Lyn Snow’s passions in life were simple — spending time with her husband and 12 grandchildren, and creating lyrical watercolor paintings of flowers, drawing inspiration from her daily walks through gardens and fields that surround her home in mid-coast Maine.
Snow was a former nurse who grew up poor in Fall River. That she would become a well-known painter in middle-age surprised Snow, who, at 72, continued to ride horses and revel in the outdoors.
A tiny tick ended all of that.
Snow died last week, apparently from Powassan virus, a rare tick-borne illness that is capturing increasing attention from public health officials amid reports of at least one other suspected case in Massachusetts.