Mrs. Anne G. Snyder

Mrs. Anne G. Snyder


Let us remember the life and ministry of Anne Givens Snyder, 91, who died on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Anne was the widow of Rev. Dr. Lee D. Snyder.

Anne was born July 8, 1927 in Lafayette, LA, the youngest of 10 children. She graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) with the Outstanding Graduate Award in 1948. Anne then earned a master's degree in religious education from Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, TN (now the Scarritt Bennett Center). After World War II, Anne embarked on a career as a missionary in Japan, where she taught English. Upon returning to the United States, she worked at the Methodist Board of Missions in New York City. 

It was while working at the Methodist Board that she met Lee Snyder, who was junior pastor at Metropolitan-Duane Methodist Church in Greenwich Village. They married in 1961, had two children, and moved to Sarasota in 1969 for a job at New College of Florida. After being a stay-home mom for many years, Anne took a position at Pines of Sarasota, where she directed the volunteer program for many years. Anne was an incredible gourmet cook, avid gardener, and active member of North UMC (now Crossroads) in Sarasota.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Rev. Dr. Lee. D. Snyder. Rev. Snyder was ordained an elder in the New York Conference in 1961. He spent most of his career in extension ministries as a history professor. He retired in 1997 and died in 2012.

Anne leaves behind her daughter, Claire Snyder-Hall (formerly Becky), and her wife, Mikki; and her son, Tim Snyder, and his wife, Lisa.

A memorial service will be held on December 1, 2018 at 10am at St. John's UMC, 6611 Proctor Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241. A reception will follow at her daughter's home. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Lee and Anne Snyder Memorial Endowment Fund at the New College Foundation. Anne started the fund to continue their legacy by supporting undergraduate study abroad and junior faculty scholarship. Donations can be made online or via check to the New College Foundation, 5800 Bayshore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243