mother, always thinking of others first. Her focus in life was to provide a quality home for her husband and children. She was a skillful and organized homemaker. She sewed most of her young children’s clothes, often making matching clothes for the entire family. She continued sewing throughout the years for her grandchildren. She prepared amazing holiday dinners, made the best pies and cookies, and shared her canning expertise. She devoted much of her time and energy caring for family members, from the newly born and their mothers to the ailing, including her father until he passed away.
Beyond her immediate family, her passion was researching the extended family tree. She supported, encouraged, and helped organize Snook and Nuttbrock family reunions. She spent 50 plus years researching family history on microfiche and computers. Her research of the family lineage took her to libraries, city halls, and cemeteries across the country while gathering information and paying tribute to forgotten ancestors. The information and stories she gathered enrich the lives of her family with a better understanding of their ancestors and a pride in themselves and their heritage. The family history books she compiled and created are part of her legacy for future generations.
Her other interests included crocheting, maintaining a meticulous garden, and participating in the many family adventures of hiking, biking, boating, camping, and riding motorcycles. Nothing deterred her resolve when she felt something needed to be done, especially when it came to her family. Her values and love of life provided inspiration and guidance for her children to follow throughout their lives. Her love and laughter lives on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Agnes is survived by her husband, Delbert Nuttbrock; children and their spouses, Dennis and Gail Nuttbrock, Jerry and Jill Nuttbrock, Wayne and Cindy Nuttbrock, and Charlene and Lon Paulson; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and six brothers and sisters. She is proceeded in death by her infant daughter, parents and two siblings, Dorothy Hittle and Ted Snook.
A memorial service will be on June 16, 2012 at 2:00 held at City View Funeral Home in Salem, Oregon.