Pastor Linda Snyder, of Sacramento's United Methodist Church, died Tuesday from complications from necrotizing fasciitis – commonly referred to as "flesh-eating bacteria."
Snyder had been with the church for a decade when she developed a wound, possibly an abscess. She was rushed to the hospital Jan. 6 when the wound had been taken over by necrotizing fasciitis.
Her loved ones can laugh as they remember her because of all the joy she brought into their lives.
"She was my best friend," says her daughter, Karen.
Snyder was the kind of woman who had a special show tune for each of her grandchildren, wore her tie-dye birthing shirt to all of their arrivals, loved her husband Chuck through 37 years of marriage and ministered to hundreds of Methodists as their pastor.
Her illness slowed that bundle of energy and love down in January, setting her up for a six-month battle she did not win.
"It's coined this name because it is such an aggressive germ. It does tend to cause a syndrome that people worry the flesh is being eaten. That’s how quickly the flesh is destroyed," said Doctor Lynn Fitzgibbons of Kaiser Permanente's infectious disease department.
"She developed lots of complications as a result of the bacteria and surgeries to contain the bacteria. Her lungs were really scarred and she had lots of lung issues and pneumonia almost nonstop," Karen told FOX40.
After 17 years helping other people find solace in the worst of times, her daughter and other loved ones were able to be with her as her lungs and kidneys gave out.
"She was a woman of faith and that gave her the strength and passion to live her life," said Karen.
All of Snyder's family, friends and the folks she's pastored over the years will gather at Japanese Methodist Church on June 30 to say their final goodbyes.