Ada Snyder Ada2Ada Cattanach (Jerrett/Snyder) ,Grandma Ada, passed away peacefully at home on the 3rd of April  2013. She is survived by three of her four children, Pamela Jerrett, Lauri Jerrett Gambetta, Doug Jerrett and preceded in death by her youngest daughter Cindy Jerrett.  Ada is also survived by her beloved son in law Del Gambetta, her grandchildren Kristen McCollum and Zak Jerrett and great grandchild Alex Clawson as well as dozens of friends in the community she loved and served.


Ada was born and raised in Seattle and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1935.  After High School she worked for Asahel Curtis up until he passed away in 1941.


After her career  she married David Jerrett.  She brought up her own family on the same street where she was born and raised and she lived her life in the home she watched being built so many Ada1years ago.


Ada loved  children and reading so combined her passions and became a Foster Grandparent at Olympic View Elementary School.    Olympic View was very special to Ada as she, her  Mother, and her children all attended Olympic View as well as her grandson and great grandson.  She began as a volunteer in Zak’s kindergarten class in 1990, followed by her great grandson’s class nine years later.  In 1999 she  became the Foster Grandparent of Mrs. Heindl’s kindergarten class and remained there until the day she retired.   Ada served as a  volunteer for 22 years.  She loved to read and enjoyed sharing this love by reading to the children and they loved reading to her. She really enjoyed the children and would often say ‘there isn’t a bad one in the bunch’ .  She was 95 when she retired from Olympic View and she missed seeing “her kids” every day.

In addition to being an avid reader, usually a book a day, she also loved movies, both classic and new, and frequented movie theaters all over the Seattle area.  She was not a driver so if a theater was not within walking distance you  would see her traveling by Metro. Ada loved basketball and was a season ticket holder for the Seattle Super Sonics and was in the crowd cheering them on during the NBA Championship in 1979.  So if she wasn’t reading, seeing movies or watching basketball she could be found listening to music.  She loved all kinds of music but was a huge Johnny Mathis fan and saw him every time he would come to town.

Ada will be missed by so many people she touched over her life..  She was always laughing, great to talk to and always made you feel good.   A truly wonderful Mother, Grand Mother, Great Grandmother and friend. We will carry her memory in our hearts forever.

A special thank you to:

Carol and Jan Tharp

The staff at Olympic View Elementary:
Pam Heindl, Teresa Olmstead and Anna Cieslar

Thoa of the Foster Grandparent Program

Providence Hospice with their help and support Ada was able to remain in the home she loved:
Courtney, Kate, Chris and Vilma

For a detailed story of Ada’s life please see YouTube video ‘Grandma Ada

4 Responses to “Ada Snyder”

  • Lael Jacobsen says:

    Very nice. RIP Ada.

  • Judith says:

    Ada was lucky to have lived such a long life. Thank you to Lauri and Del and Zak for taking care of her for so many years. Ada was always so kind to me and I appreciated that kindness. She will be missed by so many people.

  • Jan Cuillier says:

    Ada was one very amazing women and will be greatly missed. I feel very blessed to have known her. My thoughts and prayers to Del, Lauri & Zak and family.

  • Heidi Davis says:

    Ada was so amazing and an inspiration for how active and interesting she was. We will miss her spirit!

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